REVIEW Yr Amgueddfa (S3 E3/6)

At the beginning of the middle episode of this series I began screaming at the television. By the end of it by I was saying “wow”, utterly breathless.

After three episodes Yr Amgueddfa really did catch fire and suddenly became a must-watch, addictive affair where you couldn’t wait to see what happens next. And it was all thanks to writer Fflur Dafydd’s ingenious, mid-episode interlude. These interludes have taken place throughout the series and have provided a really interesting device from which to see the story from a totally different point of view.

To begin with we saw Della, all giddy and throwing caution to the wind, visiting Caleb at his house early in the morning for a bit of pre-work rumpy-pumpy. She was taking some serious risks now, completely blinded and utterly in the moment. He relationship with poor, hapless Alun had almost reached the point of no return (in a meeting she had found out about his failure to secure promotion). Pity had turned to disdain.

And yet… as Della was leaving Caleb’s house after breakfast she was photographed by a mystery snapper. Furthermore, while she was there her son Daniel turned up demanding to know why Caleb hadn’t texted him. So Caleb ended up sleeping with Daniel while Della sneaked out of the house.

Let that just sink in: CALEB SHAGGED DANIEL AFTER HE SHAGGED DANIEL’S MUM DELLA, WHO WAS IN THE SAME HOUSE WHILE CALEB WAS SHAGGING HER SON.

It was a crime drama equivalent of a farce, but somehow it worked.

All this was happening as I was screaming at the screen: “What are you doing Della??” “Why aren’t you asking why Caleb, for someone so young, lives in such a big house all on his own??” “Why aren’t you asking about his family??” “WHY DIDN’T YOU RUN A MILE WHEN YOU SAW THE DOLL’S HOUSE???!”

Also: “WHAT ARE YOU DOING DELLA??”

(To be fair she did ask these questions before the episode was out.)

And then we had The Interlude.

While Della was upstairs showering, we saw Caleb recieve a password via text from a mystery person. We saw him access her laptop and take photos of sensitive documents of a specific exhibition. We saw him receive a photo of a mystery man that had been placed underneath his front door.

We also saw him refuse to meet the family of his victim – Ralph Lloyd – after his probabtion officer Kay suggested a session of restorative justice. The information coming tick and fast now. We saw, in flashback, how Caleb had seemingly murdered Lloyd on the street after an altercation. We saw Caleb’s family trapped in a sinking car.

Could Lloyd have been responsible for Caleb’s family’s death, and he took revenge?

Suddenly I couldn’t catch my breath and I wanted more.

The final act – back in the present day now – saw Caleb become a volunteer for a new space-themed exhibition at the museum. He sneaked into Della’s office and downloaded some information from her hard drive. It was a fancy-dress event so we saw a tall figure dressed in a Scream-style outfit follow up to the office and watch him do it. After he or she moved on, Della’s assistant Elfryn caught him downloading the info. But, instead of reprimanding him he let him do what he needed to do and let him off Scott free.

First wow.

Second wow? The person in the Scream-style outfit who also saw Caleb was Della’s other assistant, Sadie. And Sadie was somehow related to Ralph Lloyd.

It was clever, breathless stuff, with twists and turns you just didn’t see coming.

And I haven’t even mentioned the strange letter Daniel found at his gran’s house or the gently evolving storyline between Marged and Lisa.

As I said earlier, this was a terrific episode and now I want more.

Paul Hirons

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

READ MORE: OUR EPISODE ONE REVIEW

READ MORE: OUR EPISODE TWO REVIEW

Yr Amgueddfa is on S4C, S4C Clic and BBC’s iPlayer in the UK

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