Car crash scenes filmed for BBC One drama Casualty in Pill, Newport

DRAMATIC: A car crash staged in Pill, Newport for an episode of the BBC drama Casualty

RECORDING: A film crew in Pill, Newport working on an episode of the BBC drama Casualty

ONE OF THE STARS: Sunetra Sarker as Dr Zoe Hanna in the BBC drama Casualty

First published in News

ABOUT 100 people watched a dramatic stunt being performed for BBC One’s Casualty in Newport on Sunday.

Sally Wallis, who watched the drama unfold, said there had been a large crowd watching the action on Commercial Road in Pill.

It was staged at about 2pm on Sunday afternoon after what Mrs Wallis said was “lots of behind the scenes action” before filming could start.

Shots of cars zooming down Commercial Street were filmed first. Then a silver saloon car crashing into a portable office in front of the Chicken Cottage takeaway was completed in one take. Mrs Wallis said she saw a dummy of a small boy being put in the car before it was driven into the building.

She said: “I’m not a Casualty fan but I was just interested to see what was going on.”

It is believed the action will be shown on television in May.

Antonio Van-Ellis was in Pill to drop his girlfriend off at her home in Capel Crescent on the day but found the entrance to the road blocked off.

He was so drawn in to what was happening, he watched the filming on Sunday and went back again yesterday to see other scenes of the car’s recovery.

He said: “It was brilliant. I can’t believe what they go through just for us to watch Casualty.”

BBC crews were based in Pill for about a week before filming started.

And the filming came on the same weekend as a scene which showed a limousine hanging off Newport’s George Street Bridge was broadcast on BBC One.

The scenes, which were filmed in the city last September, were shown as part of the Brothers in Arms episode shown on Saturday night at 9.10pm.

Viewers saw a limousine’s driver distracted after one of his passengers uncorked a bottle of champagne. He lost concentration and control of the car. The car swerved, smashed into railings and half of it was left precariously hanging from the bridge.

Casualty, first broadcast in September 1986, is currently in its 28th series and Saturday’s was the 887th episode.

Originally produced by BBC Bristol, production moved to BBC Cymru Wales, and has been based at Roath Lock in Cardiff since 2012.

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7:39am Tue 21 Jan 14

Vauxfiat says...

It's brilliant to see Casualty being filned in Newport. It was done years ago as well in the Kingsway Centre. Only fault I noticed on Saturday was in one scene, the limo waas going through the Butetown Tunnel in Cardiff and in the next scene (afer the limo turned right), was on George St Bridge..
Can whoever moved George St Bridge to Cardiff please put it back :-)
Apart from that........Brillian
t show

As an add on, I have also had the pleasure of watching the end of the first series of Torchwood being filmed behind my Office window in Cardiff a few years ago..
It's brilliant to see Casualty being filned in Newport. It was done years ago as well in the Kingsway Centre. Only fault I noticed on Saturday was in one scene, the limo waas going through the Butetown Tunnel in Cardiff and in the next scene (afer the limo turned right), was on George St Bridge.. Can whoever moved George St Bridge to Cardiff please put it back :-) Apart from that........Brillian t show As an add on, I have also had the pleasure of watching the end of the first series of Torchwood being filmed behind my Office window in Cardiff a few years ago.. Vauxfiat
  • Score: 6

9:58am Tue 21 Jan 14

sperduti says...

Vauxfiat wrote:
It's brilliant to see Casualty being filned in Newport. It was done years ago as well in the Kingsway Centre. Only fault I noticed on Saturday was in one scene, the limo waas going through the Butetown Tunnel in Cardiff and in the next scene (afer the limo turned right), was on George St Bridge..
Can whoever moved George St Bridge to Cardiff please put it back :-)
Apart from that........Brillian

t show

As an add on, I have also had the pleasure of watching the end of the first series of Torchwood being filmed behind my Office window in Cardiff a few years ago..
yes noticed that too ! , my daughter was in this episode in the waiting room scene but was told it would be episode 21 and it was in the George street episode so good job we spotted her!!
[quote][p][bold]Vauxfiat[/bold] wrote: It's brilliant to see Casualty being filned in Newport. It was done years ago as well in the Kingsway Centre. Only fault I noticed on Saturday was in one scene, the limo waas going through the Butetown Tunnel in Cardiff and in the next scene (afer the limo turned right), was on George St Bridge.. Can whoever moved George St Bridge to Cardiff please put it back :-) Apart from that........Brillian t show As an add on, I have also had the pleasure of watching the end of the first series of Torchwood being filmed behind my Office window in Cardiff a few years ago..[/p][/quote]yes noticed that too ! , my daughter was in this episode in the waiting room scene but was told it would be episode 21 and it was in the George street episode so good job we spotted her!! sperduti
  • Score: 3

7:20pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Limestonecowboy says...

The production effects are good but the story lines? paramedics overuling fire brigade advice & getting into a car precariously hanging off GS bridge... please!
The production effects are good but the story lines? paramedics overuling fire brigade advice & getting into a car precariously hanging off GS bridge... please! Limestonecowboy
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11:38am Wed 22 Jan 14

ExNewport says...

Limestonecowboy wrote:
The production effects are good but the story lines? paramedics overuling fire brigade advice & getting into a car precariously hanging off GS bridge... please!
The paramedics are obviously braver than the firefighters!
[quote][p][bold]Limestonecowboy[/bold] wrote: The production effects are good but the story lines? paramedics overuling fire brigade advice & getting into a car precariously hanging off GS bridge... please![/p][/quote]The paramedics are obviously braver than the firefighters! ExNewport
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2:54pm Wed 22 Jan 14

ellenbrain says...

Would love to be informed when casualty are filming in Newport again, such a shame I missed it twice :( would love to meet Matt Bradock (Jeff) again :)
Would love to be informed when casualty are filming in Newport again, such a shame I missed it twice :( would love to meet Matt Bradock (Jeff) again :) ellenbrain
  • Score: 1

7:13pm Wed 22 Jan 14

foxy3rd says...

Vauxfiat wrote:
It's brilliant to see Casualty being filned in Newport. It was done years ago as well in the Kingsway Centre. Only fault I noticed on Saturday was in one scene, the limo waas going through the Butetown Tunnel in Cardiff and in the next scene (afer the limo turned right), was on George St Bridge..
Can whoever moved George St Bridge to Cardiff please put it back :-)
Apart from that........Brillian

t show

As an add on, I have also had the pleasure of watching the end of the first series of Torchwood being filmed behind my Office window in Cardiff a few years ago..
It's happened before in I think Tiger Bay with Hayley Mills in her screen debut in 1959.Horst Bucholz stepped off the Tranny straight into Tiger Bay ,her dad John mills played the police Inspector.
[quote][p][bold]Vauxfiat[/bold] wrote: It's brilliant to see Casualty being filned in Newport. It was done years ago as well in the Kingsway Centre. Only fault I noticed on Saturday was in one scene, the limo waas going through the Butetown Tunnel in Cardiff and in the next scene (afer the limo turned right), was on George St Bridge.. Can whoever moved George St Bridge to Cardiff please put it back :-) Apart from that........Brillian t show As an add on, I have also had the pleasure of watching the end of the first series of Torchwood being filmed behind my Office window in Cardiff a few years ago..[/p][/quote]It's happened before in I think Tiger Bay with Hayley Mills in her screen debut in 1959.Horst Bucholz stepped off the Tranny straight into Tiger Bay ,her dad John mills played the police Inspector. foxy3rd
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