Pobol y Cwm
|Pobol y Cwm|
|Created by||Gwenlyn Parry and John Hefin|
|Theme music composer||Endaf Emlyn|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Running time||20 minutes exclusive of commercial breaks|
|Original network||BBC Wales (1974–82)|
|Original release||16 October 1974 – present|
Pobol y Cwm (People of the Valley; Welsh pronunciation: [ˌpɔbɔl ə ˈkʊm]) is a Welsh language 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. Around 380,000 viewers per week tune in, though 80% of this viewership is online on catchup services.
Five episodes are produced each week. These were broadcast at 20:00 each weeknight until 2018, when Tuesday and Thursday episodes began airing at 19:30. In addition, a weekly omnibus with in-vision English subtitles airs on Sunday evenings. This omnibus disappeared in 2014, before eventually returning in 2017 to replace the long-running 18:00 weeknight repeats of the previous episode.
From September 2014, following a budget cut of £1m to the programme, the Sunday omnibus ceased broadcasting, and it was announced that the show would be taking two one-week sabbaticals every year. From January 2015, the Wednesday episode was dropped. However, after receiving additional funding later in the year, the Wednesday episode was restored on 16 December 2015 – seeing Pobol y Cwm once again airing five nights a week. In May 2017, the Sunday omnibus resumed its broadcast on S4C.
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 centred on 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, named Llanarthur and Cwrtmynach.
Originally filmed at Broadcasting House, Cardiff, since 2012 the programme has been filmed at the BBC's drama studios at Roath Lock in Cardiff Bay, other than a few on-location shoots around Cardiff. The exterior outdoor high street of Cwmderi was recreated from scratch, while many interiors are shot inside the Roath Lock studios.
This includes characters who have been in the habit of returning after a long absence.
|Megan Harries||Lisabeth Miles||1974-1995, 1996, 2011-|
|David 'Dai Sgaffalde' Ashurst||Emyr Wyn||1978-1984, 2001-|
|Eileen Probert (née Walters)||Sera Cracroft||1989-1996, 1998, 2007-|
|Hywel Llywelyn||Andrew Teilo||1991-|
|Kathleen 'Kath' Pearl Jones||Siw Hughes||1993-2007, 2014, 2017-|
|Mark Jones||Arwyn Davies||1993-|
|Iori Davies||Hugh Thomas||1993, 1995, 1997-1999, 2018-|
|Sioned Charles (née Rees)||Emily Tucker||1994-1996, 2007-|
|Rhys Llywelyn||Jack Quick||1997-2001, 2008-2012, 2015, 2018-|
|Diane Ashurst (née Francis)||Victoria Plucknett||1998-|
|Jason Francis||Rhys Ap Hywel||1998-2007, 2015-|
|Sara Francis (née Thomas)||Helen Rosser Davies||2000-2007, 2015-|
|Anita Pierce||Nia Caron||2001-|
|Britt White (née Monk)||Donna Edwards||2002-|
|Garry Monk||Richard Lynch||2002-|
|Iolo Davies-White (né White)||Dyfan Rees||2002-2005, 2007, 2009-|
|Siôn White||Jeremi Cockram||2002-|
|Catrin Monk||Emily John||2003-|
|Gwyneth Jones||Llinor ap Gwynedd||2003-|
|Kelly Evans||Lauren Phillips||2003-2007, 2015-|
|Ffion Llywelyn (née Roberts)||Bethan Ellis Owen||2004-|
|Debbie Collins||Maria Pride||2005-2006, 2008-|
|Ricky Jones||Tomos West||2005-|
|Aaron Dafydd Monk||Osian Morgan||2006-|
|Dani Monk (née Thomas)||Elin Harries||2007-|
|Eifion Rowlands||Arwel Davies||2007, 2008-|
|Colin Evans||Jonathan Nefydd||2008-|
|Gaynor Llywelyn||Sharon Roberts||2008-|
|Gwern Harley Jones||Elis Lloyd Hughes||2010-|
|Jim Probert||Alun ap Brinley||2011-|
|Angela Probert||Tara Bethan||2011-2016, 2018-|
|Ed Charles||Geraint Todd||2012-|
|Richard 'DJ' Ashurst Junior||Carwyn Glyn||2014-|
|Esther Llywelyn||Eira Adoh||2016-|
|Mathew Price||Mark Stuart Roberts||2016-|
|Tyler Davies-White (né Davies)||Aled Llyr Thomas||2016-|
|Ifan Francis||Ioan Arnold||2017-|
|Bethan (AKA Non Mererid)||Gwawr Loader||2017-|
|Greta Davies-White||Bella Marie Dennis||2017-|
|Seren Monk||Maggie Edith Taylor||2017-|
|Huwi-John Probert||Frazer McCann||2018-|
|Jaclyn Parri||Mali Harries||2018-|
|Gerwyn Parri||Aled Pugh||2018-|
|Tesni Parri||Lois Meleri-Jones||2018-|
|Guto Parri||Owain Huw||2018-|
|Brenda Parri||Sharon Morgan||2018-|
- "Pobol y Cwm: 40 facts to mark 40 years of the soap on its 40th birthday". WalesOnline. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Menna, Baines; Lynch, Peredur I., eds. (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. p. 688. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6.
- S4C viewing figures
- Welsh BBC adds to drama output, The Independent, 9 February 1993
- Jones, Chloe. "Brill news if you're a Pobol y Cwm fan". Retrieved 2015-10-27.
- Outdoor filming for the pub used to take place at The Sportsman's Rest Inn Peterston-super-Ely.