British Camera Operator Dies Filming BBC/Netflix Drama ‘The Forgiving Earth’

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A British camera operator has died while filming a stunt scene in the upcoming BBC and Netflix drama “The Forgiving Earth” in Africa.

The BBC confirmed Mark Milsome’s death. A spokesman said: “We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear this terrible news. Mark Milsome was hugely talented and a much-respected colleague. Our thoughts are with Mark’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.”

The British pubcaster confirmed that production on the show, which is being produced by Drama Republic, has been suspended. “The independent production company has informed us that they have suspended production following this devastating news,” the Corporation said.

The tragedy reportedly happened in Ghana over the weekend while the veteran camera operator, 54, was filming a stunt scene involving cars.

The Guild of British Camera Technicians paid tribute to Milsome. “The GBCT Board and its membership are absolutely devastated by this tragic news,” the guild said in a statement. “Mark Milsome was not only an incredibly talented camera operator, he was also one of the kindest and sweetest of human beings. He will be greatly missed.”

Milsome was a seasoned professional with a long list of credits, including movies “Saving Private Ryan” and “Quantum of Solace” and series “Game of Thrones” and “Sherlock.”

“The Forgiving Earth” will be on the BBC in the U.K. and Netflix globally. Set in Africa, the thriller was written by Hugo Blick and examines war crimes and the West’s relationship with modern-day Africa.