I'm currently Designing a very exciting adventure living history series called 'Ultimate Viking', produced by Wildflame Productions Ltd., Zig Zag Productions Ltd. and Tindefilm for Smithsonian Channel. The challenge is to Design a purpose-built Viking Settlement on the spectacular Norwegian cost so that the diverse cast of men and women can be pushed to the extreme as they find out if they have what it takes to live as true Vikings. Its a brutal endurance competition in which contestants must hone their Vikings skills and apply their mental and physical strength to endure the toughest test of their lives.
Game of Thrones Kristofer Hivju and his wife Gry Molvær Hivju will host the series and are proud to show the fjords, ocean and wild mountains that their ancestors saw. For them, this series is all about a genuine extreme experience based on Viking society, set deep in the heart of the land of the Vikings.
The series will also include a one-hour accompanying documentary slated to air in 2021.
I've just finished Designing a brand new series for S4C created by Vox Pictures and BBC Wales, an exciting new six part drama which will keep you on your toes, Gwenllian Gravelle from S4C said "We wanted to experiment with a new format. Vox Pictures succeeded in creating the drama series Cyswllt for S4C at the beginning of lockdown and this worked really well with half hour episodes."
"Fflam is a very exciting production with a thrilling story, amazing actors and a compelling script – it's great to see high quality Welsh drama being created again."
Adrian Bates of Vox Pictures said: "Vox Pictures are delighted to be working with S4C again on this prestigious series that will undoubtedly follow the success of both Un Bore Mercher and Cyswllt. Producer Llyr Morus and director Judith Dine have recruited an impressive cast and crew that will deliver this compulsive story in such challenging times."
Fflam has been filmed in the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan area during November and December. The series premiers on S4C on 10 February. Vox Pictures followed all the COVID guidelines, legislation and protocols that have been put in place by Welsh Government in order to ensure that filming is carried out safely.
I've recently Designed the final series of 'Keeping Faith' for Vox Pictures, this was a tough one as we started shooting before the Covid-19 Pandemic, and had to postpone the shoot due to the lockdown, as restrictions lifted and new guidelines were put in place as well as training, we completed the series with honour.
Un Bore Mercher will hit our S4C screens on the 1st November 2020 and will TX on BBC at the end of march 2021. #staysafe
I've just Designed a three part Drama during the Covid-19 Pandemic Lockdown, here are some details of the exceptional drama below:
"In strange and unprecedented times, where plans are cancelled and technology has become our only means of contact with the outside world, an exciting new Lockdown drama has hit our screens.
Cyswllt (Lifeline) is an intimate drama that gives a snapshot of life during a pandemic, showing the effect of Lockdown on individuals and families. In a pioneering move, it has used only laptops and phones to film the entire three-part series.
The series, which has seen its first episode screened on Wednesday 29th April 2020 on S4C, was the first drama of its kind to be commissioned, shot and broadcast in the UK during Lockdown.
Filmed under strict safety conditions, 'Cyswllt' has captured the changes we are all experiencing in our lives as our relationships and behavior are shaped by fear. Warm-hearted and compassionate in tone, the series interweaves the stories of family and friends over the weeks, bringing tension, split loyalties and big surprises."
If you've missed it then you can see Episode 1 and 2 on iPlayer here https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/p08b603f/cyswllt-mewn-covid and Episode 3 is on S4C on Wednesday 13th May 2020 at 2130.
In 2019 I designed a brand new series called 'The Tuckers', a BBC Comedy Drama based in Wales written by Steve Speirs, Directed by Ian Fitzgibbon and Produced by Owen Bell.
Broadcast on BBC Cymru/Wales and iPlayer on the 10th January 2020.
So series one of The Tuckers has now been on our screens and the response has been overwhelming, we have the support of Rob Brydon, Rufus Hound, Stephen Merchant, David Mitchel and Jack Whitehall to name just a few, remember you can also binge watch the series again on the BBC iPlayer here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000d4w4 if you want to watch again.
'The Tuckers' has just been nominated for a 2020 BAFTA Cymru award for best Entertainment Programme
‘CONCRETE PLANS’ is a feature film set in Wales co-produced by Fractured Films, Perfectmotion and co-funded by Film Agency Wales, the thriller tells the story of a motley gang of builders who take on a remote farmhouse job, only to be ripped off by the aristocratic owner before things spin badly out of control. The film is a snapshot of contemporary Britain – encompassing issues from the black economy, class divisions, immigration and social tensions, but rendered through the prism of a tense thriller as blue collar workers turn on the home owner, then one another against the rugged backdrop of the Welsh mountains, directed by Will Jewell.
The trailer for ‘Concrete Plans’ is out now, so proud of the teams hard work as we didn’t have a lot of money but it turned out looking fantastic. The film premieres on Friday at @FrightFest then uk digital launch on 23rd November via @SignatureEntUK, please take a look.
Four million people tuned into The Murder of Jill Dando, a production I'm proud to say I designed for the BBC which was broadcast at 9pm on BBC1 on the 2nd April 2019, working alongside the director Marcus Plowright, Producer Georgina Lee and Executive Producer Joe Mather. The documentary was created to mark 20 years since the tragic murder of TV presenter and newsreader Jill Dando back in 1999. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003w40
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'The Murder of Jill Dando' has just been nominated for a 2020 BAFTA Cymru award for a Best Single Documentary
Stephen Nicholas is an experienced Production Designer and Supervising Art Director with twenty three years experience in Film and Television, his latest Production Designer credits include 'Cyswllt' - Lifelines (A Lockdown Drama) 'The Tuckers', (BBC Comedy Drama) 'Concrete Plans' (Feature Film), 'The Murder of Jill Dando' (BBC Drama Documentary) and 'The Finale Countdown' which is a live Concert for Doctor Who. His Supervising Art Director credits include over ninety episodes of 'Doctor Who', nineteen episodes of 'Torchwood', the 'Sherlock' pilot and several episodes of 'The Sarah Jane Adventures', he has also worked on over fifteen Feature Films in various countries around the world, from the Isle of Mann to South Africa and from Romania to Croatia. Stephen is very passionate designer and gives a hundred and ten percent to each and every project and works hard to achieve the highest of standards whatever the budget. Stephen has also Designed sets for various events nationwide while Studio Managing for the BBC and is also a verified trainer and mentor and continues to support apprentices and trainee schemes through various development programs to this day.
Stephen has project managed many projects over the years, from setting up the first construction workshop for Doctor Who to the design process of the Upper Boat six Studio complex for BBC Wales which housed the ever growing ‘Doctor Who’ show as well as ‘Torchwood’, ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures’ and the ’Sherlock’ series. Stephen was asked to project manage the decommission of the Upper Boat site and to manage the move to the newly built drama village in Cardiff Bay which is a purpose build 175,000 square foot Drama Hub for the BBC which is the home of ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Upstairs Downstairs’, ‘Casualty’ and 'Pobol Y Cwm’, the 22,000 square foot of props store, costumes, prosthetics store, electrical store and the props fabrication workshop would need relocating to an existing site as well as the new facility in Cardiff Bay. Stephen was also asked to decommission the TARDIS interior set under which would need CDM regulations due to its complexity, it needed flat packing and stored for BBC Worldwide’s future event and exhibition use. Following its decommission, Stephen returned the site to the BBC specification and to the landlords requests.
When Stephen started as the Supervising Art Director on Doctor Who back in 2004, it was evident that the show was a design led show, so as the show developed all he could think about is how he could show the world what talent there was in Wales as well as the fantastic work that was being created for the series, so he thought it would be great to have a document that could showcase it all, he came up with the idea of writing a book which would involve designs from the ninety episodes and six series Stephen had Art Directed and with the help of Mike Tucker who worked on the earlier years to show us a little insight into how it was made back then, this could then highlight how the show has evolved and become the magnificent brand it is today, Impossible Worlds was born and was published in October 2015. In 2016 Impossible World won best Doctor Who Book (non fiction) in Doctor Who Magazine's readers poll and is loved by many fans and art lovers across the world.
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