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WPC 56 Series 3 – Who’s in?

When the BBC Media Centre broke the following news on 27th August 2014;

Both Father Brown and WPC 56 returns for a third series. A Halloween ghost story, a Christmas wedding, the arrival of a new nurse and farewell to some familiar faces, tune into Doctors this autumn on BBC One to find out more.
WPC56 will – tx BBC One late Autumn – 10 x 45 mins. Produced by BBC Birmingham

A whole TEN episodes, that was unexpected, especially as series one and two only had 5 x 45 mins episodes. It certainly seemed that the daytime show was set for even greater exposure, and rightly so.

Just under one month later a star of the show confirmed that the 10 episode announcement was likely to be a mistake.  It a tweet, James Barriscale (Sgt Swift) stated;

not unless they’re 20 mins eps!

So, it seems that we are only getting FIVE new episodes for series three, but I guess we’ll take that.

So who will be returning for series three?

Filming on series three commenced on Sunday 19th October 2014 and some of the cast have already announced their involvement.

Confirmed – Liam Jeavons reprises his role as the shy PC Tommy Perkins

Heavily Hinted – James Barricale will return as Sgt John Swift, unless he normally wears 1959 cardigans!

and then later confirmed

Confirmed – Rachel Leskovac looks extremely likely to be returning as bubbly station secretary Susie Nightingale

So Susie, PC Perkins and Sgt Swift are back, as confirmed by this picture from Liam Jeavons on Twitter, but who else will we see?

Confirmed – John Bowler (Chief Superintendent Arthur Coulson) visible on set in this series three filming image

Confirmed – London Talent Agency, Cole Kitchenn have confirmed Daniel Brocklebank (Carl Saunders) will return
Daniel has recently filmed scenes for a role in Coronation Street.

Confirmed – Joanna Higson is committed to the show until December, joining the cast in a yet to be revealed role.
Joanna has previously appeared in Shameless, Holby City and Doctors.

Very Likely – Mark Healey (Chief Inspector Briggs)
With confirmation that Daniel Brocklebank will reprise the character of Carl Saunders it does seem highly likely we’ll see Mark Healey so they can pick up their storyline from series two.

Uncertain – Charles De’ath (Sgt Sidney Fenton)
Charles was last seen on our screens as a land agent in the BBC series Our Zoo, but there has been no news so far about his corrupt character from series one and two. I hope that such a strong character will return to Brinford.

Out – Ben Turner (DI Max Harper) is currently touring in ‘The Kite Runner‘, which runs until 22nd November

Due to his current commitment to his theatre tour, Ben Turner will not be available until late November, which will rule him out of a major role in series three. See comment #1 below

Looking Unlikely – Jennie Jacques has been exceptionally busy in 2014, first Vikings

and on September 17th Jennie revealed her next project, The Delivery Man for ITV;

So, with the career of WPC Dawson hanging in the balance at the end of series two, it remains to be seen if we will be watching a new WPC in Brinford’s next set of adventures?

Location Updates

On 9th October 2014, Moseley School confirmed on Twitter they will be one of the 1950s locations used for series 3

When I hear any news I’ll update this post, so watch this space.

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WPC56 FAQs

The site attracted a lot of visits from fans of BBC1 daytime drama WPC56 at the start of 2014, 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.

  1. 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.
    Series 3 will start filming 19th October 2014 and is likely to be on screen early 2015.
  2. Where is WPC56 set?
    WPC56 is set in 1956 in the fictional suburb of Brinford in Birmingham.
  3. 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.
    Moseley School announced they will be a series three location before any filming commenced.
    Series One Locations (also see WPC56 Locations Facebook Group)
    Series Two Locations
  4. WPC56 on iPlayer?
    The episodes from series one and two are no longer available on iPlayer
  5. WPC56 on DVD?
    A DVD release of series one or two was released on 29th September 2014.
  6. WPC56 Danny Szam?
    Danny Szam plays Sapphire Club manager Chris Hutton in series two. You can find him on Twitter @DannySzam
  7. WPC56 Miss Susie Nightingale (Secretary)?
    Brinford’s new station secretary, Susie Nightingale, is played by Rachel Leskovac. You can find her on Twitter @RachelLeskovac1
  8. Who is the new D.I. in WPC56?
    DI Max Harper is played by Ben Turner. You can find him on Twitter @iamBenTurner
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. WPC56 Theme?
    The theme was written by Debbie Wiseman OBE and a sample can be heard on her website – WPC56 Theme
  12. Who manages the Brothel in WPC56?
    Rosie Turner is the madam of the brothel and is played by Emma Cooke.
  13. 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 I think Nigel Travis sums things up with this tweet;

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WPC 56 Series Two – Confirmed 10th-14th February 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;

New characters

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)

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.

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.

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.

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? 

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.

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.

The WPC 56 Cast on Twitter

A large number of the WPC 56 cast are on Twitter,

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.

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WPC56 – Series Two

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.

Jennie Jacques Post

Confirmation that WPC56 series two starts shooting in Birmingham 19th/20th October

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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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