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S4C unveils first look at new dark comedy drama Pren ar y Bryn

10 Nov 2023 3 minute read
Nia Roberts and Rhodri Meilir who star in Pren ar y Bryn (Credit: S4C)

S4C has released the first look at their hotly-anticipated new dark comedy drama, Pren ar y Bryn.

Written and created by Ed Thomas of Fiction Factory (Hinterland/Y Gwyll,) the show was premiered at Ystradgynlais miners’ welfare hall earlier this week.

The series was filmed at the top of the Swansea valley in and around Ystradgynlais and Abercrave, where the writer and director spent his formative years, and whose family ran a butcher shop for over a century.

“It’s a big little story about change where resilience and a healthy sense of the absurd are worth holding onto when the world all around you just stops making sense,” he said. “It’s a local story but I hope in its own way, it’s a story that audiences from anywhere can relate to.”

A press release for the TV series reads: ‘To many in the fading frontier town of Penwyllt, a way of life seems to be changing in front of their eyes and no one feels this more acutely than long married couple Margaret and Clive Lewis, who suddenly find themselves slap bang in the middle of a mystery that gets the whole town buzzing and looking over their shoulders. But thankfully this lot know how to find joy in the absurd and light in the darkest of places.

‘Pren ar y Bryn invites you to enter the colourful world of Penwyllt, a town inspired by the place where Ed Thomas grew up, infused by a delightful touch of the absurd.’

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The show features a stellar ensemble cast including Nia Roberts, Rhodri Meilir, Richard Harrington, Suzanne Packer and Hannah Daniel, and the story is described as ‘brimming with warmth, humour and lovable people along the way’.

Nia Roberts, who plays Margaret Lewis’ character in the series said: “There is a plot that will keep people on the edge of their seats, but it’s also a drama about middle-aged people – something that we don’t see enough. It’s quirky, and it’s going to make people cry, laugh…It’s unique!”

When asked to describe the series, actress Hannah Daniel who plays Sylvia simply said: “It’s Ystradgynlais on Acid.”

Pren Ar y Bryn/Tree on a Hill is a Fiction Factory co-production with S4C, BBC Wales and All3Media International with support from Tinopolis and Welsh Government via Creative Wales.

The English language version, Tree on a Hill, will air on the BBC in 2024.

Pren ar y Bryn
Sunday, 19 November, 9pm.
On demand: S4C Clic, BBC iPlayer 



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Richard Davies
Richard Davies
6 months ago

Looking forward to watching this when it’s broadcast. Seems to have a great cast.

CapM
CapM
6 months ago

“The English language version, Tree on a Hill, will air on the BBC in 2024.”

If the BBC can show series in languages such as Danish, Swedish, French, Spanish, Italian, even Icelandic (about 360000 speakers the vast majority living guess where and it’s not in England) there should be no problem broadcasting series in a British language. Ones in Welsh with English subtitles.

If a second version is unavoidable there’s really no excuse for not producing one that uses Welsh and English 50/50 rather than a almost exclusively English version.

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