S4C and BBC Cymru Wales confirm new dark comedy drama
As first detailed on Production Intelligence in January, a new dark comedy drama is in production in Wales called Pren ar y Bryn, or Tree on a Hill.
The series is produced by Fiction Factory with investment from Creative Wales.
Written and created by Ed Thomas, the six-part series began filming on 13 February on location in Ystradgynlais on the River Tawe at the edge of the Brecon Beacons, where Thomas grew up.
Pren ar y Bryn/Tree on a Hill centres on Margaret and Clive Lewis, whose quiet lives, in a bypassed town at the edge of a valley, are changed in an instant when they find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Rhodri Meilir and Nia Roberts star.
Writer and creator Thomas said: “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to tell this big little story about change set and shot in the place I grew up at the edge of the Brecon Beacons in the Swansea Valley. It’s a world where resilience and a healthy sense of the absurd is the only thing that will get you through when the situation you find yourself in is desperate - but not serious.”
Gerwyn Evans, deputy director of Creative Wales, added: “It’s fantastic to be supporting this bilingual drama for BBC Cymru Wales and S4C. This drama is one of six Creative Wales is supporting over the coming year that will air on BBC / S4C.
"We’re delighted that by providing funding and support more and more dramas are being made in Wales, using our facilities, creating opportunities for crew and trainees and showcasing our stunning Welsh locations.”
Photo credit: Warren Orchard/BBC Wales/S4C/All3 Media Int.