WPC 56 – New BBC Drama

A new Birmingham based five part BBC daytime drama aired between Monday 18th March and Friday 22nd March. You can still catch up on BBC iPlayer until 29th March is you missed out.

WPC 56 was set in fictional Brinford Police Station, just outside Birmingham and was filmed on location in Birmingham and locations around the wider West Midlands.

Set in 1956 it starred 23 year old Jennie Jacques as WPC Gina Dawson, the first policewoman to arrive at the headquarters of the Midlands Constabulary, who faces bullying and sexism in the 1950s male dominated workplace. Certainly ‘grittier than Heartbeat’ the daring daytime plots featured murder, rape and child abuse which will no doubt raise some eyebrows, however, Will Trotter, Head of drama at BBC Birmingham, is hopeful the show may get a Sunday afternoon repeat due to it’s nostalgic themes.

The interior of the 1950s station were filmed in a disused building on Vittoria Street in Birmingham Jewellery Quarter and the Birmingham & Midland Institute on Margaret Street doubled as the exterior of the station. The Anchor Inn on Bradford Street near Digbeth features in a scene in Episode 2.

Other West Midlands locations include the Black Country Living Museum (also seen recently in the BBC2 drama Dancing on the Edge), Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham Town Hall, Victoria Law Courts, the Electric Cinema and Dudley Zoo.

Check out some of the locations used on the WPC 56 Locations Page.

WPC 56 aired on Monday 18th March on BBC1 at 2.15pm Jennie Jacques stars in new BBC1 crime drama WPC 56. Picture BBC/Gary Moyes

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