American actor Rob Lowe came face to face with Lincolnshire Police’s Chief Constable Bill Skelly while filming in Boston for new ITV crime drama Wild Bill on Wednesday.
As previously reported, Rob was already enjoying getting into character as Chief Constable Bill Hixon, in full costume outside the Boston Stump as the Lincolnshire town turned into a TV set.
Filming takes place in London and Lincolnshire from this week, with crews arriving in Boston on Wednesday, November 7 with a convoy of trailers and fake stalls for the market place.
Chief Constable Bill Skelly met the Hollywood actor, not as an extra, but he was trying to sneak in the back, he joked.
The six-part drama Wild Bill stars Hollywood Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor Lowe as the Chief Constable of the fictional East Lincolnshire Police force.
The story focuses on the high-flying US cop, who arrives in Boston with his 14-year-old daughter, hoping to flee a painful recent past.
It also stars Angela Griffin who is no stranger to crime TV shows, having appeared in dramas such as The Detail, Midsomer Murders and Lewis.
Local people and stallholders have been roped in to the filming too, with some gaining roles as extras and others neighbouring the action from their regular trading spots.
Rob Lowe previously said: “As an actor, Wild Bill is a larger than life character who’s outrageously articulate, has nothing to lose and revels in being an American fish out of water. As a Executive Producer, I’m excited to work with such talented partners and to come back to work in the UK, which I always love.”
The drama is the first time 42 (Traitors, Ironbark, Watership Down) Anonymous Content (13 Reasons Why, Maniac, Mr. Robot) and ITV Studios label, Shiver, have collaborated to produce a drama series for the channel.
Wild Bill is created by David Griffiths (The Hunted, Collateral Damage), Kyle Killen (Halo, Awake) and Dudi Appleton and Jim Keeble (Silent Witness, Thorne: Sleepyhead & Scaredycat, Trial & Retribution), and will be written by lead writers and show-runners Keeble and Appleton.