Barry has been the place where several great TV programmes have been filmed. Often when we are out and about we have seen film crews and filing taking place. Exciting!
Gavin & Stacey
Filmed in Barry and Dinas Powys at several locations –
The series follows the romance between Gavin, from Billericay in Essex, and Stacey, from Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, in South Wales. Gavin lives with his parents, Pam and Mick, and spends most of his time with his best friend, Smithy. Barry Island also features heavily in this series as the wonderful Nessa works in the arcade!
Being Human was filmed at Barry Island for Series 3 in 2011. It is a comedy and horror drama series. The series is based around a ghost, werewolf and vampire who share a house and want to live a normal life. They try very hard to fit in with the normal human beings around them. The house – Honolulu Heights was a bed and breakfast on Barry Island. The show ran between 2008 and 2013.
The Dr Who series Delta and the Bannermen was filmed at Barry Island in 1987 & 2005. Aliens that are called the Bannermen track down the Chimeron Queen Delta to a Welsh holiday camp in 1959 (Butlins then later Majestics at Barry island) so they can kill her.
Several scenes of the Doctor Who episodes called The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances were filmed at the Vale of Glamorgan railway sites at Plymouth Road and Barry Island in January 2005
An old railway tunnel on Barry Island, which is now used as a shooting range, was once again utilised by a Doctor Who film crew. The tunnel was previously used as the underground bunker in the Series 4 Doctor Who episode The Doctor’s Daughter. The shooting range in the tunnel was used in the Torchwood episode Ghost machine.
Filmed at Barry Docks – 2006
Torchwood was a British science fiction television programme. The Torchwood Institute, or simply Torchwood, is a fictional secret organisation from the British science fiction television series Doctor Who and its spin-off series Torchwood. It was established in 1879 by Queen Victoria after the events of “Tooth and Claw”. Its prime directive is to defend Earth against supernatural and extra-terrestrial threats.
Filmed at Barry Island – Ongoing
Casualty is a drama series about the staff and patients at Holby City Hospital’s emergency department, charting the ups and downs in their personal and professional lives. Several episodes have been partly filmed in Barry.
The Sarah Jane Adventures – Series 4
Filmed at Barry Island – 2010
Investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith, with the help of her adopted son, his friends, and an intelligent supercomputer, combats evil alien forces here on Earth. Fortes café on Paget Road was UNIT’s underground headquarters in Wales.