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Hinterland/Y Gwyll


Hinterland/Y Gwyll is a brand new 4×120’ detective drama to be broadcast winter 2013-2014. 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 Harris
DS Sian Lloyd 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

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 >



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