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Back in May 2021 we were approached by James Hale of Lazerbeam Productions. Lazerbeam is a TV, radio and music production company based in Cardiff. They make “distinctive factual, history and music-based documentaries”.

James set up Lazerbeam Productions in 2015 and has developed, produced and directed Roots Reggae Rebellion (BBC Four), Hidden Cardiff (BBC One Wales & BBC Two) and directed Hits, Hype and Hustle (BBC Four). He has produced and directed two series of Lazerbeam production Hidden Wales with Will Millard for BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC Wales.

Forming part of a one hour documentary the Navigation Project was involved in the making of the film finally aired on St.Davids Day, 1st March 2022 on BBC One Wales and BBC Four.

It was entitled "Hidden Wales : Last Chance to Save" and the Navigation clip is shown below
Mr Jim Leadbeater, an ex-miner who was employed at the Navigation appears in the film. If readers have seen or read a copy of our booklet “Crumlin Stories”, Jim featured in one of the articles in our booklet “Crumlin Stories”, a few  copies of which are still available to purchase follow this link.

The Trust Chairperson, Mrs Vera Jenkins was also interviewed and appears in the film.
Viewers of Welsh TV will already be familiar with the presenter, Will Millard. He presented the documentary and he has a passion for historical sites particularly in Wales. Will has presented documentaries on  the tribes of Papua New Guinea, Hidden Wales and Hidden Cardiff and also on the River Wye to name a few.

For further information regarding either Lazerbeam Productions or Will Millard go to their websites using the links below:

Lazerbeam:             Will Millard:


                          James Hale                        Will Millard                      The Cameraman           Jim Leadbeater and Will          
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