The hugely successful BBC drama WPC 56 returned to daytime TV on Monday 23rd February 2015 with a repeat of series one (originally broadcast 2013). These five episodes are quickly followed by a repeat of series two from Monday 2nd March 2015 on BBC1 (originally broadcast 2014).
So what can we expect from WPC Gina Dawson and her colleagues at Brinford station in series two? 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 up on BBC iPlayer before you catch series two next 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.