Real-life tensions between Syria and Israel have spilled over into the make-believe world of the TV series Homeland, after producers were forced by security fears to quit filming around Tel Aviv.
Parts of the third series of the hit thriller was due to be filmed near the Israeli capital next month. However, the shoot has been deemed too risky because of fears of Syrian retaliation over potential US military action.
The scenes for the show, starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, will now be shot on location in Morocco.
Homeland filming in Israel is now considered too dangerous.
The Israeli news portal, Ynet, reported that the last-minute decision had thrown the schedule into chaos.
“We were already getting organized, we even received scripts and in the end we were told the shooting had been moved. It's frustrating,” Ynet quoted one inside source as saying.
Homeland is based on an Israeli format, Prisoners of War. Parts of the first two series were shot on location in Israel.
The first episode of the eagerly awaited third series has already been seen by many fans after it was leaked nearly a month before it was officially scheduled to air.
Within hours of it showing up online more than 100,000 fans had grabbed their own copy of what appeared to be an early unedited version of the episode.
In a bid to discourage more piracy, Channel Ten has announced that it will “fast-track” the show, putting it to air just a few hours after it screens in the US.
The series is due to begin airing in Australia on September 30 at 8.30pm.
- with Michael Lallo