Caerdydd

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Caerdydd
Caerdydd logo.jpg
Caerdydd logo
Format Drama
Created by Fiction Factory
Country of origin Wales
No. of seasons 4
Production
Producer(s) Fizzy Oppè, Catrin Rees, Ed Thomas
Running time 47 minutes (III)
Broadcast
Original channel S4C
Original run 2006 – 2009
External links
Website

Caerdydd is a Welsh language television programme set in Cardiff made by Fiction Factory[1] for Welsh public service television station S4C. The series is a "a stylish, new drama about modern, urban Welsh- speakers living in a bilingual city"[2] following "a group of modern urban twenty- and thirtysomethings"[2] with "their complex friendships and relationships [set] against a backdrop of relentless socialising".[2] First commissioned by S4C's drama editor Angharad Jones in 2005,[3] as part of a drive by S4C to reach a younger audience,[4][5] the third series of Caerdydd started its run on S4C on 30 March 2008. A fourth series was commissioned[6] and went into production in Spring 2008.[7] It started broadcasting on 14 June 2009.[8]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Caerdydd (2nd series) has received three nominations for the 2008 Bafta Cymru awards: Best Screenwriter for Ed Talfan, Best Design for Hayden Pearce and Best Director of Photography (Drama) for Richard Wyn.[9][10] The second series was also nominated at the Celtic Media Festival 2008 for best drama series.[11]

The third series has been nominated for Best Drama Series at the 2009 Bafta Cymru awards; Roger Wiliams as Best Screenwriter, and Ryland Teifi as Best Actor.[12]

Criticism[edit]

Criticism of the series focuses mainly on three topics:

  • the series was originally set in Dublin and only transferred to Cardiff when commissioned by S4C.[citation needed]
  • the large amount of English spoken, not just as some of the characters are non-Welsh speakers, but also English words in Welsh dialogue.[5]
  • explicit sex scenes of both a heterosexual and homosexual nature.[5]

"Sex In The Assembly" controversy[edit]

A row started after the broadcast of episode three in series III as it emerged that a sex scene was actually filmed on location in a toilet room of the Senedd, the Welsh National Assembly building, and not in a television studio.[13][14][15] Officials of the National Assembly for Wales Commission who approved the filming for the Neuadd area, the corridors of the building and for one scene in the baby-changing room, were not made aware of the nature of the scene.[13][16] The scene itself, filmed on 14 March 2008,[13] involves Lea Kennedy (played by Alys Thomas) who is working for an unnamed party group and her much older boyfriend Stephen James (Dewi Rhys Williams) having sexual intercourse.[17] As a result, S4C announced that it was investigating the matter and had contacted producers.[13][18] One AM, William Graham (Conservative) called for scripts to be vetted more closely in future.[13][19]

S4C's investigation came to this conclusion: S4C has looked into the circumstances surrounding the filming of drama series Caerdydd at the Senedd and is satisfied that the production company followed the correct procedures. We are confident that Senedd personnel who dealt with this issue were not misled.[19]

The National Assembly's investigation came to this conclusion: The National Assembly has carried out a full internal review of the circumstances of the filming of Caerdydd. We can confirm that at no stage of the negotiations about the use of the building for filming, or during the filming itself, was the content of the scene disclosed by the programme makers. Despite this setback, the Assembly is committed to being open and accessible to all, including programme makers, and we sincerely hope that this does not prevent us from working with responsible companies in future.[19]

Characters and cast[edit]

  • Peter Marshall (Ryland Teifi)
  • Emyr Tomos (Lee Haven-Jones)
  • Osian James (Gareth Pierce)
  • Lea Kennedy (Alys Thomas)
  • Stephen James (Dewi Rhys Williams)
  • Elen Aaron (Rhian Green)
  • Mike Powell (Julian Lewis Jones)
  • Kate Marshall Ford (Mali Harries)
  • Non Ellis Jones (Sue Roderick)[20] III/2-8,10
  • Natasha Jenkins (Ffion Williams) III/2-10, IV, V
  • Jamie Roberts (Gareth Milton) IV-V (Dyfan Dwyfor) III/4-10
  • Danny Ford (Huw Rhys) I, II
  • Gareth Pritchard (Matthew Gravelle)
  • Ceri Price (Siwan Morris) I, II, III/5-7,9,10
  • Paul (Richard Shackley)
  • Siân Edwards (Iola Hughes)
  • Lleucu (Tara Bethan) II, III/1-3
  • Damian Charles (Daniel Hope) I, II, III/1-3
  • Mike Thomas (Jâms Thomas) III/2,3,6-9
  • Yr Arglwydd (Lord) Delme Richards (Ian Saynor) III/2-4,7,9,10
  • Ben (Jonathan Floyd) III/2-5
  • Mared (Rhian Jones) III/3,4,6,7,9
  • Rhys Johnstone (Rhodri Meilir) I, II
  • Philip (Glyn Morgan) III/4,8,9
  • Jane (Sharon Roberts) III/8,9
  • Kylie Byrne (Jennie Lucey) III/6,10
  • Rhodri (Cellan Wyn Evans) III/9,10
  • Sara Harris [Lauren Phillips] IV-V

Further cast: Catherine Ayers (Nia, I), Nathan Sussex, Sousila Pilay (II), Lillie Downie (Baby Ela Ford, III/4,6-10), Amelia Wyatt (Baby Ela Ford, III/3,4), Nick Ross (Gwilym, III/3), Lisa Zamira (III/3), Lee Bane (III/3), John Schumacher (III/3), Tomos James (III/3), Tyron Lopez (III/4), Gemma Prosser (III/4), Hazel Condon (III/4), Bethan Cecil (III/7), Charlote Grey (III/8), Poonah Najimohammadi (III/9), Rob Kendrick (actor) (III/9), Martin Glyn Murray (III/9), Elen Florence (I), Charmaine Hibberd (III/10), Kathryn Dimery (III/10), Megan Browne (Ela Ford)

Production[edit]

  • The series is produced for S4C by Fiction Factory, a division of Tinopolis.[1]
  • Directors: Ed Thomas (I, II, III/1-5), Dave "D.J." Evans (II, III/6-10), Ed Talfan (I, II)[1]
  • Writers: Tim Price,[21][22] Ian Staples (var. II, III/2,9), Anwen Huws (III/3,7), Roger Williams (III/4,6,8,10), Catrin Clarke (III/5,6)
  • Producers: Fizzy Oppè, Catrin Rees, Ed Thomas (III)
  • Line producer: Maurice Hunter (III)
  • Series 1 was filmed in the main from January to April 2005. Directors: Ed Thomas, Ed Talfan
  • Series 2 was filmed in the main from February to July 2006. Directors: Ed Thomas, Ed Talfan, Dave Evans.
  • Series 3 was filmed in the main from January to June 2007. Directors: Ed Thomas, Dave Evans
  • Series 2 and 3 were produced in HD format.[23]
  • Series 4 has been commissioned[6] and is currently in production.[7]
  • Episodes are available (with on-screen English subtitles) on S4C's website for streaming for 35 days after initial broadcast. The first series went online each Saturday following the initial TV broadcast, without any restrictions to availability.[24]
  • All episodes are fully subtitled, in Welsh and English. The Welsh subtitles are available for download.[25]
  • All episodes in series 3 feature audio description.[26][27]

Broadcasts[edit]

Series 1[edit]

Ep. Broadcasts on S4C[28] Watch Viewers[29]
First Repeats
1 11 January 2006 13 January 2006 yes  
2 18 January 2006 20 January 2006 yes  
3 25 January 2006 27 January 2006 yes  
4 3 February 2006 5 February 2006 yes  
5 10 February 2006 12 February 2006 yes  
6 17 February 2006 19 February 2006 yes  
7 24 February 2006 26 February 2006 yes  

Series 2[edit]

Ep. Broadcasts on S4C Watch Viewers[29]
First Repeats
1 10 January 2007 12 January 2007   70,000[30]
2 17 January 2007 19 January 2007   45,000[31]
3 24 January 2007 26 January 2007   40,000[32]
4 31 January 2007 2 February 2007   <30,000[33]
5 7 February 2007 9 February 2007   <33,000[34]
6 14 February 2007 16 February 2007, 18 February 2007   43,000[35]
7 21 February 2007 23 February 2007, 25 February 2007   <35,000[36]
8 28 February 2007 2 March 2007, 4 March 2007   43,000[37]
9 7 March 2007 9 March 2007, 11 March 2007   <40,000[38]
10 14 March 2007 16 March 2007   <36,000[39]

The second series was repeated in February and March 2008.

Series 3[edit]

Ep. Broadcasts on S4C Watch Viewers[29]
First Repeats
1 30 March 2008 3 April 2008 yes 44,000[40]
2 6 April 2008 10 April 2008 yes 61,000[41]
3 13 April 2008 17 April 2008 yes 45,000[42]
4 20 April 2008 24 April 2008 yes 46,000[43]
5 27 April 2008 1 May 2008 yes 46,000[44]
6 4 May 2008 8 May 2008 yes 40,000[45]
7 11 May 2008 15 May 2008 yes 43,000[46]
8 18 May 2008 22 May 2008 yes 49,000[47]
9 25 May 2008 29 May 2008 yes 59,000[48]
10 1 June 2008 5 June 2008 yes 49,000[49]

Series 4[edit]

Ep. Broadcasts on S4C Watch Viewers[29]
First Repeats
1 14 June 2009 <32,000[50]
2 21 June 2009 32,000[51]
3 28 June 2009 38,000[52]
4 5 July 2009 <30,000[53]
5 12 July 2009 <35,000[54]
6 19 July 2009 <38,000[55]
7 26 July 2009 <38,000[56]
8 2 August 2009 38,000[57]
9 9 August 2009 y36,000[58]
10 16 August 2009 <36,000[59]

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