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2/01/2011 11:53:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Agency Gordon & French have listed Danny Sapani as appearing in episode seven of the next series, playing a character named Colonel Manton.

The actor appeared in The Bill as Oscar Danniels in the Witness strand, and more recently played probation officer Tony Morecombe in Misfits and Gustavus Vassa in an episode of Garrow's Law.

Gordon & French have also listed another actor for episode three, Lee Ross, playing the character "Boatswain".

Ross's Who connections include Mick Mahoney in the recent Moses Jones (featuring Matt Smith), and also as Kenny in Steven Moffat's popular Press Gang of the late 1980s. The actor also had prominent roles as DCI Litton in Ashes to Ashes, and was semi-regular character Owen between 2006 and 2009 in Eastenders.
 

As reported last week, work has commenced on episode three, directed by Jeremy Webb, and the cast and crew have descended upon the harbour of Charlestown near St. Austell, Cornwall, where they will be filming for a few days.

Production base, more vehicles yet to arrive apparently:


4 or 5 guys were in the process of putting up the black awning which was massive and shrouded almost the entire eastern harbour wall (presumably to cover up whatever normally resides behind it). Another half dozen or so guys were unloading props onto the first ship on the western side of the harbour.


4 or 5 guys were in the process of putting up the black awning which was massive and shrouded almost the entire eastern harbour wall (presumably to cover up whatever normally resides behind it). Another half dozen or so guys were unloading props onto the first ship on the western side of the harbour.




A title has now been attributed to episode seven, thanks to the Spotlight entry for guest star Simon Fisher-Becker. As with others that have emerged over the last few months, this may only be a working title for the episode (see the series summary for details).

Finally, another director for the series has been identified as Nick Hurran, at least according to details listed under Production Designer Michael Pickwoad; Hurran recently directed the remake of The Prisoner, and also directed the pilot episode for The Last Detective (starring former Doctor, Peter Davison). He joins fellow director Adam Smith in being listed but having not been seen in action thus far - episodes 8,10-13 have yet to be recorded.