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…

REVIEW: 35 Awr (S1 E1/8)

Over the past decade, Welsh drama has enjoyed a real boom, especially on the BBC, where the corporation has invested heavily in facilities, hubs and budgets. A knock-on effect of this investment has been S4C’s commitment to drama and, specifically, crime drama. During the past five years, we’ve enjoyed a number of high-quality, Welsh-language crime…

Un Bore Mercher begins production on second series

A little while ago, we brought you the news that Welsh series Un Bore Mercher had been recommissioned for a second series. The first series was, of course, broadcast in Welsh as Un Bore Mercher, then in English in Wales on BBC One Wales, and Keeping Faith went on to break BBC iPlayer records. Now news reaches…

Keeping Faith to air on BBC One

If there was a record for the amount of UK-based channels one series has appeared on Keeping Faith (Un Bore Mercher) might just hold it. Or at least it will after this summer. After doing the rounds on the Welsh-language S4C and BBC One Wales, as well as scoring a hit on the BBC’s iPlayer, news…

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…