A weekly paper’s newsroom will appear on television screens across the country after it was one of the filming locations for a new drama.
And journalists from the KM Group titles were also used as extras when the drama was filmed last autumn, largely in Faversham.
Ahead of the first screening, the News dedicated its front page, pictured below, to its 15 minutes of fame.
Editor Leo Whitlock told HTFP yesterday: “The whole team were glued to their televisions last night on the off chance they would spot themselves.
“The consensus around the newsroom was that Southcliffe was gripping, moody and a bit of a slowburner – who knows what will happen in tonight’s episode?
“Everyone enjoyed spotting shots of Faversham and working out which streets or parts of the town had been featured.
“The team took to Twitter to get a feel for how Faversham was feeling about how it was being portrayed and we’ve run a poll online this morning.”
During the filming, the news editor, reporters, sub editors, commercial team and others were all filmed as extras alongside the stars of the show, who include Skyfall and Quantum of Solace star Rory Kinnear and Sean Harris who played Fifield in sci-fi film Prometheus.
Southcliffe tells the story of a fictional English market town devastated by a spate of shootings which take place over a single day, with the events being seen through the eyes of a journalist returning to the town of his childhood.
During the filming, the News received many calls to the newsroom about ‘murders’ that turned out to be the crew filming at its latest location.
Its coverage also included debunking a national story last week that people in Faversham were furious about how they would be portrayed.
Leo added: “The team is on tenterhooks to see if they will appear in forthcoming episodes but we’re pretty certain there will not be any Baftas coming our way.”