Episode five of AMC's riveting crime drama series Gangs of London, available to watch here, was filmed in Wales, homeland of its co-creator Gareth Evans. To whet your appetite, here are 10 other worthwhile shows filmed and/or set in the beautiful country also known as Cymru.
Gavin & Stacey
Created by James Corden and Ruth Jones, this super-popular sitcom follows a long-distance relationship that develops between Gavin (Mathew Horne), a guy from Essex near London, and Stacey (Joanna Page), a young woman from Barry Island in Wales. Stacey's seaside hometown is featured so prominently in the series it's almost a character in its own right – even if Gavin's mum Pam (Alison Steadman) mistakenly refers to it as "Barry's Island."
This mystery thriller series starring Torchwood favorite Eve Myles is filmed concurrently in Welsh and English, meaning you can watch it in either language. It's set in the fictional Welsh town of Abercorran with many scenes shot in the pretty south Wales town of Laugharne. Season three, which follows Myles' small-town lawyer as she takes on a devastating case involving a seriously ill child, premiered on Acorn TV in April.
The Pembrokeshire Murders
This hit British miniseries, which premiered recently on BritBox, centers on a spate of real-life murders that took place in the '80s in the Welsh county of Pembrokeshire. Luke Evans stars as Steve Wilkins, a persistent police officer trying to prove more than a decade later that local criminal John Cooper (Keith Allen) was responsible. It's intense stuff set against the stunning backdrop of the Pembrokeshire coastline.
Since its 2005 relaunch, BBC America's iconic sci-fi show has been produced by BBC Wales in Cardiff; viewers will recognize the imposing National Museum Cardiff as a regular filming location. Fans of spin-off series Torchwood have even turned a spot at Mermaid's Quay in Cardiff Bay into an enduring shrine to Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd), a beloved character who lost his life in the line of duty.
This popular Netflix series has a deliberately transatlantic aesthetic that creator Laurie Nunn has called an homage to classic John Hughes teen movies. It's actually filmed in the Wye Valley, a designated "Area of National Beauty" that straddles the border between Wales and England. Exterior shots of Moordale High, the fictional school where Otis (Asa Butterfield) and the gang study, are shot at the former campus of the University of South Wales in Newport.
Like Doctor Who, the Emmy-winning detective series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman is made in Wales; the first two seasons were produced at Upper Boat Studios in Cardiff, which was also Doctor Who's home from 2006-2012. Certain scenes are filmed on location in London, which is obviously where Cumberbatch's title character is supposed to live, but the bulk of production is very much a Welsh affair.
Ruth Jones is a proud Welshwoman and duly set her post-Gavin & Stacey show, the warm and supremely likeable comedy-drama series Stella, in the fictional Welsh town of Pontyberry. During its six-season run – which came to an end in 2017 – it was filmed largely in Ferndale, a small town in the Rhondda Valley of South Wales.
BBC America's cult horror series starring Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner, and Lenora Crichlow was initially set and filmed in Bristol in southwest England. Then, for reasons it would be a spoiler to go into, the show relocated across the border to Barry Island in south Wales for its third season. Sadly, however, a Gavin & Stacey crossover episode never materialized... though we're still holding out hope.
Pobol y Cym
Produced by the BBC since 1974, this Welsh language soap opera has become a true national institution. It's set in Cwmderi, a fictional village in southwest Wales, and follows the ups and downs of the extremely close-knit local agricultural community. Pobol y Cym reached its milestone 8,000th episode in 2019 and is now shot on a purpose-built set at the BBC's Cardiff Bay studios.
This crime drama series starring Line of Duty alum Sian Reese-Williams was originally broadcast on Welsh-language network S4C as Craith. A bilingual version in both English and Welsh soon followed on BBC One Wales, BBC Four, and Acorn TV. It's partly filmed in the stunning mountainous region of Snowdonia, so even when the storylines get super-dark, it's beautiful to look at. A third season is due later this year.
Have we forgotten about one of your favorite shows set in Wales?