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Portland stars in Atlantis TV drama
5:51pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
Eagle-eyed viewers of new TV fantasy drama, Atlantis may have recognised some familiar landscape.
The waters around Portland Harbour appeared in the first episode aired on Saturday night.
Training and support ship, SD Victoria, managed and operated by Serco, played host to cast and crew, to shoot scenes in and around the harbour.
The vessel appeared in the first episode, watched by 5.8m viewers, as the programme’s young hero, Jason speaks with Mac onboard.
The BBC’s action packed 13-part series is set in a world of legendary heroes and mythical creatures. Jason is on a personal quest to find his father and uncovers the lost city of Atlantis.
SD Victoria is one of the largest of 120 vessels operated by Serco Marine Services in the UK and is based in Greenock, Scotland.
Built in Romania in 2010, the 83m training and support ship is available for commercial charter, but is primarily used to support military training and exercises as part of Serco's contract with the UK Ministry of Defence.
This includes the transportation of personnel and military equipment and for diving support operations. She is currently docked in Devonport, Plymouth before shortly setting sail for her next task.
Serco’s Peter Kennedy, the ship’s Master, who was on aboard when filming took place, said: “We were delighted to be part of this exciting new BBC drama series. I’m sure that the programme will be as enjoyable to watch on the small screen as it was when the filming was taking place onboard.”
Amanda Wilkie, co-producer for Atlantis added: “Serco’s crew on board could not have been more helpful and accommodating.
"They provided us with the essential working environment for film making and Peter's skill in manoeuvring the ship into the precise position we needed for each shot - despite the choppy conditions - meant we achieved a successful day's filming. It was a real pleasure.”
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