Calls to change Wales smoking ban for TV drama

South Wales Argus: Calls to change Wales smoking ban for TV drama Calls to change Wales smoking ban for TV drama

CALLS were made today for the Wales smoking ban to be amended so actors can smoke in productions.

An Assembly committee heard that the no-smoking rule in Wales has meant that filming for BBC dramas has occasionally had to be moved to England where an exemption exists.

The organisation says the creative industry in the country is forced to use costly methods of producing scenes with smoking, including location filming outside of Wales or computer generated imagery.

Speaking to an Assembly committee looking into the issue, BBC Wales' Clare Hudson said using substitutes was not an option because increasingly all drama is made in HD.

"On HD an electronic cigarette looks exactly what it is, an electronic cigarette," she said.

Ms Hudson said such products had been used but props teams have had to dismantle and rebuild them to make them more realistic.

She said the majority of her dramas were not affected, but said in dramas such as Upstairs Downstairs they had to do a considerable amount of "working around" and there were cases where scenes had to be filmed outside of Wales.

"If it is specifically that we have to go to Bristol to film a large scene involving a lot of crew and a lot of extras and so on the cost can be as much as £25,000," she said.

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6:23pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Dave on his Soapbox says...

...why do those in TV & film insist programmes need smoking to be realistic etc.....
by having smoking depicted it adds very little....but carries on promoting smoking as a socially acceptable practice.....
with some views unable to distinguish actors from tthe characters they betray....it can do nothing than harm than can be justified by relaxing the law....as people want to be like and mimick their idols
...why do those in TV & film insist programmes need smoking to be realistic etc..... by having smoking depicted it adds very little....but carries on promoting smoking as a socially acceptable practice..... with some views unable to distinguish actors from tthe characters they betray....it can do nothing than harm than can be justified by relaxing the law....as people want to be like and mimick their idols Dave on his Soapbox

8:20pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Dave on his Soapbox says...

...if TV and film is meant to be so realistic of real life...why aren't there many fat or obese people.... considering they make up such a high proportion of the population...to mention one aspect of the real world not shown in true representation....
...if TV and film is meant to be so realistic of real life...why aren't there many fat or obese people.... considering they make up such a high proportion of the population...to mention one aspect of the real world not shown in true representation.... Dave on his Soapbox

8:30pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Robodad says...

Dave on his Soapbox wrote:
...why do those in TV & film insist programmes need smoking to be realistic etc.....
by having smoking depicted it adds very little....but carries on promoting smoking as a socially acceptable practice.....
with some views unable to distinguish actors from tthe characters they betray....it can do nothing than harm than can be justified by relaxing the law....as people want to be like and mimick their idols
Well said Dave, couldn't agree more.
[quote][p][bold]Dave on his Soapbox[/bold] wrote: ...why do those in TV & film insist programmes need smoking to be realistic etc..... by having smoking depicted it adds very little....but carries on promoting smoking as a socially acceptable practice..... with some views unable to distinguish actors from tthe characters they betray....it can do nothing than harm than can be justified by relaxing the law....as people want to be like and mimick their idols[/p][/quote]Well said Dave, couldn't agree more. Robodad

10:09am Wed 23 Jan 13

Sevans84 says...

Why should they be allowed to smoke in doors when the rest of wales dont
Why should they be allowed to smoke in doors when the rest of wales dont Sevans84

12:06pm Wed 23 Jan 13

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

Perhaps they shouldn't be allowed to eat and drink then so as to discourage obesity.

This intolerant, holier than thou anti-smoking witch-hunt is totally ridiculous.

Be careful how much you support intolerance because one day you could well be the victim of it.

By the way, I don't smoke.
Perhaps they shouldn't be allowed to eat and drink then so as to discourage obesity. This intolerant, holier than thou anti-smoking witch-hunt is totally ridiculous. Be careful how much you support intolerance because one day you could well be the victim of it. By the way, I don't smoke. lowandhardandinthecorner

1:04pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Newport Dave says...

Tell them to film at Nevill Hall in Abergavenny. I've been in and out of there loads of times and people still smoke right by the doors. I'm sure the stickers are for show.
Tell them to film at Nevill Hall in Abergavenny. I've been in and out of there loads of times and people still smoke right by the doors. I'm sure the stickers are for show. Newport Dave

7:49pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Monmouthshire Merlin says...

The issue is, you can make a film or TV production in England with actors permitted to smoke. The current legislation in Wales prohibits this.
Accordingly, unless the legislation is amended, these programmes will be produced in England. This will cost Wales employment opportunities and consequently loss of revenue. We will still see smoking on the TV, but Welsh companies,actors, production crews and all the entourage will be lost to the Welsh economy.
An example may be the loss of Casualty which for many years produced in Bristol, recently this production has been moved to Cardiff. Do we want to send it back over the bridge?
The issue is, you can make a film or TV production in England with actors permitted to smoke. The current legislation in Wales prohibits this. Accordingly, unless the legislation is amended, these programmes will be produced in England. This will cost Wales employment opportunities and consequently loss of revenue. We will still see smoking on the TV, but Welsh companies,actors, production crews and all the entourage will be lost to the Welsh economy. An example may be the loss of Casualty which for many years produced in Bristol, recently this production has been moved to Cardiff. Do we want to send it back over the bridge? Monmouthshire Merlin

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