Crossfire has adhered to ‘incredibly strict’ gun safety rules

BBC One’s new drama Crossfire is a jaw-dropping watch, starring Keeley Hawes as a woman whose sunny holiday turns into a nightmare when gunmen suddenly open fire at the resort where she and her family are staying .

The trailer hinted that the high-stakes series would feature a lot of action, and Crossfire writer and creator Louise Doughty said that meant the team had to abide by “incredibly strict” rules.

Speaking to and other media, Doughty explained: “The safety rules are, understandably, incredibly strict. I mean, we had the best gunsmith in the Canary Islands, he was on set at any time and would open a gun before he handed it to an actor, showing the actor that the barrels were empty and in fact the guns we were using were jammed.

“I mean, they couldn’t physically shoot anything. But even so, the actors have to act like they’re in danger with a gun. And I don’t think we can really understate what that has to be. .”

She added, “Keeley had to do a lot of running around the halls with a really heavy shotgun. And, you know, it wasn’t, like, a gun that she was dealing with, and it was hot, and it was exhausting.”

Doughty also explained the challenges of having children on set and how gun safety rules were there to protect them.

“I can’t tell you how far we got,” she added, “and obviously we had child actors on set, so we had to keep them from seeing the guns, and certainly never to see one pointed at them.

“The safety rules were so strict, but there comes a time when actors have to act, and that’s a very serious thing. I mean, you know, those actors must have felt like their lives were in danger. And that is a serious thing to do to people.”

Additional reporting by Morgan Jeffery.

Crossfire continues Wednesday 21 September 2022 at 9pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Check out more of our drama coverage or visit our TV guide to see what’s on tonight.

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