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ATLANTIS DISCOVERED ; (And it's a little bit closer than you might think)

September 25, 2013


THE backdrop might be more misty than mystical, but Pembrey Country Park has been used to film an epic adventure.

Cefn Sidan has been married with Morocco for the filming of BBC's latest big budget drama Atlantis, which will premiere this weekend. The 13-part fantasy series, set in a Grecian world of legendary heroes and mythical creatures, has been created on location in Morocco, Pembrey and the Urban Myth studios in Chepstow.

TV drama and film location director Midge Ferguson said they had been filming in Morocco since April, but when they were putting the final location scenes together in August they realised they were short of many scenes and needed to replicate Morocco's Oualidia beach dunes.

He said: After several location sorties we discovered Pembrey.

Cefn Sidan was perfect. We had to wait for a weather and tide window. Fortunately the sun, heat and tide combined to enable us to get what we needed in just two days filming in August. The shots we captured at Cefn Sidan will be edited into the beach sequence at the start of episode one which was originally filmed in Morocco. Ironically, Sherlock fans had been swarming over the Pembrey Peninsula in the same week hoping to catch a glimpse of Benedict Cumberbach, unaware that Atlantis film crew and actor Jason Donnelly was there. He was protected by an army of security, although they had all their meals at the park's Sidan Cafe. Pembrey Country Park ranger Emyr Richards, who accompanied the film crew and lead actor Jack Donnelly, said: They couldn't believe how the park could be so packed and yet the vast miles of beach just swallowed everyone up and looked deserted -- just what they required.

Carmarthenshire executive board member for regeneration and leisure services Councillor Meryl Gravell said: When it comes to location it seems Cefn Sidan fits the bill for all agendas.

It is exciting Atlantis is being shown across America showing Cefn Sidan off to the world. We have to be proud Carmarthenshire is involved in this epic adventure. Atlantis is bringing to life ancient myths with such a vibrancy and sense of humour and using the historic sands of Cefn Sidan as a backcloth.

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