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Published on May 21st, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

End of Upper Boat?

Production of BBC Wales main roster of dramas – including Doctor Who and potentially Torchwood – looks set to be moving away from Upper Boat and into a new purpose built facility housing all of the productions executed by the department, reports WalesOnline.

BBC Wales Controller Menna Richards has recently issued a circular to affected BBC staff to advise that the project was being considered, with one planned site been in the Cardiff Bay area of the city.

“During our staff meeting on April 22 I said that I’d let you know about developments in BBC Wales’ property plans.

We’ve been given the go-ahead to conduct further feasibility work on our preferred option of a drama village to accommodate all BBC Wales in-house dramas.

“What this means is that the potential drama village locations have been narrowed down and our preferred option is Roath Basin in Cardiff Bay.

“There’s further detailed work to be done before we’re in a position to reach agreement and we hope to be able to announce further details later this summer.”

The move would have implications for both Doctor Who and potentially the hospital drama Casualty, traditionally produced by BBC Bristol but has been brought under control of BBC Wales.

So the Taffywood juggernaut rolls on – so expect to see a remake of Byker Grove set in Pontypridd and other unlikely transfers as Wales becomes the hub of UK TV and movie production at the expense and detriment of the rest of the UK.

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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