BBC announces new Welsh crime drama for BBC Wales and S4C

Hinterland/Y Gwyll has been a huge success for S4C and BBC Wales, and has also garnered a huge following overseas. It’s fairly unique in the fact that it’s filmed back-to-back in the Welsh language and then the English language, which has always seemed to me to be a tremendous undertaking. There’s no word on whether…

Filming starts on BBC/S4C ‘domestic noir’ Keeping The Faith

Welsh-language channel, we already know, is the home of Hinterland (or Y Gwyll as its called in its original tongue). We also know that the channel has a working relationship with the BBC (Hinterland appears on both BBC Wales and BBC4 in different forms), and now the two channels have announced that they’re partnering on…

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/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/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…