The first original TV drama of 2020 to emerge from Wales is a short one-off piece called Handstand. It may be quirky and slightly clichéd on the surface, but there is a dark underbelly that gradually reveals itself over the course of half an hour. Director Peter Watkins-Hughes has chosen to shine a spotlight on … More Handstand – BBC Wales
When one looks back over 2018, Keeping Faith is sure to come out on top in the world of Welsh television drama. It has been a huge success. Its latest stop on its incredible journey is primetime BBC One. It goes from strength to strength, and will certainly deserve all the accolades that come its … More Hidden – A Dark Welsh Crime Drama
14th March 2018. The first day of a new look BBC Radio 2. Clearly, it’s going to take some time for Jo Whiley and Simon Mayo to bed in. But the new host of The Blues Show, Cerys Matthews, seemed to have a much smoother introduction. Yes, there were a couple of nervy moments – … More The Blues Show – A New Era Begins
Having just watched the final episode of Keeping Faith on BBC Wales, I’m asking myself: Is this a golden age for Welsh television drama? Hinterland was critically-acclaimed. Bang featured in the national press. Gwaith/Cartref continues to be a marker for quality Welsh-language drama. Parch has just entered its third series. And Craith will be broadcast … More Keeping Faith – Part of a Golden Age for Welsh TV Drama?
It seems that most new sitcoms should be given time to grow. Look back at early episodes of Blackadder and Dad’s Army for instance, and they don’t really compare to later series. Sometimes, it takes a while for the cast to gel, the writers to really know their characters, and the public to really take … More Hold the Sunset – Raising a Smile, but not a Laugh
Father Michael Kerrigan is the latest name to add to the growing pantheon of priests appearing on our television screens in recent years. Following in the footsteps of Tom Hollander (Rev), James Norton (Grantchester) and Mark Williams (Father Brown) is another acting heavyweight, Sean Bean. Bean takes the lead role in writer Jimmy McGovern’s latest … More Broken – BBC Series Review
I hoped that it would not happen. But sadly, I was struck down with “Moffat frustration” during last night’s series finale of Sherlock. Unfortunately, I started to suffer very early on. As soon as the clown popped its head out, I knew that it was to a symbol for the farce that was to follow. … More Sherlock – The Problem with The Final Problem