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Bear with me. Watching something tonight and I return to the same odd thought.

Somewhere in England...
<Ring! Ring!>
”Hello!?”
”Mavis, it’s Reg, your agent, good news, I’ve got you a part in a BBC one prime time drama!”
“Brilliant, send me script, when’s the wardrobe fitting?”
”Don’t worry about that, it’s for ‘Silent Witness’”...

How do you get cast to play a stiff!?

Any other good news, bad news examples out there?
 

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That's pretty much how it works.. :D I knew someone who was an "Extra" once. They had a regular but part-time job. Every now and then their agency would phone them and tell them "There is an Extra part in Eastenders.." etc. and if they fancied it and were available, they would disappear to filming.

Usually Extra's don't speak. Anyone who speaks (at least used to) qualifies under Equity (union) rules for an additional payment. You often see characters just smiling sweetly and not speaking, sometimes quite un-naturally.. especially in "populated" shows like the aformentioned soap.


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An old friend was a dead body in some TV drama about Corsican bandits, recorded in Devon (of course). Part way through the day spent filming a two minute scene, the director decided to add drama by hiring a goat to sniff the bodies. Unfortunately the goat wasn't properly briefed about his role, and peed on them instead.
 

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