A large BBC production unit from the medical soap-opera Casualty was back in Penarth yesterday filming at a number of different locations in the town.
Although Casualty units are frequently seen on the streets of Penarth, the size of this unit – comprising several large trucks rented from facility company Up and Running – was unusually large , particularly as the main studio base for the programme is in nearby Cardiff Docks.
The unit descended on the Cardiff Bay Barrage car park and took up almost all the available car park space – although actual filming was being carried out at other locations in the town – including a regular favourite venue of the programme – a ground floor apartment at Clive Crescent.
The Up and Running Facilities trucks include a double-deck mobile restaurant with sufficient seating for a complete cast and a mobile make-up unit in which several actors can be dealt with simultaneously.
The lead actors in Casualty are the best paid in the BBC and receive phemonenal salaries which are many,many times the multiple of the lowly nurses and NHS staff whom they portray .
Casualty veteran Derek Thompson who plays a male nurse called “Charlie Fairhead” – and who has gone grey over the years in the role – receives up to £399,999 a year – [ this is said to be because the BBC thinks a salary £400,000 a year might be seen to be just a little too generous].
Colleague Amanda Healing appears not only on Casualty but on the companion series “Holby City” and earns up to £299,999 a year.
It’s not known whether either actor had to endure the rigours of filming in Penarth yesterday . Local passers-by were told by security staff not to take photographs of the trucks and to keep away from the Barrage area.