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UK premiere of Da Vinci's Demons at Neath's Gwyn Hall

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 08, 2013

A still from the Da Vinci’s Demons TV series, which has been filmed locally and which will be premiered at the Gwyn Hall in Neath

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A NEW TV show premiered in Florence and Cannes, is now going to be shown for the first time... in Neath.

The red carpet will be rolled out at the town's Gwyn Hall for the UK premiere of Da Vinci's Demons on Thursday, April 18.

The eagerly-awaited, action-packed eight-part historical fantasy, which follows the early and turbulent life of Leonardo Da Vinci, is already being talked about on both sides of the Atlantic.

It has been directed by Batman and Man of Steel writer David S Goyer.

The Guardian hailed the big- budget show, which has been produced by BBC Worldwide and Starz, said: "Da Vinci's Demons has Hollywood pedigree."

The Hollywood Reporter said David S Goyer "took the stuffiness and pomposity out of the period- piece, costume-drama ideal so popular with the BBC and PBS and made it unapologetically entertaining."

Monroe and I Want Candy star Tom Riley takes on the lead role of the young Da Vinci and Upstairs Downstairs star Laura Haddock plays Lucrezia Donati, the mistress of Lorenzo Medici and lover of Leonardo da Vinci. Margam Castle was transformed into the Medici Palace for the epic production but much of the filming was centred at the old Visteon site, which has been transformed into Bay Studios, in Fabian Way.

Swansea production designer Ed Thomas, who worked on Doctor Who and Torchwood along with the Sarah Jane Adventures, had a key role in bringing the show to Swansea Bay with Julie Gardner, who is the executive producer of BBC Worldwide. The series which is being premiered on TV channels across Norway, Australia, Germany, Italy, South Africa and Russia, throughout this month, will have its UK onscreen premiere on Fox TV on Friday, April 19.

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  • retepseer  |  April 08 2013, 10:47AM

    Isn't it great that we have this major TV production here in Neath Port Talbot. Let us hope that this first series will lead onto greater things.