Sneakily, Hinterland has become one of the most talked-about British crime dramas. The show, set in the Ceredigion region of west Wales, plays out first on the Welsh-language channel S4C, then in English on BBC4 and then on Netflix, where it reaches a wider, global audience. Judging by the amount of comments we’ve received from non-UK residents, Hinterland (or Y Gwyll in its native Welsh) is a big deal overseas. I anticipated the third series being broadcast in early 2017, but news reaches me today that we’ll see it earlier. A lot earlier than that.
A specially released scene from the first episode has been unveiled today by S4C; giving fans an exclusive first look at the drama.
In the tense scene, DCI Tom Mathias (played by Richard Harrington) is challenged by former colleague DS Sian Owens (Hannah Daniel) in a grilling interview to find out who torched his caravan in the dramatic climax of the second series.
DS Owens suspects Mathias is hiding something. Who is he protecting, and why? Mathias lost everything in the fire – his home, and all his possessions – who could be responsible for such a personal attack?
In this series, many of the mysteries that have intrigued the viewers will come to light, with some shocking revelations. A thrilling journey awaits the fans in this third series, says S4C Drama Commissioner, Gwawr Martha Lloyd.
Gwawr Martha Lloyd says; “The second series ended in a highly dramatic fashion, leaving the audience, like me, hungry for more stories, eager to know what’s happened to the characters and what the future holds for them. The third series reveals the truth about many of the characters, pushing them to their ultimate limit. Several dark secrets lurking since the first series will come to light, and viewers will finally find out the truth. As viewers, we’re sure to get excited, shocked and astonished during the third series.”
The most important thing to remember is that S4C is the first place to see the third series, and that it’s available across the UK. You can get on Freeview in Wales, on Sky, Freesat and Virgin in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. English subtitles are available and viewers can also watch online on demand across the UK on s4c.cymru, BBC iPlayer, YouView and other platforms.
Y Gwyll/Hinterland: Sunday 30th October, 9pm, S4C