Thursday 27 Nov 2014
The BBC has today announced that production of BBC One's long-running network drama Casualty will be relocated to the Cardiff area.
The move is part of the BBC's Network Supply Strategy which aims to significantly increase network TV production from the UK nations and regions.
BBC Cymru Wales's aim is to double the proportion of network production from Wales by 2012.
Casualty will join a growing stable of network drama produced in Wales, including the award-winning Doctor Who, which returns for a special at Easter, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Torchwood and Merlin.
BBC Wales also produces the BBC's longest-running TV soap Pobol y Cwm, which is broadcast on S4C.
Casualty's addition strengthens Wales's reputation as a centre of excellence for BBC network drama production, and confirms its status as one of TV's most creative hubs outside London.
The new location for Casualty is dependent on further value for money evaluations, ensuring maximum benefit for licence payers. The decision will be announced later in the year.
It is anticipated that Casualty will start filming in Wales in 2011.
Following the announcement, BBC Wales Controller, Menna Richards, said: "Today's announcement places BBC Wales at the heart of BBC drama network production. We have already established a first-class drama production base in Wales, and Casualty provides a springboard for further creative and talent development.
"We look forward to working with the cast and crew to ensure Casualty builds on its enormous success and are delighted that John Yorke, BBC Controller, Drama Production and New Talent, will continue to lead the show. We hope that today's announcement will provide a catalyst for further growth."
BBC Wales Head of Drama, Piers Wenger, said: "Casualty is a core part of the continuing strategy to develop BBC Cymru Wales as a centre of creative excellence in drama, spearheaded by the success of Doctor Who.
"Having such an established and respected series made in Wales will build on the success of other BBC Wales drama productions such as Pobol y Cwm, Merlin and Torchwood. It puts Wales firmly on the map as one the most creative production bases outside of London.
"Alongside our network drama productions, BBC Wales is also working on some very exciting new local projects that will hit Welsh TV screens over the next 12 months such as Crash! and The Fabulous Baker Boys. Our aim is to create first-class content for Wales and across network.
"Today's announcement is further evidence of the talent, ambition and expertise that exists here in Wales."
John Yorke, BBC Controller, Drama Production and New Talent, added: "A brand new premises for Casualty bang in one of the most vibrant production areas for drama in the UK is an incredibly exciting one, and I look forward to working hand-in-hand with BBC Wales to ensure the long-term future of the longest-running hospital drama in the world.
"The marriage of BBC Wales's production experience with the Casualty team is an incredibly exciting one, and will guarantee that Casualty remains one of Saturday night's favourite dramas."
BBC Wales Communications
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