Deep drama being shot in Dumbarton

BBC Scotland studios in Dumbarton are being used to shoot a five-part thriller set thousands of feet below the Arctic ice.

Actors, James Nesbitt, Minnie Driver and Goran Visnjic begin filming on The Deep, which is being made for BBC One by independent TV production company, Tiger Aspect Productions.

The studios are the base for the BBC Scotland soap, River City, and have also been recently used for Garrow’s Law (BBC1), Hope Springs (BBC1) and Personal Affairs (BBC3).

Written by Simon Donald, The Deep follows the crew of a submarine on a marine life research project.

But the vessel is then struck down, leaving it stranded with no power, limited oxygen and no communication with the surface.

Says Greg Brenman, head of drama at Tiger Aspect: “The Deep will offer a breathtaking, high-octane viewing experience, mixing non-stop jeopardy with a thrilling narrative drama from the headlines. It is testament to Simon Donald’s gripping and expertly-crafted script that we have attracted such distinguished and prominent names to this series. We are immensely proud and privileged to be working with Minnie, Goran and James.”

The directors are Jim O’Hanlon (Emma) and Colm McCarthy (Murphy’s Law) and it is being produced by Tiger Aspect’s Will Gould. It is being ‘exec-produced’ by Brenman and the BBC’s Eleanor Moran. It was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, and Jay Hunt, Controller BBC One.