Tales from Pleasure Beach

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Tales from Pleasure Beach
Genre Drama
Written by Roger Williams
Directed by Edmund Coulthard
Composer(s) The Fratelli Brothers
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 3
Executive producer(s) Maggie Russell
Producer(s) Madonna Baptiste
Location(s) Aberavon, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom
Running time 40 minutes
Production company(s) Blast! Films
Original network BBC Two
Picture format 16:9 576i
Audio format Stereo
Original release 2 August (2001-08-02) – 16 August 2001 (2001-08-16)

Tales from Pleasure Beach is a British television drama series first broadcast on BBC Two between 2 and 16 August 2001. Written by Welsh playwright Roger Williams, the three episodes each feature a self-contained story against the backdrop of a seaside amusement park.

The series received a BAFTA Awards nomination for Best Drama Series, but was beaten to the award by Cold Feet.

Filmed at Coney Beach Amusement Park in Porthcawl, South Wales, and Aberavon, Port Talbot, the series included performances from Ruth Jones, Rachel Isaac, Eve Myles and Siwan Morris.


No. Title Original air date Viewers
1 "Laid" 2 August 2001 (2001-08-02) 2.45 million[1]
Featuring Joanna Griffiths, Mark Letheren and Brian Hibbard.
2 "Lush" 9 August 2001 (2001-08-09) 1.94 million[1]
Featuring Eve Myles, Siwan Morris and Richard Lynch.
3 "Faithless" 16 August 2001 (2001-08-16) N/A
Featuring Mark Lewis Jones, Ruth Jones and Steffan Rhodri.


Esther Addley, reviewing the second episode for The Guardian, said Tales from Pleasure Beach was "nicely shot, well acted and refreshingly frank in its portrayal of alcopop-swilling sexual manners", however she found it "rattling through a series of stock tableaux that juddered perceptively under the weight of their agony aunt morality".[2]


  1. ^ a b "Weekly Top 30". BARB. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Addley, Esther (10 August 2001). "TV Review: Beached Wales". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 

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