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Major new drama being shot in Guildhall

Swansea's old crown court area at the city's Guildhall will soon be brought back to life once again in a major new BBC Wales and S4C drama.


Cast and crew for Hidden/Craith, which brings together creative talent behind programmes like Hinterland, have been filming scenes in the building this week.

Also being filmed in Snowdonia, Hidden/Craith, an eight-part crime serial, tells the story of a detective who returns to North Wales to care for her ailing father, shortly before a young woman's body is found in a local river.

With the backing of the two Welsh broadcasters and all all3media international, the Welsh language version of the programme will premiere on S4C in early 2018, with the English language version to follow on BBC One Wales.

Swansea Council facilitated the Guildhall filming request.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: "Filming of this kind is important because it raises the profile of the city and further puts Swansea on the map as a city that embraces creative industries at a time when we're soon due to find out if our shortlisted bid for the UK City of Culture 2021 title has been successful.

"This is the latest example of a number of films and TV shows to have been filmed in Guildhall in recent years, with the stars of this programme following in the footsteps of some pretty illustrious company, including Elijah Wood, Gemma Arterton and David Tennant."

Also partly filmed in Guildhall's former crown court area, Keeping Faith, called 'Un Bore Mercher' in Welsh, is now running on S4C. Starring Eve Myles and written by Matthew Hall - the writer of Kavanagh QC, the series tells the story of a lawyer, wife and mother as she fights to find the truth behind the sudden disappearance of her husband.

Co-funded by the Welsh Government's Media Investment Budget, S4C and BBC Wales, all principal photography of the series was shot on locations around Wales, with location assistance also provided from Wales Screen, part of the Welsh Government's creative industries team.

Cllr Clive Lloyd, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Transformation and Performance, said: "While we're exploring potential future uses of Guildhall's former crown court area alongside Swansea University, this filming shows how we're determined to make best use of our buildings and property.

"Our Pipehouse Wharf depot has also been conditionally sold to Coastal Housing to help boost on-going regeneration of the River Tawe corridor, with the third floor of the Civic Centre now being rented to Swansea University's School of Management, pending long-term regeneration of the site."

Recent movies and programmes to have been partly filmed at Swansea's Guildhall include Their Finest, starring Bill Nighy, and 'The Collection', an Amazon Prime series featuring James Cosmo, who's best known for roles in Game of Thrones and Braveheart.

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