Crossfire boss talks deleted scene from episode 1

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Crossfire's creator has revealed her favourite scene that didn't ultimately make the cut.

The BBC drama features The Bodyguard star Keeley Hawes as ex-police officer Jo, whose family holiday takes a turn for the worse when armed gunmen descend upon their resort.

Showing flashbacks from when Jo and other guests first arrive to the hotel in a jarring contrast to the terrorist attack, the series has to master the balance between the two timelines to keep the tension at a high.

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As a result, a few scenes ended up on the cutting room floor, as creator Louise Doughty said in a press conference (via

"There were some scenes that we had to lose, because even though we liked the content of them, we realised they altered the pace and the balance," she said.

Among these scenes, there was a moment between Jo and her teenage daughter Amara (Shalisha James-Davis) having a conversation on their first night at the hotel.

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"Jo and Amara sit down on a wall and have a small conversation. I really love that scene because it was a mother-and-daughter bonding scene before you go back to the attack and [see] Amara desperate to get to her mum," Doughty continued.

"But when it came to the edit, it was just felt that we had spent long enough on the night before at that particular point that to add a third section, which was Jo and Amara – it was just a bit too long away [from the attack]. So a lot of that balance was made in the edit."

Alongside Hawes and James-Davis, the series also stars Lee Ingleby, Josette Simon, Dan Ryan, Anneika Rose and Vikash Bhai.

Crossfire continues tonight, September 22, on BBC One at 9pm and is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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