BBC Wales is to allow the public to visit the world of Pobol y Cwm during the week of National Eisteddfod Cardiff 2018.
“This is a rare opportunity for Pobol y Cwm fans to step inside the Deri, have a look around the shop, the cafe and the people’s houses. The studio is a stone’s throw away from the Eisteddfod in Cardiff Bay and we look forward to welcoming people across Wales – and from around the world – to Cwmderi. Remember to book your tickets now to secure your place.” – Series Producer Llyr Morus
Tickets have been released online giving people a special opportunity to visit Cwmderi, the fictional village filmed at BBC Studio Wales’ centre in Cardiff Bay. The series, which is the longest running beeb soap opera, airs on S4C. The Welsh language service in the country. As well as taking a peek inside the Deri, the village pub, and other iconic sets at the drama studios, the tours will visit the well-known main street, offering guests a behind-the-scenes look.
Pobol y Cwm – People of the Valley – was first broadcast in October 1974 and the studio is usually closed to the public, as the series is continually produced throughout the year.
Shelley Rees (Stacey) and Rhydian Bowen Phillips (Dewi) – two former actors from the soap opera – will return to Cwmderi to lead the tours and there will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions as they take in the sights around the studio.
The series has nurtured the talent of some of Wales’s biggest stars – including Hollywood actor Ioan Gruffydd, West End and television star, Iwan Rheon and film and television star, Alexandra Roach – who all honed their craft on Pobol y Cwm.
“We are delighted that Pobol y Cwm is opening its doors for the National Eisteddfod week – particularly as the festival is being held on its doorstep this year. It coincides with some very exciting storylines for a number of prominent characters in the soap and I’m sure that visitors will enjoy following in the footsteps of the characters and seeing the exact locations where the banter and bickering, and the laughter and tears take place.” – Gwawr Martha Lloyd, S4C Content Commissioner, Drama
Tickets are available online now and the tours will be held Saturday, August 4th and then daily, Monday to Friday, August 6th-10th.
Pobol Y Cwm Fact File
The very first episode aired on Wednesday 16th October 1974 at 7.10pm on BBC One Wales
The series was aired nightly for the first time in September 1988
In 2001 the series was aired continually for 52 weeks a year, for the first time
In November 1982 the soap moved from BBC One Wales to the new Welsh network S4C – which aired on the Channel 4 slot in Wales
The main street was filmed for the first time at the BBC’s Broadcasting House in Llandaff in 1996
The current set has been in Cardiff Bay since 2011
Trefelin was the original name discussed for the series
Pobol y Cwm’s opening line was: “Bore da, Maggie Mathias” by Harri Parri (Charles Williams)
The serial airs on S4C Monday – Friday with an omnibus edition every Sunday, with in-vision English subtitles
Nine tours will be available in August during the week of the National Eisteddfod and the tours will be bilingual