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Created by Fflic
Presented by Rhodri Owen (2004)
Gareth Roberts (2011-2012)
Nia Parry (2002-2014)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 9 (2011), 9 (2012)
Location(s) Fforest Farm, Ceredigion
Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire
Llithfaen, Gwynedd[1]
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel S4C
Original run 2002 (2002) – 2014 (2014)

cariad@iaith:love4language is an S4C reality television series in which people attempt to learn the Welsh language.


Commissioned in 2002 from an idea by Fflic production staff, cariad@iaith:love4language originally involved members of the public who wished to learn Welsh, spending six weeks at Nant Gwrtheyrn language centre on the Llŷn Peninsula.[2]

This evolved into a week-long live series, airing in 2004, in which seven celebrities of Welsh extraction - Janet Street-Porter, Ruth Madoc, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Amy Wadge, Steve Strange, Bernard Latham and Jamie Shaw - spent the week at Nant Gwrtheyrn.[3]

In 2011, cariad@iaith:love4language was recommissioned, and launched on 8 July revealing Matt Johnson, Sophie Evans, Josie d'Arby, Colin Charvis, Helen Lederer, Rhys Hutchings, Melanie Walters and Lembit Öpik as the celebrities set to spend a week learning the language under the tutelage of Nia Parry and Ioan Talfryn at fforest[4] eco-camp in west Wales.[5]

The series returned for a Christmas special on 24 December 2011, in which seven of the celebrities spent a weekend in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire.[6]

cariad@iaith:love4language returned on 23 May 2012 with a new celebrity line-up, as CBeebies presenter Alex Winters; Scrum V and BBC Sports Wales presenter Lisa Rogers; tenor Wynne Evans – or Gio Compario from the TV ads; Lucy Owen, news presenter; rugby player Gareth Thomas; former X-Factor contestant Lucie Jones; actor Robert Pugh and actress Di Botcher attempt to learn Welsh.[7]

The 2013 series of cariad@iaith:love4language invites members of the public who wish to learn Welsh to take part.[8][9]

A 2014 series began in June, involving eight celebrities including goalkeeper Neville Southall, weather presenter Behnaz Akhgar, singer Ian Watkins and Big Brother winner Sam Evans. [1]


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