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Gaelic murder mystery TV show seeks Harris extras

A major Gaelic television show being filmed on Harris is on the look out for members of the local community to appear as extras.

Work is already underway on the TV crime thriller, An t-Eilean (the Island) which is being filmed mainly at Am-huinnsuidhe Castle, as well as other locations on Harris and Lewis.

In March, BBC ALBA announced the project as the biggest Gaelic drama series in the broadcaster’s history.

The talent agency GMB Casting shared its casting call on social media last week and has confirmed that they are still looking to recruit local adults for local opportunities.

“GMB Casting are looking for people to be paid Background Extras in Isle of Harris filming in April and May,” it said. Those who are interested in ap-plying need to fill out an initial, free registration form. All roles are paid and applicants do not need to be Gaelic-speakers as these are non-speaking parts.

An t-Eilean will star Sorcha Ground-sell, originally from Ness, as PC Kat Crichton, a police family liaison officer who returns to her home island as part of the investigation into a brutal and inexplicable murder.

“I’m thrilled to be part of this incred-ible series and honoured to partici-pate in breaking new ground for the Gàidhlig language,” she said. “I have been hoping to find an opportunity to bring this element of my personal life, which means so much to me, into my professional work. I can’t think of a better project than An t-Eilean (The Island) to do so. This show feels like a momentous oppor-tunity for us Gaels to share the lan-guage, culture and scenery we love so much with the wider world.”

The series’ other stars include Iain Macrae (Outlander and Crowdie and Cream) as self-made millionaire Sir Douglas MacLean, and Sagar Radia, as DCI Ahmed Halim.

Co-written by Nicholas Osborne and Patsi Mackenzie (An Clò Mòr), An t-Eilean sees four troubled siblings gather at their family home as their father is questioned over the mysteri-ous death of their mother.

Bill Macleod, Commissioning Editor at BBC ALBA, said: “With the breathtak-ing Isle of Harris as our setting, An t-Eilean will bring Gaelic language, culture and story-telling to audiences around the world.”


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