Producer 'Fine' with Northern Ireland Version of The Scheme

The producer of the observational documentary screened on BBC Scotland, The Scheme, is quoted as “being fine” but having nothing to do with a similar series based in Northern Ireland.

In today's The Scottish Sun, Michelle Friel of independent TV production company, Friel Kean Films, is quoted saying: “It's nothing to do with our company. We knew about it but these things happen, it's fine.”

The Scheme followed the fortunes of residents of a housing estate in Kilmarnock.

Says The Sun of The Estate, on BBC Northern Ireland: “The piano-led soundtrack, atmospheric camera shots and the narration style are virtually identical of The Scheme's.”

The article, by Douglas Walker, is headed: 'Ned ringers'. 

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