CHANNEL 4 TV WANTS TO HIRE MORE PENARTH HOMES AS FILM LOCATIONS

"Knock-knock - Do you mind if we just set up this tv camera in your house?"

“Knock-knock – Do you mind if we just put this tv camera in your house?”

Channel 4 TV is dropping circulars through the letter boxes of homes in pricey areas of Penarth asking whether householders would be interested in letting them use their houses as film locations.

So many different tv series and movies are being shot on location in Penarth these days,   it’s getting tough for producers to find properties which haven’t already appeared on the screen.

Several Penarth householders have had well known actors like Griff Rhys Jones (here working on a Penarth-shot series called "Ordinary Lies" for BBC TV ) working in their homes

Several Penarth householders have had well-known actors in their homes  like Griff Rhys Jones (here working on a Penarth-shot series called “Ordinary Lies” for BBC TV earlier this year )

That’s the problem faced by the team which is about to make a new Channel 4 TV series called “Born to Kill” – to be shot in Cardiff and in picturesque Penarth.

Born to Kill is described as “a haunting exploration of the mind of a teenage boy trying to suppress psychopathic desires whilst falling in love for the first time.” and is being made by the team which produced the highly successful “Line of Duty” police series.

The Channel 4 leaflet being distributed in Penarth is in Welsh and English.

The Channel 4 leaflet being distributed in Penarth is in Welsh and English.

The production’s location manager Iestyn Hampson-Jones has now gone to the lengths of leafleting specific areas of Penarth to ask householders if they’d be willing to let the tv cameras into their homes.

He says “We are currently looking for house owners that would be interested in letting us film at their property. We hope to leave a positive impression of television production in Cardiff and would like your help to make this series a successful one!”

Filming on Born to Kill is due to start in mid-November and interested homeowners can contact Iestyn on iestynhj@gmail.com

For Penarth householders, there’s usually a fee negotiated to compensate for the disruption caused and sometimes a bit of complimentary redecoration afterwards.

The Sky TV detective series Talking to the Dead involved blood on the walls of a Penarth house - and quite a bit of redecoration afterwards

The Sky TV detective series Talking to the Dead involved spattering “blood” on the walls of this Penarth home – and quite a bit of (complimentary) redecoration afterwards

For example, a police drama Talking to the Dead  – shot for Sky TV in a house in St Augustine’s, Penarth  – required all the rooms being used in the production to be  “distressed” deliberately to make it look shabby.  All the householder’s immaculate modern furniture was moved out and put in store whilst set decorators replaced it with carefully-chosen downmarket “used” furniture.

This particular police-drama also involved a fictional prostitute meeting an untimely end in the house with her “blood” being spattered on the walls. The film-makers decided part of the interior had to be repainted in blue – so that the “blood would show-up better”.

Needless to say Sky paid to restore the house afterwards to  its normal, pin-in-paper appearance.

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4 Responses to CHANNEL 4 TV WANTS TO HIRE MORE PENARTH HOMES AS FILM LOCATIONS

  1. Peter Church says:

    Having these “homes” hired out to media companies, is great for the home owner but very disruptive for the neighbours and motorists alike. Plymouth road seems to be conned off every second day with unofficial parking walla’s telling local residents not to park on the road, because we are filming, as if this is some utility activity, akin to digging up the roads.
    I wonder if I decided to have a party and conned the road off, the council and the police would be very quick to act.

  2. AK says:

    Maybe a remake of Bernard Cribbins’ ‘Right said Fred’ could be done in some homes where building works are taking place

  3. Keith Inker says:

    Tell Channel Four they can use West House, The Kymin, the Paget Rooms, etc., if they sort out the CCTV for the town.

  4. Martin Coffee says:

    Who needs all this make believe? We have our own real life drama every Saturday night.

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