Nigel Farrell, Director Of Island Parish, Loses Cancer Battle

Nigel Farrell

Islanders featured in TVs “An Island Parish’ have been paying tribute to its director, Nigel Farrell, who died at the weekend.

Nigel, who was 58, had been battling pancreatic cancer.

He spent long periods of time on the islands planning and filming the series, staying for one series at Grenofen. While the BBC2 show brought in audiences of up to 4million, some islanders were critical of the storylines and intrusion from the programme and an accompanying book.

Nigel Young from the Air Fayre Lounge, who featured in the series, became good friends with Nigel Farrell during his time here.

He says that Nigel did the islands a “real favour” with the series and many people decided to visit after seeing the programme.

Nigel upset a number of islanders when the Daily Mail serialised excerpts from his book including suggestions that women coughed during mammograms so they’d be recalled and gain a cheap mainland travel ticket. But Nigel Young feels that was taken out of context – he says that someone had mentioned it to him as a joke but he had been naïve to write it down.

Islands’ vet Heike Dorn, who also appeared regularly in the programme, says she feels Nigel should be remembered for the boost he gave to tourism in Scilly. She says he portrayed an idyllic version of island life where the weather was always good and no one argued.

Heike and her son Sami got to know Nigel well and she described him as “a really nice guy.” She says she has lots of happy memories of Nigel and particularly some of the experiences she had while filming An Island Parish including when she offered driving lessons in her car and got stuck in the mud.

It had been hoped that doctors had caught Nigel’s pancreatic cancer early after he felt unwell while filming the new series in Scotland last year.

There are no funeral arrangement details available yet.


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