TV's Casualty in Cardiff Bay move after 25 years in Bristol
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It has been dealing with fictional emergency trauma for 25 years but now TV's Casualty is facing its own big drama. The cameras roll for the final time in Bristol later, as the programme - inextricably linked with the city - is moving to Cardiff Bay in September 2011. Whilst being set in the fictional town of Holby, the BBC programme's opening titles and location settings have shown many views across Bristol including the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Harbourside. Running since 1986, it is credited with bringing millions of pounds into the local economy and providing hundreds of jobs for actors and technicians. Mehjabeen Price, of South West Screen (SWS), said the series brought lots of prosperity to the city. "Casualty has made Bristol its home for 25 years, and has been a valuable asset to our region's industry," she said. This final chapter for Bristol comes after rumours of a possible move to Cardiff started to circulate in 2008.
In July that year, an Early Day Motion was tabled in the Commons. It also noted that drama series Doctors could be forced to relocate to Salford from its Birmingham base. While the motion welcomed the increase in jobs for Cardiff and Salford it said this should not be at the expense of other regions.
In 2009 the BBC formally announced it would move the programme to Cardiff Bay as part of plans to increase network TV production from the UK nations and regions.