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Vicky McClure films dark funeral scenes for Jed Mercurio’s ITV drama Trigger Point in Essex

Vicky McClure was spotted getting into character as a stoney-faced bomb disposal operative during dramatic funeral scenes for her new ITV drama Trigger Point. 

The actress, 38, who has reunited with Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio for the series, donned a smart black suit to record the scenes outside St Paul’s Church in Harlow in Essex. 

Vicky is set to play ex-military bomb disposal expert Lana Washington who is pushed to her breaking point after discovering a series of improvised explosive devices threatening London during a terrorist campaign.

Tense: She filmed dramatic funeral scenes for her new ITV drama Trigger Point

Pensive: Vicky McClure was spotted getting into character as a stoney-faced bomb disposal operative during dramatic funeral scenes for her new ITV drama Trigger Point

During the scenes, it appeared that Vicky’s character Lana and her colleagues were bidding farewell to one of their own, as a coffin covered with the Union Flag was carried into a hearse.

The team sent the car on its way before heading back into the church, hinting that perhaps the London terrorist plot hits them close to home.

While Vicky displayed a stoney expression while recording the scenes, between takes she could be seen laughing alongside her co-stars, and even launched into an impromptu dance routine.

Dramatic: The actress donned a smart black suit to record the scenes outside St Paul's Church in Harlow in Essex

Dramatic: The actress donned a smart black suit to record the scenes outside St Paul’s Church in Harlow in Essex

Militant: Vicky is set to play ex-military bomb disposal expert Lana Washington in the series

Hard at work: This is the first time she's been seen on set

Militant: Vicky is set to play ex-military bomb disposal expert Lana Washington in the series, and this is the first time she’s been seen on set

Sharp: She sported a smart all-black ensemble as she filmed scenes of her counter-terrorism police team attending a funeral of one of their own

Sharp: She sported a smart all-black ensemble as she filmed scenes of her counter-terrorism police team attending a funeral of one of their own

Jovial: While Vicky displayed a stoney expression while recording the scenes, between takes she could be seen laughing alongside her co-stars

Jovial: While Vicky displayed a stoney expression while recording the scenes, between takes she could be seen laughing alongside her co-stars

Once recording had wrapped for the day, Vicky could be seen briefly stopping to sign autographs for waiting fans, before jumping into the car to head home.

The actress is starring in Trigger Point, which is produced by Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio’s HTM Television, alongside Adrian Lester, who will play fellow bomb disposal operative Joel Nutkins.

The upcoming series focuses on counter terrorism policing and the extraordinary work of the Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad. 

Trigger Point will see a terrorist campaign threaten the capital over the summer with the bomb disposal operatives, known as ‘Expos’, at the forefront of urgent efforts to find out who is behind the bombings before fatalities escalate.

Having fun? She also appeared to launch into an impromptu dance with one of her co-stars

Filming; Crew members of the drama were watching on

Having fun? She also appeared to launch into an impromptu dance with one of her co-stars while a crew members watched one

No high five? The pair appeared to displaying a handshake of sorts in a break from filming

No high five? The pair appeared to displaying a handshake of sorts in a break from filming

Going high and low: The acting duo appeared to be in good spirits during a break from their busy production schedule

Going high and low: The acting duo appeared to be in good spirits during a break from their busy production schedule

Coming soon: The actress is starring in Trigger Point, which is produced by Jed Mercurio's HTM Television

New Role: She will star opposite Adrian Lester

Coming soon: The actress is starring in Trigger Point, which is produced by Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio’s HTM Television, alongside Adrian Lester

Vicky’s character Lana and Adrian’s Joel are both ex-military with the two close friends after serving together in Afghanistan.

Recent first look snaps saw Vicky and Adrian as their characters dressed in their bomb disposal operative uniforms as they investigate a crime scene. 

Vicky also took to her Twitter to share the news as she shared a collection of photos from the show.

She tweeted: ‘Meet Lana Washington & Joel Nutkins! We’re off to an explosive start!! Can’t wait to reveal more as we go along…we’ve got an incredible cast!! 

‘And the crew are creating absolute gold! Trigger Point!! @ITV @HTMTelevision @AdrianLester #triggerpoint.’ 

New series: The upcoming series focuses on counter terrorism policing and the extraordinary work of the Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad

New series: The upcoming series focuses on counter terrorism policing and the extraordinary work of the Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad

Gripping: Trigger Point will see a terrorist campaign threaten London with the bomb disposal operatives, known as 'Expos', at the forefront o efforts to find out who is behind the bombings

Gripping: Trigger Point will see a terrorist campaign threaten London with the bomb disposal operatives, known as ‘Expos’, at the forefront o efforts to find out who is behind the bombings

Exciting: Vicky's character Lana and Adrian's Joel are both ex-military with the two close friends after serving together in Afghanistan

Exciting: Vicky’s character Lana and Adrian’s Joel are both ex-military with the two close friends after serving together in Afghanistan

New series: The six-part thriller series has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill, who will oversee production from the channel's perspective

New series: The six-part thriller series has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill, who will oversee production from the channel’s perspective

The six-part thriller series has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill, who will oversee production from the channel’s perspective. 

Vicky isn’t the only Line Of Duty star to take on a new police role with her co-star Adrian Dunbar, who is best known for playing Superintendent Ted Hastings, set to play retiring Detective Inspector, Alex Ridley, in ITV’s new drama Ridley.

Of the new show, Adrian, 62, said earlier this month: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever headed into a production with more excitement and enthusiasm. 

‘As an actor I know how rare it is to be given such a wonderful opportunity, and the combination of Polly Hill and Chloe Tucker at ITV and Jonathan Fisher at West Road Pictures means we are in both safe and creative hands.

‘Jonathan and I worked closely together on the very successful series Blood, and I’m confident we can bring some of that magic to Ridley.

Transition: Vicky isn't the only Line Of Duty star with a new role, as Adrian Dunbar, who played Superintendent Ted Hastings play will appear in ITV's drama Ridley

Transition: Vicky isn’t the only Line Of Duty star with a new role, as Adrian Dunbar, who played Superintendent Ted Hastings play will appear in ITV’s drama Ridley

‘Here’s to getting the team together and developing a show that audiences can find both entertaining and engaging.’

The plot sees Ridley replaced by his former protégée, Acting DI Carol Farman, who later enlists him as a police consultant on a complex murder case.

This then takes a dark and unexpected turn, and he is enticed out of retirement into his former role and revives his partnership with Carol. 

Paul Matthew Thompson – one of the lead writers of ITV detective drama Vera – has written and co-created the show, alongside Jonathan, and both will act as executive producers.

Looking sharp: One of the drama's other cast members, Mark Stanley was also dressed in a sombre ensemble as he arrived for filming

Looking sharp: One of the drama’s other cast members, Mark Stanley was also dressed in a sombre ensemble as he arrived for filming

Ready to film: The cast, which appear to form the 'Expo' team were seen exiting the church after recording the funeral scenes

Ready to film: The cast, which appear to form the ‘Expo’ team were seen exiting the church after recording the funeral scenes

Sad: It seems that a recent terrorist attack may have hit the team closer to home, judging by the funeral setting

Sad: It seems that a recent terrorist attack may have hit the team closer to home, judging by the funeral setting

Taking place: The scenes were being filmed at St Paul's Church in Harlow in Essex

Taking place: The scenes were being filmed at St Paul’s Church in Harlow in Essex

Typecast! First look snaps released last week showed Vicky in character as the bomb disposal expert, weeks after appearing in Line Of Duty's sixth series finale

Typecast! First look snaps released last week showed Vicky in character as the bomb disposal expert, weeks after appearing in Line Of Duty’s sixth series finale

Famous role: She is best known for playing DI Kate Fleming in the BBC's critically-acclaimed drama Line Of Duty since 2012 (pictured)

First look! Vicky pictured as her new character in Trigger Point

Famous role: She is best known for playing DI Kate Fleming in the BBC’s critically-acclaimed drama Line Of Duty since 2012 (pictured left in Line Of Duty and right in Trigger Point) 

Jonathan said: ‘I couldn’t be happier to be getting started on Ridley, as we continue to build the West Road production slate with our second commission for ITV.

‘We’re so excited to be teaming up once again with the inimitable Adrian Dunbar, bringing to life Paul Matthew Thompson’s characterful and engaging scripts.

‘ITV has a fine tradition of nurturing much-loved detective series, and it’s a real privilege to be bringing Ridley to the channel.’ 

Paul added: ‘I am thrilled to be working with Jonathan Fisher and West Road Pictures to bring Ridley to life for ITV.

‘Equally delighted that he’ll be portrayed by the iconic Adrian Dunbar. With his maverick idiosyncrasies, a heart on sleeve empathy and a unique approach to solving crime we hope Ridley will soon join the canon of favourite TV detectives.’ 

Plot: The upcoming series focuses on counter terrorism policing and the extraordinary work of the Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad (star Adrian is pictured)

Plot: The upcoming series focuses on counter terrorism policing and the extraordinary work of the Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad (star Adrian is pictured)


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