Bar mystery solved by detective work
WHY has legendary Wind Street drinking haunt the No Sign Bar transformed into an Italian restaurant called Angelo's?
Don't worry, one of the Post's finest news hounds has unearthed the mystery.
Filming is taking place for Sherlock, a new — yes, you've guessed it — modern version of the great Sherlock Holmes mysteries.
The production company involved, Hartswood Films, is spending two days filming scenes for a pilot for BBC Wales at the historic Swansea venue.
Production designer Arwel Jones explained why they'd chosen No Sign Bar.
"We needed somewhere that would feel like a traditional Italian restaurant, which was close to an alley," he said.
"Plus it's a beautiful building inside."
The first reference to the bar is as a licensed custom house in a document from 1690.
The lorry loads of production equipment and new Angelo's sign caused a bit of a stir on Wind Street yesterday afternoon.
Mr Jones and his crew will also film scenes in Merthyr Tydfil, Cardiff and London.
The BBC announced the one-hour pilot, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular super-sleuth and Martin Freeman as his loyal friend Doctor Watson just before Christmas.
It's been written by Steven Moffat and fellow Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss, who was one of the creators of iconic TV comedy The League of Gentlemen.
Mr Moffat said: "Everything that matters about Holmes and Watson is the same. Conan Doyle's original stories were never about frock coats and gas light; they're about brilliant detection, dreadful villains and blood-curdling crimes — and frankly, the hell with the crinoline.
"Other detectives have cases, Sherlock Holmes has adventures and that's what matters."
Would a modern-day Sherlock Holmes smoke a pipe?
You'll have to wait and see, said Mr Jones.