A Child's Christmases in Wales

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A Child's Christmases in Wales was a 2009 one-off period comedy written by comedian Mark Watson, starring Ruth Jones, Paul Kaye, and Steve Speirs.[1] It was shown on BBC Four in December 2009, and repeated on BBC Two.


An adaption of Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas in Wales, the comedy, set in South Wales, and filmed in the small mining town of Ferndale focuses on the character Owen Rhys's reminiscing on three separate Christmases, 1983, 1986 and 1989. Every Christmas Owen's uncle Huw (Steve Speirs), a successful but now divorced man, his son (who he is over protective of) Maurice, and Uncle Gorwell (Paul Kaye), an alcoholic and rather comedic character come to Owen's family house to stay. As we follow the family through the 1980s, the boys grow into teenagers, whilst Owen's father Geraint (Mark Lewis Jones) and his uncles seem to regress into childish behaviour and sibling rivalry. Geraint and his brothers bicker and undermine each other and Owen's mother Brenda (Ruth Jones) tries to stop everything falling to pieces. Despite all the petty rows and rivalries, eventually the members of the family learn to appreciate each other and realise Christmas wouldn't be the same without each other.[2]


  • Brenda Rhys (Mum) - Ruth Jones - Owen's mother, Geraint's wife, Maurice's aunt and Huw and Gorwel's sister-in-law.
  • Geraint Rhys (Dad) - Mark Lewis Jones - Owen's father, Brenda's husband, Maurice's uncle and Huw and Gorwel's brother.
  • Huw Rhys - Steve Speirs - Owen's uncle, Geraint and Gorwel's brother and Maurice's father.
  • Gorwel Rhys - Paul Kaye - Owen and Maurice's uncle and Geraint and Huw's brother.
  • Owen Rhys (aged 9 and 12) - Oliver Bunyan - Brenda and Geraint's son, Maurice's cousin and Huw and Gorwel's nephew
  • Maurice Rhys (aged 9 and 12) - Jamie Burch - Huw's son, Owen's cousin and Brenda, Geraint and Gorwel's nephew.
  • Owen Rhys (aged 15) - Mark Charles Williams
  • Maurice Rhys (aged 15) - Rhys McLellan
  • Carol singer - Alex Beckett
  • Narrator - Michael Sheen

The show was directed by Chris Gernon, and produced by Steve Doherty and Juliet Charlesworth


  1. ^ "Four Programmes - A Child's Christmases in Wales". BBC. Archived from the original on 15 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  2. ^ "BBC - Ruth Jones celebrates A Child's Christmases in Wales". BBC News. 2009-12-16. Retrieved 2010-01-28.