This project examines the BBC’s new drama studios in relation to its broader policy and production developments. These include the BBC’s own 'nations and regions’ policy to produce more network programmes outside London. The project considers the rationale behind the establishment of the studios and what they mean for Wales and its creative industries.
Opened in March 2012, the BBC’s Roath Lock Drama Studios at Cardiff Bay produce some of Britain’s best know television dramas, including Dr Who, Casualty and Upstairs Downstairs, as well as the Welsh language soap Pobol-y-Cwm. Built following the BBC’s decision in 2008 to produce more shows outside London, the new facility represents a major commitment to drama production in Wales. It also provides the centrepiece for the new Porth Teigr development, a major urban regeneration project led by the Welsh Government.
This project aims to provide the first major study of the Roath Lock Studios as a landmark development for the creative industries in Wales and the UK. Our key research questions is: What is the rationale behind the development of the BBC’s Roath Lock Studios, and what does this new facility mean for Wales and its creative industries?
The research involves in-depth interviews with television production staff and other stakeholders connected with the Roath Lock Drama Studios. It also involves the analysis of press reports, policy documents and other grey literature on the creative industries in Wales.
The project will address issues of media policy, representation and production. Anticipated outcomes include journal articles for the peer-reviewed press, conference papers and an end-of-project seminar with key stakeholders.