Swansea is one of the unexpected stars of a major new drama depicting life in the fashion industry in post war Paris.

THE COLLECTION which has received financial backing from Welsh Government, is a gripping new historical drama that premiered yesterday (Friday 2nd September) exclusively on Amazon Prime.

The new series is made up of eight hour long episodes and features  an impressive ensemble cast which includes  Richard Coyle ( Coupling, Crossbones) and Tom Riley (Da Vinci’s Demons).

Other names include The Good Wife’s Mamie Gumer, acclaimed stage and screen actor, Frances de la Tour and a wonderful local cast which features Bethan Mary James (Belle).

Though set in Paris, THE COLLECTION was filmed mostly in  Swansea and was supported by investment from the Welsh Government’s Media Investment Budget. A significant proportion of the generous budget for this ambitious show was spent in Wales.

The thrilling family saga is written and created by Oliver Goldstick, the writer and producer of Pretty Little Liars and Ugly Betty, and follows two clashing brothers at The House of Sabine, a fashion house hiding dark secrets.

Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates said:

“THE  COLLECTION  is yet another example of a high profile drama series being filmed on location in Wales and can only serve to enhance and promote our growing reputation as a premier filming  location.

“These types of projects provide a huge boost to the industry, offering work and up-skilling opportunities for Welsh crew while creating a wider range of economic benefits for many small businesses working across a range of sectors.”

Cahal Bannon, Head of Production for production company Lookout Point said:

“THE COLLECTION recruited a highly experienced Welsh crew and construction team to recreate 1940s Paris in Swansea with amazing results.”

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