Sunday, 17 January 2010

New Drama Village in Cardiff

BBCThe Welsh Government has given the go ahead to develop a new Drama Villiage at a site near Cardiff Bay to be used by BBC Wales.

The proposed centre would accommodate all BBC Drama made in Wales, including Doctor Who and any future series of Torchwood and the Sarah Jane Adventures as well as other drama productions made in the country such as Casualty and the Welsh language soap Pobol y Cwm.. The proposed site is the currently derelict, former dock side land at Roath Basin. The Welsh Government will work with Igloo Regeneration to develop the area and to progress with the building of the BBC Drama Village, which would total 170,000 sq ft of television studios and ancillary accommodation, as well as a new office building.

Menna Richards, Director of BBC Cymru Wales, said "This is a fantastic opportunity to build on the success of BBC Wales drama production and the wider creative industries in Wales."

Current Doctor Who production is based just outside Cardiff at Upper Boat near Pontypridd.