I’ve been enjoying the second series of Hinterland/Y Gwyll on S4C. It’s been rammed full of interesting stories featuring people who seemingly live in a bit of a time warp. When I interviewed showrunner Ed Thomas, he told me that he was hoping for some sort of Welsh Western feel, and that totally made sense – there’s an epic feel to the shots and craggy locations and people play out their feuds in front of tormented cop Tom Matthias and his excellent partner Mared Rhys. There’s good news today – the channel’s Welsh home, S4C, has announced that it’s to be renewed for a third series.
Lest we forget, the show boasts an extraordinary production – it’s made back-to-back in both Welsh and English languages. It’s first broadcast in Welsh on S4C with a bilingual version aired on BBC One Wales. And then it’s broadcast on BBC4 in English.
It’s pretty remarkable.
Here’s what S4C had to say about the announcement:
Financed by broadcast partners S4C and BBC Wales, together with all3media International, Tinopolis, the S4C Co-Production Fund and Welsh Business Finance, it is produced by award-winning production company Fiction Factory. Series 3 will be produced by the show’s co-creators Ed Talfan and Ed Thomas.
The announcement about Series 3 is made as Series 2 comes to a gripping end on S4C. Series 2 is set to be broadcast on BBC One Wales in the new year.
Among the big names confirmed for the third series of the ground-breaking crime drama is Richard Harrington as the enigmatic, intense but brilliant detective DCI Tom Mathias.
The stellar cast of the multi award-winning series will again feature Mali Harries as DI Mared Rhys and Aneirin Hughes as Chief Inspector Brian Prosser.
Ed Thomas said: “We are delighted to be starting work on Series 3, and are hugely grateful to our partners at S4C, BBC Wales and all3media International for their continuing support. The success of the show is testament to the hard work of our wonderful cast and crew and we look forward to teaming up with them again for Series 3.”
It’s also worth noting that outside the UK, it’s available on Netflix.
For all our Hinterland/Y Gwyll news and reviews, go here
For our interview with Ed Thomas, go here