BBC Wales are celebrating their production centre being home to three major dramas set in the country – Ordinary Lies, The Green Hollow and Hinterland – to be shown across BBC One and BBC Four.
Production takes place on The Green Hollow
“It’s so important that BBC network drama explores Welsh life in all its diversity, and BBC Wales and our network colleagues are working together to realise this ambition. These four very special shows provide a glimpse into very different Welsh experiences – from the lives and passions of a Newport workforce to the brooding landscapes of west Wales. They showcase the brilliant production and acting talent Wales has to offer, and underline the BBC’s commitment to improve the portrayal of Wales on the BBC’s networks.” – Director of BBC Wales, Rhodri Talfan Davies
Danny Brocklehurst’s second series of Ordinary Lies returns to BBC One on Tuesday 18th October. Filmed on location in Newport, the drama is based at a sport sales company. The cast features Welsh comedian and TV presenter Griff Rhys Jones and Pontypridd-born actress Kimberley Nixon. Following the lives of an ordinary group of colleagues and friends, their seemingly small lies spiral out of control. The series is produced by independent producer RED.
Marking the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, The Green Hollow, written by poet, novelist and playwright Owen Sheers, will be broadcast on Friday 21st October on both BBC One Wales and BBC Four at 9pm. The film, produced by BBC Studios Wales, draws together some of Wales’ finest acting talent including Michael Sheen, Jonathan Pryce, Sian Philips, Eve Myles, and Iwan Rheon to present Owen’s extraordinary and moving poem.
Ordinary Lies, Series Two
Now in its third series, Hinterland will be shown on BBC One Wales and BBC Four in the New Year. Co-commissioned with S4C and produced by Fiction Factory, the new series has been shot on location across Ceredigion. Alongside Richard Harrington and Mali Harries, the series will feature guest actors Owen Arwyn, Gwyneth Keyworth, Jacob Ifan, Lisa Palfrey, Julian Lewis Jones and Will Thomas. The new series sees Mathias thrown back into an old case that has intrigued him since his early days working in Aberystwyth – a case that threatens to drive an irreconcilable rift through the team.
Locations across south Wales will also feature prominently in the new Doctor Who spin-off and Young Adult drama Class, which will be available on BBC Three from October 22nd. Written by Patrick Ness, the new series was filmed at the BBC’s Roath Lock studios and Pinewood Wales, and at multiple locations across south Wales – including Aberavon beach, Margam Country Park, Brecon Beacons National Park and at Redcliffe Caves.
These new drama series are the latest chapter in the remarkable development of BBC network drama production in Wales since the launch of Doctor Who in 2005. Already this year, viewers have been able to enjoy the return of Sherlock in the The Abominable Bride and four major BBC Studios Wales network productions – Andrew Davies’ epic adaptation of War and Peace, Russell T Davies’ adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the supernatural thriller The Living and the Dead, as well as the feature-length episode of BBC One’s popular hospital drama Casualty to mark its 30th anniversary.
BBC Wales’ Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff Bay – which opened five years ago – is now established as the BBC’s biggest drama production centre anywhere in the UK, and is home to Casualty, Doctor Who, Pobol y Cwm, as well as the forthcoming series, Class.