Day of drama as sinkhole and TV series close road
THERE was drama aplenty on a road that was closed by a giant sinkhole!
Not only did the huge hole appear causing a “highways emergency”, but another part of Devauden Road in St Arvans was also shut the same day for the filming of a new six-part BBC crime drama.
The stretch between Laurel Park and Grange Road was shut on Sunday, July 10, after the appearance of the sinkhole befitting of a Hollywood disaster movie.
Works continued the following day, when the road was also closed between Pen-y-Parc and Upper Fedw for 12 hours for the filming of Wolf, based on Mo Hayder’s Jack Caffery novels.
“The road was closed by us for the duration of the day,” said a spokesperson for Hartswood Films, the production company behind Sherlock and Dracula.
“There were cones and work in the road outside of the closure are.”
Filming took place between 9.30am and 9.30pm.
The series stars Midwich Cuckoos, Blindspot, and Humans actor Ukweli Roach as DI Jack Caffery.
A BBC post said: “DI Caffery is a young man searching for himself.
“Obsessed with the neighbour he believes murdered his 10-year-old brother in the 90s, Jack finds himself trying to right the wrongs of others - but at what cost?
“In an isolated house in Monmouthshire, the wealthy Anchor-Ferrers family find themselves the victims of a psychopath’s cruel games, trapped and terrorised.
“When the two narratives collide, it’s a thrilling, nail-biting and deeply disturbing race against time.”
The series also stars Iwan Rheon of Game of Thrones and Misfits fame, and Doctor Who and Marvel’s Iron Fist star Sacha Dhawan.
Monmouthshire and the Wye Valley are often popular choices for televison companis looking for unusual properties or fantastic scenery.
The popular Sex Education series which streams on Netflix has used a property on the River Wye and the historic footbridge the Grade II-listed Tintern wireworks railway bridge which spans the River Wye and the border between Wales and England, linking Monmouthshire and the Forest of Dean as locations.
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