Silent Witness upsets islanders with fictional location identify

Emilia Fox in the Silent Witness episode set in the fictional town of Southbay. (BBC)

Emilia Fox within the Silent Witness episode set within the fictional city of Southbay. (BBC)

Silent Witness has upset residents of the Isle of Sheppey for utilizing it as a location however giving it a pretend identify.

The BBC crime drama – starring Emilia Fox and Amanda Burton – set its two half sequence finale on the small island on the north coast of Kent however referred to as the city Southbay and mentioned it was in Essex.

Phil Crowder, Chairman of the Sheerness City Workforce in Sheppey instructed Kent Online: “I’ll write a strongly-worded letter of grievance to the producers.

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“Earlier within the sequence they went to Dartford and had no hassle saying the place they have been. However for some motive they modified the identify of Sheppey to a spot referred to as Southbay.

Silent Witness stars Emilia Fox and Amanda Burton. (BBC)

Silent Witness stars Emilia Fox and Amanda Burton. (BBC)

“I do know it’s a fictional story but when Dartford can get a reputation verify in the identical sequence then I do not perceive why Sheppey cannot. It is actually irritating. We want all the assistance we will get as of late to draw vacationers.

“There have been some beautiful photographs of the Kingsferry Bridge and the seashores at Minster and Shellness however nobody will know the place they’re.”

Referring to Silent Witness putting the fictional city in Essex, which was referenced on display by one of many characters, Crowder mentioned: “That basically did take the biscuit. It is unbelievable. We aren’t even in Kent any extra! It was a wasted alternative.”

The BBC mentioned, “no offence was meant in anyway” by not naming the Isle of Sheppey as an actual place.

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The BBC mentioned no offence was meant by Silent Witness not name-checking Sheppey. (BBC)

The 2 episodes of the finale of season 26 of the homicide investigation sequence have been referred to as Southbay Half 1 and Southbay Half 2.

After Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was criticised for giving £210 million in the direction of ‘levelling up’ initiatives within the south east, whereas Northern areas have been allotted much less cash, The Sun ran a characteristic on the Isle of Sheppey, highlighting why components of the area have been in want of funds.

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It referred to as Sheppey a “lifeless seaside city blighted by yobs”.

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