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New legal crime drama series based in Newport commissioned

28 Apr 2024 4 minute read
Erin Richards & Tom Cullen

S4C has announced the commission of a brand-new series, Ar y Ffin / Mudtown which centres around life at Newport’s Magistrate’s Court.

The six-part series is a co-commission with UKTV and produced by Severn Screen and will air on S4C and on UKTV’s leading crime drama channel, Alibi.

The series will shoot back to back in both English and Welsh language.

This gripping new drama is written by exciting new writing duo Hannah Daniel (star ofKeeping Faith, Holby City) and Georgia Lee, who also works as a part-time magistrate. All3Media International will handle distribution of the series.

Erin Richards (Gotham, The Crown) is set to take the lead as Claire Lewis Jones, alongside Tom Cullen (The Gold, Becoming Elizabeth) as Saint Pete, Matthew Gravelle (Broadchurch, Steeltown Murders) as Alun Lewis Jones, Lauren Morais (The Red King) as Beca Lewis Jones, Lloyd Meredith (The Red King, Gran Turismo) as Sonny Higgins, Kimberly Nixon (The Salisbury Poisonings, Life and Death in the Warehouse) as Sara Humphries, Sion Pritchard (Pila Pala, The Indian Doctor) as Davey Johns and Ifan Huw Dafydd (The Light in the Hall, Mr Bates vs The Post Office) as Owen Williams.

Georgia Lee and Hannah Daniel said: “We are thrilled at the opportunity to represent the untold world of the magistrate’s court, shot through with an authentic South Walian spirit. We couldn’t be more excited about bringing the characters and this thrilling story to the screen with such strong partners.”

Premise

The series follows experienced Magistrate Claire Lewis Jones as she faces personal turmoil while presiding over cases at Newport Magistrates Court.

When Ned Humphries, a childhood friend of Beca, Claire’s daughter, faces arson charges, Claire’s loyalty to her community is put to the test. Matters are made worse when local criminal kingpin Saint Pete appears on the scene. Claire and Saint Pete go back a long way – will her past come back to threaten her present?

As she delves deeper into the case, and suspicions grow around her daughter’s new bad-boy boyfriend, Sonny Higgins, Claire uncovers a web of criminal activity that could put her and her family at risk.

As the truth emerges and consequences unfold, Claire must confront her own biases and decisions. The lines between right and wrong become blurred, as Claire’s maternal instincts clash with her commitment to uphold the truth.

The drama will first air in Welsh in late 2024 on S4C.

Human impact of crime

 Gwenllian Gravelle, Head of Scripted at S4C said: “S4C are delighted to be working with UKTV on this must-watch , fresh take on the procedural crime show genre.

“The brilliant team at Severn have not only created a drama that reflects the reality of a south Wales community,  the human impact of crime is put under the microscope with wit, grit and compassion.

“With a terrific cast playing compelling characters, I can’t wait for the audience to see this masterfully plotted and visually stunning drama.”

Helen Perry said: “It’s brilliant to be working with Severn Screen and partnering with S4C for the first time.

“I’m thrilled that we get to bring Hannah and Georgia’s razor-sharp scripts to life in a way that will make our audiences laugh, cry, gasp and stay on the edge of their seats.

“The characters are colourful, the crimes are complex, the twists are non-stop, and the whole show is shot through with wit. This series will give our Alibi audiences a very different type of legal drama and I can’t wait to introduce them to it.”

Emma Ayech added: “As we continue to expand Alibi’s roster of UKTV originals, we’re committed to delivering top-tier content to our audiences, and Ar y Ffin / Mudtown is no exception.

“This brand-new series brings a fresh lens on crime and the local legal profession, as well as some fantastic new characters to add to Alibi’s rich line up.

“Ar y Ffin / Mudtown is fast-paced, witty and gripping, and we are thrilled to bring this exciting new series to our viewers.”

Ed Talfan at Severn Screen said: “We’re thrilled to be working with UKTV and S4C on this exciting project. It’s a great script, a strong cast and a first-class creative team leading the production.

“We’re really looking forward to bringing these characters to life and for audiences across Wales, the UK and beyond to get to know them”.


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Neilyn
Neilyn
27 days ago

‘Back to back in both English and Welsh’ – AGAIN, but why? What’s wrong with a single bilingual series? ie. Welsh with English.

There are obviously commercial considerations but it still feels timid and almost apologetic to me.

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