Friday, 21 March 2014

Welsh based does not make a programme about Wales.


 The Wasting Mule once again cannot tell the difference between Welsh programmes and Welsh "based programmes.


They write
a new Wales-based children’s drama prepares to air on the CBBC channel, the country’s growing reputation as a filming location could spark a return to those glory days.
Rocket’s Island, which is to be premiered in Cardiff this week, is made by Bafta-winning Lime Pictures, founded by Phil Redmond, creator of Grange Hill.
Set on the fictional island of Dirgelmor, the series follows the magical adventures of schoolboy Rocket Boulsworth and his friends.

Firstly  this is the second series and I didn't see  first as Welsh programme or about Wales

Indeed the BBC own synopsis tells us that it is set in the Isle of Man

Tucked away in a corner of the beautiful Isle of Man is a farm called The Knot - a special place where raw and rugged nature plays host to a stream of urban kids, all fostered by Peter and Sarah Boulsworth and their kids, Rocket (11) and Alli (14). But Rocket and Alli never signed up for this.
Sure, they have the freedom of the farm, which they zoom around on quad bike and horseback, but they never volunteered to have dozens of brothers and sisters – after all, some days just one sibling feels like one too many...

 The Mule coninues..
The Welsh film and television sector is in the midst of an unprecedented boom thanks in part to the The Wales Screen Commission, part of the Welsh Government’s creative industries team, which, since its inception in 2002 has helped attract a host of notable productions.
Hollywood projects assisted by the commission include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows while high-profile television productions include Doctor Who, Da Vinci’s Demons, Torchwood, Gavin and Stacey and Sherlock.

Only a few have Welsh connections and  only DE Who which has severed any story lines set in Wales are still being produced.

If we are to celebrate the Welsh film and TV centre   shouldn't we start with  those Made.About and Set in Wales and stop all this Welsh Based nonsense claiming a connection only because it was shot here.

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