Baker Boys (2011 TV series)

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Baker Boys
Created by Helen Raynor
Gary Owen
Starring Eve Myles
Gareth Jewell
Boyd Clack
Mark Lewis Jones
Matthew Gravelle
Cara Readle
Steve Meo
Composer(s) Adam Lewis
Country of origin Wales, United Kingdom
Production
Running time Approx. 60 minutes
Release
Original network BBC One Wales
Original release 23 January – 8 December 2011
External links
Website

Baker Boys is an English-language Welsh television drama series, produced by BBC Wales and broadcast on BBC One Wales. The series was written by Helen Raynor and Gary Owen. Torchwood creator Russell T Davies also had a role as creative consultant, which he fulfilled from Los Angeles.[1] The first episode of the series was broadcast on 23 January 2011.[2]

The programme follows the workers of Valley Bara bakery which is the economic centre of Trefynydd, a small fictional village in South Wales. Generations of people had earned a living and formed a life at the bakery but this is thrown into jeopardy when recession bites and the bakery workers find themselves unemployed overnight. Writer Helen Raynor describes it as "a blue collar drama", explaining "we wanted to tell the story of a community, with a workplace at the centre of it, who suddenly fall on hard times".[1] The show is filmed and set in Trethomas (a village in Caerphilly), Bedwas (a village in Caerphilly) and Caerphilly.

Cast[edit]

Actor Character
Eve Myles Sarah
Gareth Jewell Owen
Boyd Clack Gwynfor
Mark Lewis Jones Pete
Matthew Gravelle Rob
Cara Readle Elen
Steve Meo Rich
Amy Morgan Shelly
Richard Corgan Dave
Mali Harries Lucy
Eiry Hughes Karen
Joshua Jenkins Nathan

Episodes[edit]

Series one[edit]

Title Airdate Overview
"Episode one" 23 January 2011 The employees of Valley Bara Bakery find themselves unemployed overnight when the bakery's parent company goes bust. With their lives in turmoil, and facing a future on the dole, it looks like the beginning of the end for this close-knit community, before an outrageous idea from local joker and wide boy Owen opens up a world of possibilities.
"Episode two" 30 January 2011 Owen goes on a charm offensive, even recruiting Sarah onto the workers co-operative. This leaves Rob feeling left out in the cold, and ever more desperate to get Sarah away from Trefynydd.
"Episode three" 6 February 2011 Valley Bara is open for business. Co-managers Rob and Owen are working hard to make it a successful operation but a big order means pushing the workforce right to the limits. Sarah's wedding date is fast approaching and she has a big decision to make.

Series two[edit]

Title Airdate Overview
"Episode one" 24 November 2011 [3] The Valley Bara Bakery is in limbo following Rob's disappearing act. It has been six weeks since Rob threatened to bring the co-operative down and he has not been in contact. At Rich's birthday bash tensions come to a head as the workforce let Owen know, loud and clear, that they hold him to blame for the situation.
"Episode two" 1 December 2011 The loss of the Capaldi contract hits Valley Bara hard. This results in tough decisions need to be made, as the workers are forced to go part-time. Rich and Shelley's budget stag and hen nights help them forget their troubles for a while, but everyone is feeling the pressure.
"Episode three" 8 December 2011 Owen, Sarah and Pete confront Rob regarding his plans to cut back on bakery staff. People are desperate, and a vote will tear the town apart. Is Shelley and Rich's homespun wedding the last time the community will come together?

Reception[edit]

For portraying the character of Sarah, Eve Myles (pictured) earned a BAFTA Cymru nomination for Best Actress

Welsh newspaper The Western Mail responded positively to the series, with journalist Karen Price describing it as "a poignant drama, which will strike a chord with so many people, particularly in these times of recession".[4] Scott Matthewman, writing for The Stage also praised the use of economic and social themes and expressed a desire to see a UK-wide broadcast of the series, concluding that "the whole country deserves to see the fabulous Baker Boys".[5] To coincide with the shows second run of episodes on BBC Wales The Radio Times published an article by Gareth McClean also arguing in favour of a nationwide broadcast.[6] McLean states:

The first series achieved strong viewing figures, being the second most-watched original broadcast on BBC Wales with an average of 294,000 viewers during the 2010/2011season.[7] In 2012 the series received five nominations at the 21st annual Bafta Cymru award ceremony. Eve Myles and Mark Lewis Jones were nominated respectively for the Best Actress and Actor awards, whilst Helen Raynor and Gary Owen received a joint nomination for Best Writing and Mark Waters received a nomination for Photography and Lighting. The series received one award; with Adam Lewis winning an award for Best Original Music.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Price, Karen (22 January 2011). "Creating the BBC's Baker Boys". Wales Online. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Baker Boys episode one listing
  3. ^ Episode #2.1 on the BBC Website
  4. ^ Price, Karen (22 January 2011). "What's Baker Boys like? Karen Price was given an advance screening". Western Mail. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Matthewman, Scott (2 February 2011). "Baker Boys: the Welsh drama that deserves national attention". The Stage. Archived from the original on 10 February 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Baker Boys: BBC Wales's best-kept secret?
  7. ^ BBC Wales Management Review
  8. ^ "British Academy Cymru Awards Winners in 2012". Bafta Cymru. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 

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