Dal y Mellt starts on S4C: Five things to know

There’s a new Welsh-language crime drama starting on S4C tonight (Sunday 2nd October), called Dal y Mellt. Demonstrating the breadth of material coming out of Wales in the crime drama genre, it’s something a bit different. So what’s it all about? It’s been adapted from a novel Dal y Mellt is an adaptation of the novel…

REVIEW Y Golau (S1 E6/6)

S4C’s latest Welsh-language crime drama, Y Golau, has been – so far – an excellent watch, full of subtleties, an intriguing plot and a compelling whodunit. As ever with these things, the final episode of any crime series is important – for the characters to get closure (and boy, do Sharon and Joe and everyone…

REVIEW Y Golau (S1 E5/6)

After episode four’s escalation in drama – specifically, some key reveals right at the end of the instalment – I couldn’t wait to tuck into the penultimate episode to see where this story went next. And yes, there was plenty of fall-out and a continuation of the story. But it went about it all in…

REVIEW Y Golau (S1 E3&4/6)

During episode three of this intriguing, excellent and very human crime drama, there was a moment that really encapsulated what this show is all about – the details in grief. During an argument with Gafyn, he turned off Sharon’s hallway light. Sharon went berserk and told her ex that she had not turned off that…

REVIEW Y Golau (S1 E2/6)

The opening episode of Y Golau (The Light), the latest Welsh-language cab off the S4C rank was an intriguing, beautifully-played drama about a woman still struggling to come to terms with the murder of her daughter Ela 18 years before. Her grief was not only poignantly portrayed but also amplified thanks to the return of…

REVIEW Y Golau (S1 E1/6)

As regular readers of this website will know, I’m a big fan of S4C’s Welsh-language dramas. Over the years, we’ve had the likes of Y Gwyll/Hinterland, Craith/Hidden, Yr Amgeuddfa/The Museum… the list goes on. So far, the channel’s output has fallen into two camps – the slow, thoughtful procedurals of Y Gwyll and Craith (heavy…

Yr Amgueddfa begins filming season 2

S4C series Yr Amgueddfa (The Museum) is getting a second series. And, furthermore, creator Fflur Dafydd has revealed that it has already started filming. Dafydd tweeted out an image showing a clipboard with the first scene scrawled on it yesterday. Actress Siân Parry-Williams replied to the tweet, intimating that she is taking part in series two. In…

REVIEW Craith (S3 E6/6)

How often have we all looked forward to a series finale only to be let down by huge, gaping plot holes, unexplained moments, tepid endings or a set-up for further series? The good news is that Craith provided none of these letdowns. And thank goodness – lest we forget, this was not only the series…

REVIEW Craith (S3 E3/6)

I’m a bit behind with Craith, one of my favourite series, so I’m excited to dig back in. And I’m glad I did, because this episode was just terrific in terms of its almost beautiful melancholy and emotion, its gently developing plot and characters, and its captivating and engrossing atmosphere. When I say beautiful, I…

REVIEW Craith (S3 E2/6)

Last week’s series opener compellingly laid the platform for the third and final series of Craith, and offered up an intriguing murder mystery as only Craith could – present a number of suspects in bleak and beautiful landscapes, each of them living hard, unforgiving lives. As we all know by now, Craith is more of…

REVIEW Craith (S3 E1/6)

One of my personal favourite crime dramas is Craith (or Hidden as its known in the English language), and it’s not just me – it has developed a real cult following during its run, first in Welsh on S4C and then in English on BBC Four. Its return is bittersweet. Yes, we get new Craith,…