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PORTLOGAN is firm favourite to become the backdrop for a new
television series that could bring more than £3 million into
"Free Press" can reveal that the small South Rhins village
is almost certain to be chosen as the location for a new
BBC hit drama. And, with the announcement, will come promises
of unprecedented visitors and money to the area.
crews have been scouting the West of Scotland for weeks to
find a suitable location for the new drama series.
had seemed certain that Aberdeenshire village Pennan - immortalised
in the film Local Hero - was to be used again by the BBC.
But, a dispute with the laird of that village has allowed
Portlogan to jump to the head of the queue.
Productions, the company behind the programme which will feature
former 'Eastenders' star Michelle Collins, are expected to
make a final announcement in just over a week. The "Free Press"
understand, however, that a fast approaching shooting schedule
and the threat of future unrest in Pennan has made Portlogan
firm favourites. And, with three follow ups planned if the
show is a hit, the benefits will be worth millions.
Screen's Kevin Cowle said Zenith were finding it very difficult
to wait on Pennan, which was still their preferred location.
will honour their promise to wait until a referendum in
the village is carried out", he said. "However, even if
it is overwhelming support for the shoot, unless the laird
withdraws her objection, which she says she will not, then
Pennan will miss out".