As regular readers of this blog will know, I’ve been trying to follow the second series of Hinterland/Y Gwyll over on S4C and have been enjoying it. It’s not easy sledding – the Welsh-language drama is full of dramatic scenery, tortured characters and rural communities that have been worn down by life, uneasy at the way modernity is edging out the old ways. So far, so good, then, but this week’s episode – where we saw the conclusion of a story that started last week – rose things to new levels, providing the best hour of crime drama I’ve seen in a while.
There’s something reassuring about seeing your favourite characters return every year, and no one does that apply to more than Kevin Whately, who has been involved with the Morse – what Americans would call – franchise for several decades. He’s back playing Lewis this week, and here’s Kevin talking about series nine in an interview we managed to get hold of.