Hinterland director: Welsh drama should be bilingual

We do like a bit of Hinterland on this site, but getting it on-screen is a tricky-old business. In fact, it’s an incredible process – Welsh-language versions are produced for S4C, and then it’s re-filmed for English-language markets, like the BBC and Netflix. It sounds like a big-old faff, but seems to make commercial sense, although…

Review: Y Gwyll (S3 E8/8), Sunday 18th December, S4C

Over the course of the past series and a bit, ever since Iwan Thomas re-emerged, we knew that the end to the Devil’s Bridge children’s home story would be coming. Even though this series has seen Mathias and Rhys investigate a new batch of crimes, the Devil’s Bridge thread had been bubbling away in the…

Review: Y Gwyll/Hinterland (S3 E7/8), Sunday 11th December, S4C

Throughout this whole series, the spectres of Robert Owen, Brian Prosser, Iwan Thomas and the Devil’s Bridge children’s home have loomed large over proceedings. Ever since Thomas showed up at the end of series three, we’ve known that event at the Devil’s Bridge had been left unresolved. Now, in the final two episodes of this…

Review: Y Gwyll (S3 E6/8), Sunday 4th December, S4C

Last week in Y Gwyll (Hinterland) we saw a change in structure and pace, and I felt it did the series good. We’ve been used to Mathias and Rhys trudging across the crags of Ceredigion, meeting the stoic, worn-down folk of the fatigued and wearied rural community. But last week, the latest case introduced us…

Review: Y Gwyll/Hinterland (S3 E5/8), Sunday 27th November, S4C

We’re progressing nicely in this third series of Y Gwyll, with some neat character progression and plenty of intrigue. However, if there’s a criticism of Y Gwyll it’s that each case Mathias and Rhys investigate follows a pretty standard routine: the duo gets a call, they go out, they investigate the scene (which usually means…

Review: Y Gwyll/Hinterland (S3 E4/8), Sunday 20th November, S4C

  It’s very difficult to know how deeply to go into the plotline of Y Gwyll, if only because there are so many ways and places to watch it. I’m reviewing it after watching it on S4C – the show’s Welsh-language home – because it only seems and feels right. But other will watch it…

Review: Y Gwyll/Hinterland (S3 E2/8), Sunday 6th November, S4C

Last week saw the return of S4C’s Y Gwyll (Hinterland) for a third series, and straight away it settled into a familiar groove: a grim tale of a harsh wind-swept world, people worn down by decades of feuds and battles, and secrets bubbling to the surface when they can’t be kept at bay any longer….

Review: Y Gwyll/Hinterland (S3 E1/8), Sunday 30th October, S4C

While BBC4 massages us with bright, sun-lit crime dramas from Australia on a Saturday night (which feels a bit wrong as we descend into winter if I’m being honest), S4C is back with another series of Y Gwyll (Hinterland), which has gained strong critical acclaim (not least from this site) for its fantastically dark, cinematic…

S4C confirms broadcast date for season three of Hinterland

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…

Hinterland secures free-to-air access in the US

The past few weeks has seen a resurgence in the popularity and topicality of Hinterland (Y Gwyll) – series two has recently finished on BBC4 and global viewers have, if our comments section is anything to go by, been engrossed in the saga thanks to its appearance on Netflix outside of the UK. So this…

BBC announces Hinterland transmission date

I’ve been away for a few days, so I’m just catching up with the news and one significant piece is that one of this site’s favourite shows – Welsh drama, Hinterland – will finally be returning to BBC4 in a few weeks’ time. We’ve had our spate of Scandinavian and Nordic dramas, for now, so…

Review: Hinterland/Y Gwyll (S2 E8/8), Sunday 31st October, S4C

Apologies for the late review of this, but it has been another busy week. There has been another reason for this lack of punctuality – I needed to digest this final episode of the series throughout the week, and watch it again. Why? Because things started to get a bit incomprehensible towards the dénouement. In…