Pobol y Cwm
|Pobol y Cwm|
|Country of origin||Wales, United Kingdom|
|Running time||20 minutes exclusive of commercial breaks|
|Original channel||Sianel Pedwar Cymru (1982—)
BBC Wales (1974–82)
|Original run||16 October 1974 – present|
Pobol y Cwm (People of the Valley; Welsh pronunciation: [ˌpɔbɔl ə ˈkʊm]) is a Welsh-language television soap opera which has been produced by the BBC since October 1974. The longest-running television soap opera produced by the BBC, Pobol y Cwm was originally transmitted on BBC Wales television and later transferred to the Welsh-language station S4C when it opened in November 1982.
Apart from Rugby specials, Pobol y Cwm is consistently the most watched programme of the week on S4C, and in 1994 was briefly shown across the whole of the United Kingdom on BBC2 with English subtitles. Five episodes are produced each week, normally broadcast at 20.00 every weeknight, with a repeat (subtitled in English) shown at 18.30 on the following weekday evening. An omnibus edition (also subtitled) is shown on Sunday afternoons.
The setting for the show is the fictional village of Cwmderi, located in the real Gwendraeth Valley – an area lying between Carmarthen and Llanelli in south-west Wales. Whilst much of the show's early activity took place at a nursing home, storylines are currently centered around the village pub, Y Deri, and its adjacent small businesses and houses. Other frequent settings for storylines include the comprehensive school, Ysgol y Mynach, and a local farm, Penrhewl. There are two other imaginary villages close to Cwmderi, namely Llanarthur and Cwrt Mynach.
As of 2012, the program is filmed at Roath Lock in Cardiff Bay. The exterior out-door high street of Cwmderi was recreated from scratch while many interiors are shot inside the cavernous Roath Lock studios.
Cast and Characters
While most of the cast are largely unknown to the English-speaking world, Ioan Gruffudd – who later became an international film star – played the part of Gareth Wyn Harries between 1987 and 1994. Other well-known faces who have appeared include Rachel Thomas, Huw Garmon, Gillian Elisa, Ieuan Rhys, Aneirin Hughes, and Iwan Rheon. In October 2006, Imogen Thomas made a cameo appearance.
Gareth Lewis (who played pub landlord Meic Pierce) is the seventh longest-serving actor in a continuous role in British television soap history, while Gwyn Elfyn played the part of village shopkeeper Denzil Rees continuously for nearly 28 years from 1984 until January 2012, making him the tenth longest-serving actor still appearing in a United Kingdom soap opera role.
- Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Menna, Baines et al., eds. (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. p. 688. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6.
- S4C viewing figures
- The series could occasionally also be seen in England during regional optout slots on BBC1 in the mid to late 1970s.
- http://www.southwalesguardian.co.uk/news/5034794.Pobol_y_Cwm_returns_to_Gwendraeth_roots/. Missing or empty
- Outdoor filming for the pub used to take place at The Sportsman's Rest in Peterston-super-Ely.
- "Pobol y Cwm star Gwyn Elfyn leaves drama after nearly 28 years". BBC News. 5 January 2012.