Pobol y Cwm is Wales’ iconic soap opera. It’s been on our screens since the 1970s and is still popular today.
During the Eisteddfod week, S4C and BBC open the doors to the show’s set and backlot to over 1000 visitors.
I joined a group for a tour of the sets and to meet with some of the producing team who make the show happen.
The sets are in the BBC’s Roath Lock studios in Cardiff Bay, in between neighbours Doctor Who and Holby City. Teams from the shows regularly share expertise and resources. You may find that if a character is taken ill in Pobol y Cwm it’s Holby City Hospital where they are treated!
Cardiff is a growing hub for high-quality television and film production and the BBC’s flagship Roath Lock site is no small part of this. I’m constantly encouraged by the success of our creative industries in the city, which provide not just employment for experienced professionals but also support a pipeline of trainees and young people developing their skills.
The village of Cwmderi, home to Pobol y Cwm’s characters, has recently been shocked by Sheryl’s suspicious death, so visitors to the set tours were asked to vote for the person they think killed her. The truth is yet to be revealed.