TV crew filming Val McDermid novel set to shoot in her home town of Kirkcaldy

Residents living at the town’s harbour area have been informed that filming for a major new crime drama will take place there this week.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 11:11 am

World Productions are scheduled to film scenes for the ITV cold case murder drama, Karen Pirie, at Deas Wharf in Kirkcaldy.

The series is based on Kirkcaldy-born author Val McDermid’s novel, ‘The Distant Echo’, which tells the tale of the young detective promoted to Police Scotland’s Historic Cases Unit.

Val’s series of cold case investigations feature, Karen Pirie has been commissioned by ITV from the producers of Line of Duty and Bodyguard.

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Val McDermid (Pic: Lisa Ferguson)

The detective is assigned to re-open the investigation into a young woman’s murder 25 years ago, and while suspicion originally fell on the three male students who found her body, no one was ever charged with her murder.

Nearly 25 years on, DS Pirie is determined to uncover what happened that fateful night, and when she uncovers flaws in the initial investigation, she finds herself in conflict with the very officers who led the original hunt for the killer.

Deas Wharf has been selected as one of the locations which will provide the backdrop for a new STV series based on Kirkcaldy-born crime writer Val McDermid’s best-selling Karen Pirie novels.

Glasgow-based World Productions has written to residents in the area advising them of the filming schedule and to inform them that crews equipment vehicles will be parked in and around the area.

It is understood filming will take place over one afternoon and evening in and around the Deas Wharf area and that the firm is working closely with Fife Council and Police Scotland.

The move comes after crews spent last week filming in various locations in St Andrews including the cathedral, harbour, university, The Pends, Market Place and The Scores.

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