Well, today the BBC is reporting that Pinewood is going to be building a huge new studio complex in Cardiff (180,000 square feet, or just five thousand more than Roath Lock), "Pinewood Studios Wales". This (ought to be) good news for Wales, since it means local jobs n' all. It's a sweet deal for Pinewood as well - the Welsh government has not only agreed to help set up the new studios, but has given Pinewood exclusive advising rights on a new 30 million pound investment fund for television and film. Which is probably not going to go to BBC productions, then.
In fact, the only way it could have been better for Pinewood was if they'd acquired fully-functional studios instead of having to wait for them...but it'd be terribly cynical to think that Michael Grade, aware of the impending press release, wistfully thought of how nice it'd be if the BBC had handed over the Doctor Who studios into the bargain. Terribly cynical indeed. Still, it'd mean he's human enough to indulge in wistful thinking.
|This is Ed Thomas, from a South Wales article about Da Vinci's Demons. They still went with a picture of him in the TARDIS.|