REVIEW: 35 Awr (S1 E6/8)

During the previous five episode, this Welsh-language crime drama has proved itself to be a real twisty-turny affair, the lives of 12 jurors coming under intense scrutiny. It has been revealed that each one has been harbouring secrets galore, and the situation they’ve been thrust into has only amplified their idiosyncrasies, their fears and their hidden pasts.

But for some, they’ve actually engineered a spot on the jury so they can get to someone else.

In this sixth episode, things really stepped up a gear and things really started to happen. There was a lot going on.

Where to start? Our gaze was very much on the hotel tonight, the place starting to become a real purgatorial black hole of horror and encroaching awfulness. Steve was being his usual avenging angel self, and set up what looked like a confessional execution chamber for Haydn in the attic. At the end of the episode, Haydn’s life was in the balance – he really shouldn’t have admitted to Steve that he was drunk when he performed the operation on his mother. Elsewhere, before Steve got to Haydn, he had found an obstacle in the shape of Ree – she had been snooping around yet again, and found some incriminating papers in Steve’s room. Ree was being set-up as someone who had a specific, particular interest in Lynwen in previous episodes, but in this instalment, the whole group seemed to have piqued her interest. Her curiosity got her bound and gagged by Steve, her fate to be determined.

But there was more. Nadine was revealed to be a deeply troubled woman, who admitted to Carwyn that her husband had died in a fall off a mountain (“I think it was a fall,” she whispered somewhat ambiguously). She now carried some of her husband’s ashes in her wedding ring. But that wasn’t all – she told Carwyn that his fiancé Jo had died in a car crash, and that she went around meeting people whose significant other had died. She was some sort of grief vampire, feeding off people’s pain and sorrow. I wasn’t entirely sure what her game was with poor Carwyn – at the end of the episode, Jo turned up alive and well.

Other bits and pieces? Lynwen’s son was revealed to have been fathered by Haydn, and predatory Peredur admitted to Taz that he was a sex addict who was all over the place because his partner was a serial adulterer.

Phew. I told you there was a lot going on here.

But perhaps the two greatest revelations exploded away from the hotel. In flashback form, we saw Rachel (who I think is Kelvin and Leighton’s mother) kiss and cuddle Heulwen on the night of her death. She was going to reveal to her husband that she was in love with Heulwen, but events overtook her plans. Could one of the brothers have killed Heulwen because she was having an affair with their mother?


Or maybe not.

Stewart, the policeman overseeing the whole case and looking after the jurors, turned out to be a wrong ‘un. He had driven Merired to her family home so she could check on her daughter. During the drive, he had tried to convince her that Kelvin (and Leighton) had always been bad people and it was no surprise that they had done what they did. But don’t let me influence you, he said. Red flag! And then, while Merired was inside, he spoke to someone on the phone, telling them everything was going to plan and the jurors would find Kelvin guilty.

So now we had corruption, and it looked for all the world that Stewart was fitting up Kelvin.

Or not.

Emerging from the back seat was Leighton who began to strangle Stewart.

Honestly, you can’t keep your eyes of 35 Awr for a second. I have genuinely no idea where this is going.

Paul Hirons





7 Comments Add yours

  1. Grayson Hugh says:

    Well, being a first generation Welshman myself, I can only say Mae’n sioe dda, bachgen!


    1. Elizabeth Macpherson says:

      Would you please translate ? I’m too lazy to copy & paste into Google ha ha

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Grayson Hugh says:

        Yes Elizabeth – I said “It’s a good show, boyo!” Cheers!

        Liked by 1 person

    2. Tom says:

      It’s a good show, boy! Indeed.

      That scene in the car with Stewart and Leighton was brilliant. Perfectly executed, totally unexpected and genuinely frightening.

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Elizabeth Macpherson says:

    Thanks for the review Paul. I was under the impression that Nadine was only putting the ‘car death’ scenario to Carwyn (?) in order for him to realise his true feelings.

    Liked by 2 people

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