BBC series provides opportunities for new entrants to film and TV industry

Filming for the four-parter, Guilt, the first drama commission for the BBC Scotland channel, has enabled 13 trainees to shadow crew members on set, providing invaluable insight and experience.

Guilt, set in Edinburgh, has been shooting in Edinburgh and Glasgow with the shadowing scheme providing opportunities in departments including camera, script supervision, cinematography, production, editing and post-production.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture Fiona Hyslop met with cast and crew, including script supervision trainee, Biba Lexi Logan, on the set of Guilt whilst the production was shooting scenes on Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.

Biba Lexi Logan, Trainee, Guilt said: “Not only did I learn a lot but I had a great time too, and everyone made me feel very welcome."

Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop said: “It’s encouraging to see how extra investment in TV production in Scotland is being used to make high quality drama, while inspiring the next generation of filmmakers through trainee opportunities.

“Guilt is another exciting production filmed in Scotland by a Scottish production company with a mainly Scottish cast and crew, and has been supported with £500,000 from Screen Scotland’s Broadcast Content Fund.

"I look forward to seeing it on BBC Scotland’s new channel later this year.”

"It is crucial for trainees to be embraced and supported"

“We have worked with GMAC and other training organisations to access people who may not normally get the chance to spend a day on a set. Our crew have been fantastic in supporting them and the energy and enthusiasm from trainees makes everyone’s day. With more and more productions coming to Scotland it is crucial for trainees to be embraced and supported as the talent and crew base needs to be increased and encouraged.”

Jules Hussey
Producer, Guilt

Mark Thomas from Screen Scotland said: “We are delighted to be supporting Guilt, the first Scottish high-end drama series supported through our Broadcast Content Fund. The 13 trainees couldn’t have hoped for a stronger project to be developing their skills and production experience on, and fantastic crew to be working with.”

More about Guilt

Guilt stars Jamie Sives (Games of Thrones, The Victim, Chernobyl), Mark Bonnar (Shetland, Catastrophe, Line of Duty), Sian Brooke (Doctor Foster, Sherlock), Emun Elliott (Trust Me, Clique, The Paradise), Ellie Haddington (Endeavour, Motherland) Ruth Bradley (The Split, The Fall) and Bill Paterson (Fleabag, Outlander).

The story follows two disparate brothers Max (Bonnar) and Jake (Sives) who, while driving home from a wedding together one night, accidentally run over and kill an old man on a darkened street. After making the panicked decision to cover their tracks, the brothers seem to get away with their crime.

However, as neighbours and relatives of the dead man begin to suspect his death wasn’t as innocent as it initially seemed, the brothers find their lives rapidly falling apart, as their actions begin to catch up with them. Their increasingly desperate attempts to conceal their guilt lead them further into a world where everyone seems to have a hidden agenda and they discover they can trust no-one, ultimately including each other.

Guilt will air on the BBC Scotland channel later in the year, before screening on BBC TWO.

Notes to Editors

Guilt will be co-produced by Expectation and Happy Tramp North and is part-funded by Screen Scotland’s Broadcast Content Fund. Written by Neil Forsyth, directed by Robert McKillop (Cleaning Up, Clique) and produced by Jules Hussey (Catherine The Great, My Mad Fat Diary), the Executive Producers are Neil Webster for Happy Tramp North and Kirstie Macdonald for Expectation.

The drama is commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning; Steve Carson, Head of Multi-Platform Commissioning BBC Scotland; and Patrick Holland, Controller BBC Two. The Commissioning Executives for the BBC are Gregor Sharp and Gavin Smith. The series will premiere on BBC Scotland’s digital channel and follow on BBC Two later this year. Guilt will be internationally distributed by BBC Studios.