Acorn TV picks up Craith for US broadcast

If you’ve been reading this site for long enough, you’ll know that we’re a big fan of Welsh crime drama, which has had a quiet explosion during the past five years and is now guaranteed to produce interesting, immersive and hard crime drama. One of the best things we’ve seen this year is S4C’s Craith…

BBC announces second series of Un Bore Mercher (Keeping Faith)

Un Bore Mercher (Keeping Faith) debuted on S4C last year but has since aired on BBC Wales as Keeping Faith and had broken all kinds of records. The eight-part series, starring Eve Myles, has broken a string of records over recent weeks, and now BBC Wales has announced that a script for a second series is…

Review: Craith (S1 E8/8), Sunday 25th February, S4C

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE Welsh crime drama Craith – only available on S4C at the moment (accessed for the likes of me in England via iPlayer) – has, in its seven previous episodes, proved itself to be one of the best of the year so far, telling the story of a dangerous manchild who kidnapped and murdered…

Review: Craith (S1 E7/8), Sunday 18th February, S4C

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE With only two episodes left, Craith needed to step up its leisurely pace in order to sort everything out. Not that there had been anything wrong with this leisurely pace – the eight-episode order had allowed the series to go deep into characterisation, giving its cast rounded personalities, proper social context and ample time…

Review: Craith (S1 E5&6/8), Sunday 4th/11th February, S4C

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE Sorry, sorry – it was a busy week last week and even though I’d watched episode five of Craith, I didn’t have time to write it up. So I thought I’d double up here and do a double-episode review. We were, of course, coming off the back of an episode – a…

Review: Craith (S1 E4/8), Sunday 28th January, S4C

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE The beauty of having an eight-part series as opposed to a four or six-parter is that you can take an extra bit of time to play with the narrative and episodic structure, spending more time on characters and threads. Not too much time, but just enough. Last week Craith did this to good…

Review: Craith (S1 E3/8), Sunday 21st January, S4C

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE The first 10 minutes of this third episode of Craith had nothing at all to do with the case at hand. There were no procedural elements, there was no interviewing of suspects and there was no driving to crime scenes through the glorious Snowdonian countryside. In fact, the first 10 minutes of…

BBC confirms transmission date for Requiem

We’re about to have two Wales-set series in our midst. Craith is going great guns over on S4C, but now BBC One joins the fun with the six-part Requiem, which looks for all the world like a crime/horror mash-up. And now we know when it’s going to start.

Review: Craith (S1 E2/8), Sunday 14th January, S4C

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE Last week’s opening episode of Craith – S4C’s latest Welsh-language drama – set the foundations for what hopefully will be an excellent series. Not only were we introduced to an ensemble of intriguing characters and a dark abduction and murder plot, but we were bathed in more achingly bleak and cinematic Welsh landscape,…

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Sian Reese-Williams, Craith

One episode in and S4C’s Craith looks set to be the next Welsh-language hit. Its star, Sian Reese-Williams, appeared in other S4C crime drama stalwarts Y Gwyll/Hinterland and 35 Diwrnod, but here she’s the driving force of the show, playing DI Cadi John. Craith has everything you expect from the burgeoning Welsh-language crime drama subgenre, and it…

Review: Craith (S1 E1/8), Sunday 7th January, S4C

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE There’s something about Welsh-language dramas. Hinterland/Y Gwyll was a big hit with readers of this site, placing as it did a nuggety procedural in the stunning landscapes of the Ceredigion region, featuring an almost forgotten people – rural, working-class folk whose beefs with one another have been going on for decades, hidden…

Five reasons to watch S4C’s Craith this weekend

Everyone loves a Welsh-language crime drama. Hinterland/Y Gwyll was S4C’s big breakout and for three series that became a real favourite of our readers. Now we have a new Welsh series that could follow in Hinterland/Y Gwyll’s footsteps: Craith. Here are five reasons you should watch.