Any TV thriller about a serial killer is obviously going to be telling some dark stories, but one would hope that such stories would remain solely on the script pages. That's apparently not the case when it comes to the BBC's new thriller Rellik, which had to halt production when an actual corpse was found on the location that was to serve as the set for an in-production episode.
East London's Cambridge Heath Park was to be used as the location for a particular scene for Rellik -- which is "killer" spelled backwards, for those wondering -- and the scene also happened to involve the show's cops finding a corpse. Actor Paterson Joseph, seen most recently by U.S. audiences in NBC's cancelled-then-uncancelled Timeless, spoke about that incident and more with The Mirror, saying this:
I'm sure that sent quite a shockwave through all involved, and it would be completely understandable if at least one person suspected that there was some morbid tomfoolery involved. After all, it's not often that life imitates art in such a way, especially when dead bodies are involved. TV shows often try to mirror real life events that have already happened, and some are strangely prescient when it comes to future events. But for a show to experience such coincidental similarities while till in production, that's even freakier.
And it turns out that's not the only bizarre coincidence that has happened when it comes to Rellik. The show's leading actor Richard Dormer, familiar to Game of Thrones fans as Beric Dondarrion, plays a self-destructive cop whose vice-loving life is thrown into disarray when he is the victim of a ruthless attack where acid was thrown on him. As Paterson Joseph shared, Dormer apparently suffered from a bacterial skin infection that strangely matched up with symptoms of his character's wounds.
From a mysterious dead body to uncomfortable ailments to violent attacks, Rellik dealt with the kinds of coincidental situations that I'm sure no other shows would be jealous of. The series was created by Harry and Jack Williams, who also created the stellar drama The Missing, and one can only hope that the world doesn't bear witness to a real-life story that mirrors how that tragic tale turned out. (Not that there aren't enough incidents that come close enough.)
Rellik, which offers a twist on the normal TV narrative by presenting the story in reverse, made its premiere on BBC One on September 11, and it airs Monday nights. Cinemax got involved as a distributor for U.S. audiences, but it's unclear where that stands at this point. But if you need to know everything that is starting up soon in primetime, head to our fall premiere schedule.