Hinterland/Y Gwyll


Hinterland/Y Gwyll is a brand new 9 x 96’ detective drama. Shot back to back in English and Welsh the series is a Fiction Factory co-production with S4C, Tinopolis and All3Media International for S4C, BBC Wales and BBC 4.

From the windswept sand dunes of the coastline to the badlands of the hinterland, Aberystwyth Is the perfect setting for this brand new drama series. A place that lives by its own rules: a natural crucible of colliding worlds where history and myth meet the modern and contemporary. Blood,soil and belonging. This is Hinterland.
Into this world steps DCI TOM MATHIAS. On the run from his past, a brilliant but troubled man. Having abandoned his life in London, he isolates himself on the outskirts of town – a town filled with secrets as dark and destructive as his own.

MATHIAS is partnered with DI MARED RHYS. Intelligent and complex, she is a mother wiser than her 33 years suggest. Together, enigmatic outsider Mathias and hometown girl Mared form an engaging relationship.

MATHIAS is at the heart of every story. He is a man we instinctively trust, a man who knows that the key to solving that ultimate anti-social crime, murder, lies not in where you look for truth, but how you look. From the windswept sand dunes of the coastline to the badlands of the hinterland, this is a detective drama with pace, poetry and scale. A series of four two-hour films with stories that are original and local, yet timeless and universal.




DCI Tom Mathias Richard Harrington
DI Mared Rhys Mali Harries
DS Sian Owens Hannah Daniel
DC Lloyd Elis Alex Harries
Chief Superintendent Brian Prosser Aneirin Hughes


Production Team

Executive Producer Ed Thomas
Producers Gethin Scourfield & Ed Talfan
Co-Creators Ed Thomas & Ed Talfan
Writers David Joss Buckley, Jeff Murphy, Ed Talfan, Ed Thomas
Directors Marc Evans, Gareth Bryn, Rhys Powys, Ed Thomas
D.O.P’s Hubert Taczanowski, Richard Stoddard
Production Designer Eryl Ellis
Line Producers Kathy Nettleship, Meinir Stoutt
Music John Hardy Music

Press & Reviews

Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop goes gooey over 'foreign' Welsh cop-drama Y Gwyll

Kathryn Williams, Wales Online, 06 March 2015

The Oscar-winning actress took time out from vegan recipes and unusual beauty routines to recommend Hinterland as a 'foreign TV show to binge watch'. Read full article >

Hinterland/Y Gwyll: Behind the scenes on the hit Welsh crime noir

Kathryn Williams, Wales Online, 02 February 2015

Our reporter Kathryn Williams visited Devil's Bridge to watch filming of series two of Welsh crime-noir Hinterland and got out of there alive, if a little muddy Read full article >

Behind the scenes of Hinterland

Andrew Collins, Radio Times, 22 December 2014

Andrew Collins visited the chilly set of Welsh Celtic Noir Y Gwyll – also known as Hinterland - ahead of its one-off episode on New Year's Day Read full article >

Forget Nordic noir: when it comes to dark drama, it's all about the Celts

Andrew Collins, Radio Times, 05 November 2014

We needn't look further than Wales, Scotland and Ireland for our next hit of gritty scripted TV, says Andrew Collins Read full article >

How Celtic noir is set to make a killing

Jack Malvern, The Times, 03 November 2014

After the snow-flecked landscapes and Faroese jumpers of Nordic television thrillers such as Wallander and The Killing comes an altogether more familiar squad of investigators. Read full article >

Sherlock and Hinterland win big at Bafta Cymru awards

Alexandra Chapman, Broadcast, 27 October 2014

BBC drama Sherlock and noir crime drama Y Gwyll/Hinterland were the biggest winners at last night’s 23rd annual Bafta Cymru awards in Cardiff. Read full article >

Cash-strapped council pledges £150,000 for TV crime drama

Anita Singh and Agencies, The Telegraph, 21 August 2014

Ceredigion County Council is so keen for crime drama Hinterland to be filmed in the area that it has pledged £150,000 to bankroll the production Read full article >

Straight Out of Wales, With Murders

Margy Rochlin, The New York Times, 09 August 2014

The Dark ‘Hinterland’ Doubles as a Travelogue Read full article >

Hinterland shows Wales way for more EU funding

BBC News Wales, 16 July 2014

Critically-acclaimed TV detective series Hinterland has been praised for pulling in EU funding. Read full article >

'Hinterland' Co-Creator Ed Thomas Explains Why He Wanted Wales To Have Its Own Detective

Caroline Frost, Huffington Post, 28 May 2015

"Every country should have its own detective."

That's exactly how programme-maker Ed Thomas convinced the powers that be at S4C that, after Edinburgh's Rebus, Denmark's Sarah Lund and Oxford's Morse (amongst others), Wales needed its very own troubled, lonesome copper. Read full article >

The rise of the Celtic noir

Sean Cubitt, The Conversation, 27 May 2014

Y Gwyll, the Welsh title of the recent BBC drama Hinterland, translates as “The Dusk”: perhaps programmers were worried that viewers would mistake it for Twilight? Vampires and zombies certainly feature in a number of TV dramas at present, and in one respect that’s true of the series. Starting with a particularly haunted and ghostly episode set in a deserted children’s home, the four episodes broadcast this spring were characterised by the weight of the dead upon the living. Read full article >

TV review: Hinterland isn't your ordinary cop show

Julie McDowall, Herald Scotland, 29 April 2014

Review of Hinterland Episode 1 following its BBC4 premiere by Julie McDowall Read full article >

Hinterland, BBC Four, review: 'a corker'

Ceri Radford, The Telegraph, 28 April 2014

The first story in the Welsh detective series was told with distinctive verve, says Ceri Radford Read full article >

Hinterland, BBC4 - TV review: Welcome piece of Welsh noir is set to make a killing

Gerard GIlbert, The Independent, 28 April 2014

The Independent's review of Hinterland Episode 1, BBC4 Read full article >

Video TV review - Hostages, Benefits Street, The Bridge, Hinterland

Andrew Collins, The Guardian, 14 January 2014

Telly Addict Andrew Collins gives his verdict on the week's programmes including the "ever impressive" Hinterland from BBC Cymru. Read full article >

Hinterland a hit with TV audiences

BBC Media Centre, 10 January 2014

The opening episode of Hinterland - BBC Cymru Wales’ gripping new TV detective series starring Richard Harrington as DCI Tom Mathias - was a big success with viewers, according to preliminary audience figures and feedback. Read full article >

Video TV review - Doctor Who; An Adventure in Space and Time; Cold War Britain and Hinterland

Andrew Collins, The Guardian, 26 November 2013

Andrew Collins delivers the first ever review in The Guardian's Telly Addict series of a Welsh language TV programme - Hinterland. Read full article >

Welsh noir drama Y Gwyll / Hinterland proves a hit across the border for S4C

Wales Online, 07 November 2013

S4C crime thriller first aired on October 29 and has subsequently enjoyed favourable reviews from the English broadsheet press. Read full article >

Last Night's TV - Y Gwyll and The Escape Artist

Ed Potton, Times online, 30 October 2013

Y Gwyll was given a 4 out of 5 star rating from Ed Potton. Read full article >

Y Gwyll/Hinterland review: Subtitles never did The Killing any harm

Elena Cresci, Wales Online, 29 October 2013

It has been the most hotly-anticipated Welsh-language television event in years. As S4C’s bilingual Hinterland/Y Gwyll crime drama aired for the first time on S4C, Elena Cresci was watching. Read full article >

Hinterland – the TV noir so good they made it twice

Stephen Moss, The Guardian, 30 July 2013

As if it wasn't hard enough filming a harrowing detective drama in the freezing wilds of Wales, the makers of Hinterland did it all twice – once in Welsh and once in English. Stephen Moss spends a day on set. Read full article >

Hinterland thriller filming boosted by atmospheric Aberystwyth locations

WalesOnline, 11 May 2013

Film crews have descended on Aberystwyth to shoot a major new thriller series. Sion Morgan met with its stars and makers after being given an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at filming. Read full article >



  • Winner: Best Actress - Mali Harries
  • Winner: Best Drama
  • Nominated: Best Actor - Richard Harrington
  • Nominated: Director - Gareth Bryn


  • Nominated: Best Drama
  • Nominated: Best Actress - Mali Harries
  • Winner: Best Actor - Richard Harrington
  • Nominated: Sound - Production Team
  • Winner: Titles and Graphic Identity - Production Team


  • Nominated: International Award


  • Winner: Director Fiction - Marc Evans
  • Winner: Writer - Jeff Murphy
  • Winner: Photography & Lighting - Richard Stoddard
  • Nominated: Television Drama
  • Nominated: Editing - Mali Evans
  • Nominated: Sound - Production Team
  • Nominated: Costume Design - Ffion Elinor
  • Nominated: Actor - Richard Harrington
  • Nominated: Actress - Mali Harries


  • Winner: Televised Fiction – Drama


  • Nominated: Outstanding Actor in a Television Film - Richard Harrington


  • Winner: Best Drama