Phil's heart skipped a beat at TV role

PHIL BIGGAR, of Byron Bay, is used to playing a fireman in real life, but last week he stepped into the shoes of a policeman as an extra on the popular British TV series Heartbeat.

The producers of the long-running series surprised locals last month when they revealed that the small town of Rappville, south of Casino and home to 140 people, had been chosen to film part of two episodes.

Mr Biggar, 48, said he was asked by Gilchrist Casting, his casting agency at Lismore, to play a small part on the show.

“At first I thought it was just another small film, so it came as a big shock to me when I realised it was Heartbeat,” he said.

Mr Biggar said he spent the best part of last Friday on the set in Rappville and while he did not give the plot away, he said: “I played a local policeman who managed to rescue and return home a young girl who had been kidnapped.”

He said the nature of being an extra meant a lot of standing around, but it had been worth the wait.

“It was a great experience and you get to meet so many interesting and talented people,” he said.

Mr Biggar said there were plenty of interested locals on the day and lots of staring faces while the crew was filming.

About 60 crew members arrived last week and filming is set to continue until the end of this week.

Heartbeat premiered in 1992 and is set in the fictional village of Aidensfield during the 1960s. A plot involving policemen in Aidensfield on the trail of a murder mystery brings them to Australia and the small town of Rappville.

“Hopefully my partner and three kids will be watching the episode when it eventually goes to air,” Mr Biggar said.



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