Y Gwyll / Hinterland inspires first ever Ulster-Scots crime drama
Cardi-noir police procedural series Y Gwyll / Hinterland, first broadcast in the Welsh language on S4C, has inspired the first-ever Ulster-Scots crime drama.
Screenwriter Ewen Glass, from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, has penned a script for a new crime series, Sang Toon, based in his home town of Ballymoney in the 1830s.
The script for the murder mystery has been picked up by BBC Northern Ireland and production is expected to get underway next year.
He told the Belfast Telegraph that Y Gwyll / Hinterland showed that people were now used to watching bilingual crime dramas and that said it would be interesting to make an Ulster-Scots series that celebrated the culture.
“What I was keen to do was make a prestigious Ulster-Scots drama, like the Welsh language crime drama Hinterland,” he said.
“If we want to represent that culture and language, we need to find a fresh take and engage with people who speak it and those who don’t even know they are speaking it.”
He added: “The Ulster-Scots language comes from my part of the world and there are brilliant opportunities to get work made in that register.
“There are enough people already who are too interested in the politics of it but this is more of a personal, cultural thing.”
He added that while one Ulster-Scots film, Stumpy’s Brae by Chris Baugh, did exist, this would be the first TV series.
Ewen Glass’s latest project, Little Kingdom, a wartime drama set in Slovakia, is now available to stream on Amazon Prime.