REVIEW: Un Bore Mercher (S2 E3/8)

There was a moment in this third episode of the second series of Un Bore Mercher that made me want to stand up and break out into applause. It wasn’t a sensational plot twist, it wasn’t a line of dialogue and nor was it a lovingly photographed shot of the Welsh countryside. It was a…

REVIEW: Un Bore Mercher (S2 E2/8)

It’s always tricky for a series that enjoyed a successful first run to pick up the momentum and hit the ground running in its follow-up. That tricky second album syndrome. For writer and creator Matthew Hall, it’s a case of moving chess pieces around, giving the characters plausible and believable challenges to develop them; to…

REVIEW: Un Bore Mercher (S2 E1/8)

I have to admit something. Despite being thrilled by the surge in Cymru Noir, the first series of Un Bore Mercher slipped through the net when it aired first on S4C (look, we can’t watch everything, ok?).  When it went onto air on BBC One, it slipped through the net again. And, of course, it…

REVIEW: Enid a Lucy (S1 E1/4)

This one almost sneaked under the radar. After the success of 35 Awr (read our reviews here), S4C brings us Enid a Lucy – a four-part series that looked, on paper, like it might be a Welsh equivalent of Thelma and Louise. While it didn’t exactly pan out that way – although it might do…

BBC One Wales to broadcast S4C’s Bang

We’ve already had one very good Welsh-language crime drama this year – 35 Awr – and series two of Craith is on the way, but in the middle BBC One Wales has signed up another crime drama from Wales. Set in the steel town of Port Talbot and already broadcast on S4C, Bang is a…

Un Bore Mercher gets May transmission date on S4C

Welsh-language crime drama, Un Bore Mercher (Keeping Faith), became a huge success across the BBC network after it first aired on S4C in 2017. It aired on BBC One Wales in English, was retitled Keeping Faith and then broke records on the BBC’s iPlayer. It told the story of lawyer, wife and mother Faith Howells…

REVIEW: 35 Awr (S1 E7/8)

We’re almost at the end of this twisty-turny Welsh-language crime drama and, carrying on from the end of episode six, there was a real sense that secrets were beginning to tumble out and things beginning to be resolved. We last saw Leighton – brother of the accused, Kelvin – in the back of the car…

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…

REVIEW: 35 Awr (S1 E5/8)

Up until now, Welsh-language crime drama, 35 Awr, has been content to concentrate on the 12 jurors who have been tasked with trying to figure out who killed Heulwen. They’ve been manoeuvred expertly like chess pieces by writer Fflur Daffydd – they’ve been placed in confrontational situations and slowly but surely revealed secrets of their…

REVIEW: 35 Awr (E3&4/8)

It has been one of those weeks, so I’ve been a bit behind on 35 Awr, S4C’s latest Welsh-language crime drama. But I’m enjoying it and wanted to keep up with it – so far it has been an intriguing mix of a locked-room mystery and an external whodunit. The last time we saw our…

Report: Series two of Craith to begin production next month

We’ve been waiting for confirmation from S4C on whether there will be a series two of Craith (Hidden), the Welsh-language crime drama set in Snowdonia that proved to be a huge hit with readers of this site. From the makers of Y Gwyll (Hinterland), it featured Sian Reese-Williams as DI Cadi John, who, with DS Owen…

REVIEW: 35 Awr (E2/8)

Last week’s opening episode of Welsh crime drama 35 Awr was an intriguing first instalment, taking the traditional locked-room, jury thriller into new areas. In fact, by the end of it we were heading towards a single-location, almost Christie-esque thriller, with who-knows-what to come next. Leading up to that moment, we were introduced to the…