The dark crime drama Craith returns to S4C later this month.
“Nine months have gone by and Cadi’s father has died. She is grieving, and her way of grieving is to throw herself into her work which means that she’s not dealing with her grief at all. A lot has happened to Vaughan as well – he has become a father. So, the people we see again in the second series have been through life-changing experiences. In the midst of all this, the body of a man in his 60s has been discovered in his bath – the body has been there for a couple of weeks. Cadi and Vaughan must find out who is responsible. It becomes obvious quite quickly that more than one person is involved in the murder so – the hunt is on!” – Siân Reese-Williams
The murder of a former teacher brings DCI Cadi John (Siân Reese-Williams) and DS Owen Vaughan (Siôn Alun Davies) back to the bleak and remote mountains of Blaenau Ffestiniog and into a world of lies, neglect and revenge.
But it’s not the monster in the woods that’s the villain this time, but a group of young people who live as part of the community in Blaenau Ffestiniog – Mia Owen (Annes Elwy), Connor Pritchard (Steffan Cennydd) and Lee Williams (Siôn Eifion).
“I was very excited [to return to the drama] and the main reason for this was because it is so different. With the first series, I had already seen variations of this theme on television to an extent. Going down the road of having young people as the perpetrators was something completely different.” – Siân Reese-Williams
Unlike many crime dramas, Craith viewers get to know who the murderers are from the very beginning and follow their story and the development of their characters through the investigation.
At the same time, the series delves deeper into the lives of Cadi and Vaughan as they come to terms with huge changes in their lives – Cadi with the death of her father and Vaughan with the birth of his daughter. Craith was filmed side by side in Welsh and English – the programme is called Hidden in English on BBC Wales. Siân notes, ‘I had already done one series in this way, so I was quite familiar with this way of working. Obviously, the translation isn’t exactly the same, so it is difficult to learn two scripts in effect,’
“Cadi herself doesn’t feel different in the two languages – I understand her and know who she is. But there is a different vibe in the Welsh – it feels more authentic in a way. This is probably because in real life these characters are Welsh speakers and would be speaking Welsh to each other naturally, so perhaps it feels a little more realistic. I’m not saying one is better than the other – they are just different.” – Siân Reese-Williams
The new series of Craith was produced by Cardiff-based Severn Screen. The respected author Caryl Lewis returns to the drama that returns on Sunday, November 17th on S4C, and this time the terrible events that tear apart a close north Wales community are more shocking than ever. English subtitles are available.