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: 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…

Hinterland/Y Gwyll renewed for a third season

I’ve been enjoying the second series of Hinterland/Y Gwyll on S4C. It’s been rammed full of interesting stories featuring people who seemingly live in a bit of a time warp. When I interviewed showrunner Ed Thomas, he told me that he was hoping for some sort of Welsh Western feel, and that totally made sense…

Review: Hinterland/Y Gwyll (S2 E7/8), Sunday 25th October, S4C

This second series of Hinterland/Y Gwyll has been of the highest quality, but now it’s time for the final two-part story of the series. In the last episode we saw the re-emergence of Iwan Thomas, a character who first appeared in the final episodes of the last series. He has some serious beef with Prosser,…

Review: Hinterland/Y Gwyll (S2 E6/8), Sunday 18th October, S4C

Apologies for the lateness of this review – it has been a super-busy week and this is truly the first time I’ve been able to sit down, watch and review this episode of Hinterland/Y Gwyll. It was the second part of the story that started last week, which told how the discovery of a young…

Review: Hinterland/Y Gwyll (S2 E5/8), Sunday 11th October, S4C

After last week’s stunning two-part story I wondered where Hinterland/Y Gwyll would go. Where it could go. Those two episodes were of such a high standard (writing, acting, emotional clout) that it was difficult to how this series could be improved. It was no surprise, then, that this, the first of a new two-part story,…

Review: HInterland/Y Gwyll (S2 E4/8), Sunday 4th October, S4C

As regular readers of this blog will know, I’ve been trying to follow the second series of Hinterland/Y Gwyll over on S4C and have been enjoying it. It’s not easy sledding – the Welsh-language drama is full of dramatic scenery, tortured characters and rural communities that have been worn down by life, uneasy at the…

Review: Hinterland/Y Gwyll (S2 E3/8), Sunday 27th September, S4C

Apologies this is a day late – it’s been quite a weekend, a weekend spent mostly at the Radio Times Festival. So this is the first time I’ve had a chance to sit down and savour the third episode of this second series of Hinterland/Y Gwyll. And savour is the right word because it’s slow-moving,…

Review: Hinterland/Y Gwyll (S2 E2/8), Sunday 20th September, S4C

It’s genuinely great to have this series back again. After a promising first run, it really feels like the characters are hitting their strides and the stories – stories of people struggling to make ends meet in the ultra-rural Ceredigion region in Wales – are being told with increasing assuredness. Last week we immersed ourselves in…

Review: Hinterland/Y Gwyll (S2 E1/8), Sunday 12th September, S4C

I’ve said it before but Hinterland’s (or Y Gwyll’s) relentless gloom, tortured lead character and stark but beautiful landscapes make it the closest thing to a Scandinavian crime drama these isles have ever produced. No wonder they love it in Denmark. At the end of the New Year’s Day special significant character development had occurred….

Season two of Hinterland starts on Sunday – will you be watching?

The second series of the Welsh crime drama Hinterland (or Y Gwyll to give it its proper name), starring Richard Harrington as DCI Tom Mathias, will be premiered on Welsh channel S4C this Sunday (Sunday 13th September). It’s one of the best British crime dramas out there. There isn’t anything new or revolutionary about it, but it’s a…