Michelle Keegan’s show Brassic apologises as mother slams TV crew for digging fake plot near son’s grave

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A grieving mother-of-three has slammed Sky One comedy show Brassic, starring Michelle Keegan, for digging up a cemetery plot near her son's grave.

Tracy Goldie-Auxilly branded the TV crew a "disgrace" after a fake grave was dug up just six feet away from where her 39 year old son Gareth had been laid to rest two weeks before.

The grieving mum told how her autistic daughter Chloe, 31, tried to visit her brother on Thursday 14 October before being met with both cast and crew gathered closeby.

Gareth's plot was still decorated with memorial wreaths and flowers and Chloe was left feeling devastated and confused by the crew's presence nearby at Whitworth Cemetery.

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Tracy explained that the crew could be heard swearing while Chloe tried to have a moment alone with her brother, who died suddenly on 11 September after experiencing a kind of seizure.

She said: "It's a disgrace, you're filming graveyards, a place where you lay people to rest.

"At the end of the day it's not a playground, the crew could have used a farmer's field with some props, Brassic isn't a serious topic they could have filmed somewhere else.

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"I want the council to go away delve into their conscience, what they have done has devastated my family. When the film crew got there it was obvious there was a freshly buried body."

Referring to her daughter Chloe's state during the incident, she went on: "She was so confused. Initially she thought she had wandered into a funeral. She was just devastated, they were still filming when she was at his grave.

"They were swearing and shouting, Chloe couldn't get her head around it. Some of the language they were using really wasn't nice. When she found out the grave they had dug wasn't real it upset her even more. This has taken my family so far back," she added to LancsLive.


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A Rossendale Council spokesperson told the publication: "The council do take every precaution to ensure a considerable distance between filming and any existing graves, and we did not intend to cause any upset."

While Sky has apologised for their behaviour and actions as a spokesperson said: "We're very sorry for any distress we caused when filming scenes on location at Rossendale.

"While our production team had received permission to film scenes on location, we understand the impact this had on the family member and we would like to offer them our deepest sympathy and condolences.

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"While filming was taking place the production was conscious someone was visiting and out of respect, a crew member reached out in person, to offer apologies for any disruption caused.

"The series is post-watershed and plays out after 10pm. As a result, it contains adult language and we offer apologies for any sensitivities cause by this being overheard during filming."

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