BBC/Netflix show ‘The Forgiving Earth’ suspended after tragic death of camera operator
The BBC has put a halt to production on drama series The Forgiving Earth following the death of camera operator Mark Milsome.
The 54-year-old camera operator died during the filming of a car stunt for the Netflix/BBC war drama in Ghana.
The circumstances of his death are currently unknown but Screen International reports that production has halted and witness statements are being taken.
Mark – who lived in Powys, Wales – amassed a string of stellar credits including work on Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, James Bond movie Quantum of Solace and Oscar-winning The Theory of Everything.
His TV credits include Game of Thrones and Sherlock.
Speaking to Screen, Milsome’s agent, Sarah Prince, said: "We have been utterly devastated by the death of our lovely Mark Milsome - camera operator and more recently DoP.
“Mark was one of the nicest, kindest, incredibly talented cameramen but completely humble with it. A gentle gentleman, forever positive, a delight to work with, he will be so greatly missed by us all.
”An investigation into the circumstances is under way, we all need answers to this dreadful tragedy.
“Mark was devoted to his wife and daughter; they are broken, as are his mother and father, Doug Milsome.”
Director Hugo Blick issued a statement on Monday (November 20).
“It is with huge sadness that we confirm the death of Mark Milsome, a camera operator who was working with us on the Netflix /BBC production The Forgiving Earth," reads the statement.
"We are all completely devastated. Mark was such a wonderful, kind and generous person. All our thoughts and condolences are with Mark’s family and his close friends at this tragic time. Giving them our support and focus is our number one priority.”
Friends also shared their condolences via Twitter.
Actor Josh O’Connor wrote: “Shocked and saddened to hear the news of Mark Milsome. A talented camera operator and the kindest heart in our industry. A huge loss. Thoughts are with his family.”
League of Gentleman actor Mark Gatiss added: ”Shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Mark Milsome’s death. He was a lovely, talented and gentle man with whom I was lucky enough to work many times. RIP.”Tags: