Tickets to see the set of the BBC’s longest running TV soap opera, Pobol y Cwm, which is during National Eisteddfod Cardiff 2018 were snapped up in just over a week. As a result, BBC Wales has announced it will release a limited number of additional tickets.
In response to demand for additional tickets, new tours will be opened, giving people another opportunity to visit Cwmderi, the fictional village filmed at BBC Studio Wales’ centre in Cardiff Bay, which is also home to other BBC flagship dramas such as Casualty and Doctor Who.
Series Producer Llyr Morus says: “We’ve had a great response and we’ve managed to squeeze in a few more tours into the timetable. We’re pleased we’re able to open additional tours for Pobol y Cwm fans, giving them a chance to visit Cwmderi during the Eisteddfod week. The bilingual tours are free of charge and we expect the additional tickets to go quickly.”
Shelley Rees (Stacey) and Rhydian Bowen Phillips (Dewi) – two former actors from the soap opera – will return to Cwmderi to lead the tours and there will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions as they take in the sights around the studio.
Shelley says: “It’s going to be a fantastic experience for people to see the studio and the street outside. The set’s amazing – and I’m really looking forward to having a chat with everyone.”
Rhydian says: “People are going to love walking into the houses, taking a peek inside the cupboards, relaxing on the sofas and taking plenty of selfies. And we’ll be opening the doors of the Deri, the shop and the cafe.”
The additional tickets will be released 8.30pm on Friday, July 20 (after tonight’s episode of Pobol y Cwm) at bbc.co.uk/pobolycwm