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The site is attracting a lot of visits from fans of BBC1 daytime drama WPC56 at the moment, so I thought I’d be helpful and create a page of FAQs based on the common search terms people have used to arrive on the site.
- Is WPC56 a new series or repeat?
The new five part series (series two) started on Monday 10th February 2014. This was preceded a week earlier by a repeat of series one, again five episodes, that first aired in March 2013, to allow viewers to catch up on the plot lines that will continue into the second series.
- Where is WPC56 set?
WPC56 is set in 1956 in the fictional suburb of Brinford in Birmingham.
- Where was WPC56 filmed?
Series one and two were filmed on location in Birmingham and the Black Country. The exterior of Brinford Police Station is the Birmingham & Midland Institute in Margaret Street and the station interiors were filmed in an empty factory in Vittoria Street in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. The Black Country Living Museum in Dudley was also heavily used for scenes in both series.
– Series One Locations (also see WPC56 Locations Facebook Group)
– Series Two Locations
- WPC56 on iPlayer?
The episodes from series one and two are available on iPlayer for a limited time only.
Series One can be found on You Tube – Ep1 – Ep2 – Ep3 – Ep4 – Ep5
- WPC56 on DVD?
Unfortunately, there is no news yet of a DVD release of either series one or two.
- WPC56 Danny Szam?
Danny Szam plays Sapphire Club manager Chris Hutton in series two. You can find him on Twitter @DannySzam
- WPC56 Miss Susie Nightingale (Secretary)?
Brinford’s new station secretary, Susie Nightingale, is played by Rachel Leskovac. You can find her on Twitter @RachelLeskovac1
- Who is the new D.I. in WPC56?
DI Max Harper is played by Ben Turner. You can find him on Twitter @iamBenTurner
- WPC56 BBC full cast 2014?
The best source for the main cast list is the official BBC website for the series. The Internet Movie Database will give you a full set of cast and characters for both series to date.
- Who plays Ruby Clarke WPC56 series 2 episode 2?
Ruby Clarke is the undercover name that WPC Gina Dawson assumes so she can investigate the Sapphire Club. Gina (and therefore Ruby) is played by Jennie Jacques.
- WPC56 Theme?
The theme was written by Debbie Wiseman OBE and a sample can be heard on her website – WPC56 Theme
- Who manages the Brothel in WPC56?
Rosie Turner is the madam of the brothel and is played by Emma Cooke.
- What’s Lenny from WPC56 been in?
Lenny Powell is played by Michael Higgs. Michael’s previous roles include, PC Eddie Santini in The Bill and Andy Hunter in Eastenders.
Hope these help answer your questions and just two episodes into series two, I think Nigel Travis sums things up with his tweet this evening;
— Nigel Travis (@Nigel_Travis) February 11, 2014
The hugely successful BBC drama WPC 56 returns to daytime TV on Monday 3rd February 2014 with a repeat of series one from 2013. These five episodes are quickly followed by the eagerly awaited second series which begins at 2.15pm Monday 10th February on BBC1.
So what can we expect from WPC Gina Dawson and her colleagues at Brinford station in the new series? We have a healthy mix of truancy, prostitution, murder, forgery and bribery giving us a daring mixture of gritty storylines for a daytime show. Here’s a detailed look at what’s in store;
Joining Gina Dawson (Jennie Jacques) and Sergeant Fenton (Charlie De’ath) from series one at Brinford station are;
PC Tommy Perkins (former Halesowen College student Liam Jeavons), Sgt. John Swift (James Barriscale – The Bill, Silent Witness), DI Max Harper (Ben Turner – Casualty) and new secretary Susie Nightingale (Rachel Leskovac – Coronation Street, Last Tango in Halifax, Shameless)
— Wintersons Agency (@wintersons) November 26, 2013
Series Two Episode Summaries
Episode 1 (Cry Cry Cry) sees WPC Dawson and her colleagues deal with the arrival of a funfair owner Brendan McCormack’s (Francis Magee – Game of Thrones, Eastenders) travelling fair and a feud over a teenage runaway. Sgt Fenton and DI Harper clash over the discovery of the body of a married councillor at the flat of Rebecca Jones (Jessica Duncan).
Episode 2 (Dead Man Dancing) introduces a young truant, Lizzy Maddock (Harmonie Lloyd), and her local boxing champion dad, Mike Maddock (Nigel Travis – Coronation Street, Peaky Blinders, Mrs Biggs, Nowhere Boy) who finds Gina’s interfering most unwelcome. Mike’s comeback is threatened when he is ordered to throw the fight. Gina goes undercover at the Sapphire Club, managed by Chris Hutton (Danny Szam), as part of the murder case.
— Harmonie Lloyd (@thelloydfamily) December 10, 2013
Episode 3 (The Eye of the Storm) leads DI Harper and PC Perkins to the elusive Rebecca, who has been beaten while being held captive at a brothel by Lenny Powell (Michael Higgs), but she won’t talk. At the Sapphire Club, Gina is enjoying her undercover role as Ruby Clarke but finds she is growing fond of manager Chris and a murder turns Sgt. Fenton’s world upside down.
— Danny Szam (@DannySzam) November 27, 2013
Episode 4 (That Old Devil Called Love) sees Lenny arrested and under suspicion of murder. Sgt. Fenton’s deceit is discovered and even his evidence against Lenny may not be enough to save him. Lenny’s escapes when his prison transport is ambushed giving him the opportunity to reveal the true identity of Ruby Clarke.
Thoroughly enjoying filming WPC56! Hard to believe we’re over half way?! — Jennie Jacques (@JennieJacques1) November 19, 2013
Episode 5 (The Harder They Fall) finds Sgt. Fenton discovering a local forger is making a fake passport for Lenny, but he is shocked when he sees who turns up to collect it. A shot is fired during a struggle with a suspect and WPC Dawson is shocked to find that she is the one under investigation. Can Gina clear her name as the series reaches its thrilling conclusion?
— Jessica Duncan (@jessicaduncan91) December 1, 2013
Series Two Locations
A great deal of series two was filmed at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley (as were a number of scenes in series one) as it makes a perfect film set for a period drama. The production returned to Margaret Street in Birmingham city centre to film the exterior of Brinford station at the Birmingham & Midland Institute and the interior scenes were filmed in an old factory building in Vittoria Street in the Jewellery Quarter.
— Danny Szam (@DannySzam) November 17, 2013
The brothel scenes were filmed at Bearwood Corks Club, Bearwood Road, Smethwick and other scenes were shot in Edgbaston and Barnt Green.
If you missed series one then make sure you catch the re-run starting 2.15pm on Monday 3rd February 2014 on BBc1 and then catch series two the following week. As Daniel Brocklebank (who plays Carl Saunders) confirms below it’s great pretending to be back in the 1950s and WPC56 will take you there each day at 2.15pm.
Another lovely day of pretending that it was 1956… #WPC56 might just be the happiest tv show I’ve ever worked on.
— Daniel Brocklebank (@Dan_Brocklebank) October 29, 2013
The WPC 56 Cast on Twitter
A large number of the WPC 56 cast are on Twitter, here is a link to a list of their accounts
Welcome back Brinford and here’s hoping that series two expands the fantastic viewing figures from the first series (22% share of audience) and we get a further series of adventures with WPC Gina Dawson.
It’s been confirmed for a while now that the great daytime series WPC56 would be getting a second series, hopefully airing at a more mainstream time of day, but this evening the lead actress has confirmed they start shooting, in Birmingham this weekend.
If you need a reminder of some of the locations used in series one then you can check the WPC56 Locations page and keep your eyes open for 1950s cars and clothes on the Birmingham streets over the next few weeks as shooting gets underway.