Making Waves

ITV (ended 2004)


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Welcome to the Making Waves guide at Making Waves was a major drama set in the vivid, exciting world of the modern Royal Navy. The six-part series was produced with the full co-operation of the Royal Navy, and was based at HM Naval Base in Portsmouth from the start of filming in 2003. The centrepiece of the drama was the fictitious HMS Suffolk, played by the Type 23 frigate HMS Grafton. The Grafton, commissioned in 1997, was made available by the Royal Navy for filming at sea and at Portsmouth, where it was part of the Portsmouth Flotilla. Cast and crew went to sea for filming, when the Grafton employed a reduced-size crew, to allow for the accommodation of actors and key production personnel. Members of the ship's company have not only been on hand to advise production crew and cast on naval procedure, but were seen in the background of many scenes when the Suffolk is at sea or alongside in Portsmouth. Six episodes were made, but the show was sensationally pulled from the schedules after ratings dropped from a disappointing 5.5m viewers for the opening episode to 3.7m for the third.moreless