A derelict 1945 film/TV set has been constructed on the car park across the road from Portland House.
The carpark next to the former bank is the ideal location to build a post war film set for a new Channel 4 TV drama and it looks so realistic that locals have shown their disgust at the ‘destruction’ of a local heritage building.
Jerusalem is a brand new thriller set in the aftermath of the Second World War that centres around a seismic moment in history, when Britain was struggling to define itself in a new world order. The story revolves around Feef Symonds (Emma Appleton), a bold and ambitious 20-something woman who joins the Civil Service in 1945, just as Attlee’s Labour party sweeps to victory, defeating Churchill in an electoral bolt from the blue. Her ambition to make something of her life is unrecognised by her family but encouraged by her American lover, Peter, played by Matt Lauria (Kingdom, Friday Night Lights) and does not go unnoticed by fellow American and zealot Rowe (Michael Stuhlbarg).
Feef agrees to spy on her own government for the Americans, who are determined to make sure England’s burgeoning Socialist ambitions don’t play into Soviet hands. Struggling to work out what she stands for, and what she’s capable of, Feef must learn to think for herself and play by her own rules at a time when knowledge becomes power and nothing and no-one is what they seem.
Things are further complicated when Feef meets Hugh (Luke Treadaway) a Socialist and idealist, and newly elected Labour MP. Will he cause her to question her loyalty to the Americans? And what role does Jarvis (Stephen Campbell Moore) play?
There’s no information on how long the set will be around but it certainly offers another stop on any filming location tours around Cardiff bay.