Following the success of its single film, BBC One Wales has commissioned Tuesday’s Child’s Cardiff base to make a full series of Full House.

The 8 x 30-minute episodes, due to be broadcast this Autumn, come from Judges Bingo Hall in Tonypandy. It’s part of the Majestic group and known throughout the region as the Las Vegas of the Valleys. Players have been gathering and winners have been calling out there for over 100 years.

Filmed with a fixed rig, the cameras eavesdrop and capture intimate moments in people’s lives as, over the course of the evening, a host of personal dramas play out. All are hoping to hit the jackpot, but some things are more important than cash, including love, family and friendship.

BBC Wales’ commissioning editor Julian Carey said: “The single film was hugely popular with our audiences, in fact it was our third highest rating documentary in 2020. As soon as the bingo halls reopened we wanted the cameras back in there to capture more of this diverse and relatable cast of larger-than-life characters.”

Tuesday’s Child creative director, Steph Harris said: “Filmed in Wales from our Cardiff base with a warm and close-knit community, it is above all a demonstration of heart, humour and hope, a slice of life which is a portrait of the UK at leisure.”

The series producer is Jacci Parry, the executive producer is Steph Harris.

Tuesday’s Child, launched in 2012 by Karen Smith, has offices in London, Cardiff and Glasgow. Its shows include Lego Masters, The Hit List and You’re Back in the Room for ITV, which Tuesday’s Child also produced in the States as Hypnotize Me for The CW. The format was also made in ten other major territories and optioned in a further ten.

Recent formats include Killer Camp for ITV2; Guessable? For Comedy Central, Extraordinary Escapes for Channel 4; Great British History Hunters for More 4 and Apocalypse Wow for ITV2.

New and upcoming formats include Queens for the Night, a 1 x90 Saturday night special for ITV.


Pippa Considine

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