The Rig (Amazon) TBC


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Line of Duty's Mark Bonnar & Martin Compston to be taken by THE FOG :D the pair star in the six-part Supernatural drama, from writer David Macpherson and Wild Mercury Productions (Troy: Fall Of A City, Humans).

Amazon Prime Video said The Rig would be its first original series to be filmed exclusively in Scotland.


Set on board an oil rig, stationed off the Scottish coast in the dangerous waters of the North Sea, the series begins when the crew finds themselves cut off from all communication with the outside world by a mysterious and all-enveloping fog that rolls through. As they endeavor to discover what’s driving this force, bonds are broken, allegiances formed and generational fault lines exposed.

Directed by John Strickland, who also directed Bodyguard and Line of Duty.

Suzanne Reid (Trust Me) produces. Derek Wax (Humans) and John Strickland are executive producers. Meg Salter and Matthew Jacobs Morgan are writers.

Georgia Brown, Director of European Amazon Prime Originals said:
The Rig is a brilliant story, expertly told, in the most dramatic of settings. It asks searching questions about nature and the environment, about what it takes to survive and to be human, which feels very pertinent to the world we are living in now. We’re delighted to add this to our growing roster of UK made Amazon Original shows.”

Derek Wax, Managing Director of Wild Mercury said:
The Rig is a character-driven, epic thriller, full of heart-grabbing action and bold, original ideas, and we are delighted to be working with Amazon Prime Video in bringing it to life. David Macpherson captures life on a North Sea oil rig with extraordinary authenticity and it’s been exciting to work with him, director John Strickland and our creative team in realizing the scale and vision of this world.”

The Rig will be made at First Stage Studios' facility in Port of Leith


  • Production company Wild Mercury Productions will make the series at First Stage's 8.6 acre (3.4ha) facility at Port of Leith.
  • The largest building on the site was constructed in 2000 for engineering firm VA Tech but closed four years later.
  • The building lay empty for several years before wave power firm Pelamis took over. The company collapsed in 2014.
  • In 2017, the facility was temporarily turned into a film studio as part of the production for Disney/Marvel's blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War.
  • In March this year, a company run by Oscar-nominated and Bafta-winning film and television producer Bob Last and actor and director Jason Connery, son of the late Sir Sean Connery, won a contract to manage the studios.

Bob Last (L) and Jason Connery (R) won the contract to manage the studios

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Looking forward to seeing this, first offshore based program since Roughnecks in the mid 90's

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