Scottish cult crime drama The Crews set to make its debut
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A FORGOTTEN Scots TV series starring David Hayman is finally making it to the small screen - six years after it was completed.
Cult crime drama The Crews, which has been billed as the Scottish Sopranos, features Scots acting stars like Hayman, Anne Downie and High Times actor Stephen McCole was launched in 2010, and is getting a premiere on STV Glasgow and Edinburgh next week.
The gritty gangster show was filmed around Glasgow and Amsterdam for just £16,000 by indie filmmakers Colin Ross Smith and Kolin Ferguson, who worked with a mix of up and coming talent and big name guest stars who got involved because they loved the story.
But after The Crews failed to get a buyer when it was launched in 2010, it went on to become a cult hit locally, and with STV keen to tap into local drama talent for their city channels, they snapped it up earlier this year.
Writer Ferguson said: “We couldn’t believe it when we heard from STV - we had tried every conceivable route with The Crews, we sent it everywhere including STV because Taggart had just finished and we wanted to make something of comparable quality. We’re absolutely delighted.”
The show is based on Colin Ross Smith’s short film Sandwich, which Hayman had seen and loved so much he agreed to be in the series.
Director Smith said: “He was amazing, and such a humble guy, there were no airs and graces with him, he was just happy to come in and help us out.
“As a thank you, we held a special premiere at Cineworld in Glasgow and raised £2,000 for his charity Spirit Aid.”
Kolin added: “We would love to make this into a six season drama, we have all the storylines about the rise and fall of these gangsters and we’d love to be able to see that through.”
Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said: “Our city channels are the perfect platform for locally produced drama and for supporting local talent, and I’m excited to bring this fresh, edge-of-your-seat gangster show to the viewers of STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh.”
• The Crews starts Monday 23 May at 11pm on STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh.