Killing Eve's Gemma Whelan opens up about challenge of filming ITV's The Tower

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Killing Eve star Gemma Whelan is fronting ITV's new crime drama The Tower, an adaptation of ex-Met Police officer Kate London's book Post Mortem.

In an exclusive chat with Digital Spy, the Game of Thrones alumna opened up about the biggest challenges she faced while filming the series and recalled a particularly testing, frantic and freezing night shoot on a beach near Southport while heavily pregnant.

"It was a freezing cold summer night, and we were very much up against time," Whelan said.

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"Regardless of that, we had such a good time filming it, but it was very cold and I was quite pregnant and so it was not enormously enjoyable all the time because it was just so cold. But we're pleased with the result of the scene and what we got."

Whelan also admitted she wasn't especially thrilled at an 11-page interview scene. However, she rose to the task and treated it "with the respect and the necessary kind of knowledge of lines".

"I loved filming it, but I certainly approached it with great trepidation," she said, before adding that it ended up being "one of [her] favourite" days of filming.

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The actress, who has also appeared in Gentleman Jack, White House Farm and The End of the F***ing World, plays detective sergeant Sarah Collins in the three-part series.

Standing out in her orange coat, Collins is drafted in to investigate the deaths of a veteran beat cop and a teenage girl after they fall to their deaths from the top of a block of flats in South-East London.

It is believed that rookie police officer Lizzie Griffiths (Tahirah Sharif) and a four-year-old boy were also on the roof that night and witnessed their deaths, and it's not long before Lizzie also goes missing, leaving Sarah to get to the bottom of it all and uncover the truth.

The Tower premieres on ITV tonight (November 8) at 9pm. The remaining two episodes will air on November 9 and 10.

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