The National Television Awards...
We’re really excited about the National TV Awards on 22nd January, especially because some of our favourite Cardiff-based shows have been nominated!
You can find out more about the NTAs and vote for your favourites here: https://www.nationaltvawards.com/
Here’s our guide to top TV made in Cardiff and where you can spot their filming locations in and around the city.
A Discovery of Witches (New Drama)
A modern love story based in a world where vampires, witches and daemons live alongside humans, this show first hit screens in September 2018. Although it is set in Oxford, Cardiff played host to filming, along with many other locations in Wales.
This mansion in the leafy suburb of Llandaff doubled as Matthew Clairmont’s lodgings at All Souls College, Oxford, with its gothic revival style providing the ideal setting for the vampire’s lair.
You can visit several ground floor rooms including the Drawing Room, Billiard Room and Butler’s Pantry and now, for the first time since the 1970s, visitors can venture to the first floor and experience a new permanent audio-visual exhibition, This House is a Stage. There’s also free parking, a Visitor Centre, the Potting Shed Café and beautiful gardens to explore.
The popular indoor market in the centre of Cardiff also features in the series, standing in for an Oxford market where historian and witch Diana Bishop shops for food.
The impressive Victorian structure has occupied the same site for over 100 years and offers an exciting array of stalls including everything from pots and pans to rock and roll. It’s also a great place to pick up lunch or snacks while exploring the city centre. Some of our favourite stalls are Clancy’s Vegetarian Emporium, Holy Yokes, and, for legendary Welshcakes, Cardiff Bakestones (follow the freshly-baked smell or look for the queue!)
Scenes were also filmed at the massive Bad Wolf Studios in Cardiff Bay, where a vast replica of Oxford University’s Bodleian Library was created.
The longest-running hospital drama in the world, Casualty’s home since 2011 has been Roath Lock in Cardiff Bay, a 16,000 square metre purpose-built BBC site. Most of the filming takes place here as the huge, realistic set includes not only the Holby City hospital, but also Evelyn Road with the Hope & Anchor pub and Murray & Fisher estate agents.
Unlike some other series, Casualty’s locations in Cardiff are generally more anonymous, including private houses, so they can be harder to recognise. You may still glimpse filming going on around the city though.
Doctor Who (Drama)
Also based at Roath Lock in Cardiff Bay, and filmed all over Wales, Doctor Who has a special place in Cardiff’s heart. The connections go back a long way as Terry Nation, who wrote for Doctor Who and created the Daleks in the 1960s, was born in the city.
Wales Millennium Centre
The iconic building in Cardiff Bay has appeared several times including as a futuristic hospital in New Earth and in episodes Boom Town, Bad Wolf, and The Girl Who Waited.
Opened in 2004, the Wales Millennium Centre is a world-class performance facility and home to eight resident arts organisations. It boasts a varied programme of musicals, opera, dance, and comedy, as well as community and outreach activities. With its bars, cafes and shops, it’s also a great place to relax and refresh while in Cardiff Bay.
Roald Dahl Plass
Just outside the Wales Millennium Centre, this large open space, named in honour of Cardiff’s most famous author, has hosted many different events, including 2018’s National Eisteddfod.
As well as being home to the secret underground headquarters in spinoff Torchwood, Roald Dahl Plass can also serve as a handy refuelling spot for the Doctor’s TARDIS because of its rift energy.
National Museum Cardiff
This city centre location has appeared in a number of episodes over the years, including the 50th anniversary special, which featured Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt and even a glimpse of the then new Doctor Peter Capaldi.
The free entry museum is one of Cardiff’s top attractions and offers a variety of temporary exhibitions alongside its impressive permanent art and natural history collections. If you’re looking for something on theme with Doctor Who’s travels in space, check out Tim Peake’s spacecraft and virtual reality experience before it blasts off on 10th February.
The Castle has appeared many times in Doctor Who including the Series 6 two-parter, The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People and the Christmas episode The Snowmen. It’s also featured in spinoff series Torchwood.
Standing in the heart of the city with a story spanning over 2000 years, Cardiff Castle is a must-see on any visit to the capital. As well as offering a fascinating insight into the past, Cardiff Castle is also a go-to location for exciting events and major names in music. An alternative way to experience the Castle is through the ghost tours run by Cardiff History and Hauntings.
There’s another nod for Doctor Who with Jodie Whittaker nominated in the Drama Performance category, which is a great endorsement of her first season as The Doctor.
The Voice (Talent Show)
A slightly more tenuous link but we’re proud of Welshman and The Voice judge Tom Jones, who hails from neighbouring Treforest, near Pontypridd.
Ps. If you’re a fan of Comedy category nominee Benidorm, check out the stage show when it comes to the New Theatre in February! https://www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk/what’s-on/benidorm/