Y GYWLL/Hinterland returned to S4C, and the public’s TV screens on Sunday 13th September. The new series promises to reveal more about DCI Tom Mathias, the central character, and build upon the popularity of the first season.
The TV series is filmed on location in Ceredigion and stars Richard Harrington as DCI Mathias, the show has gained attention for being filmed twice, first solely in Welsh and then in English with some Welsh dialogue. The first season aired first on S4C in 2013 and then subsequently on BBC One Wales in 2014 – becoming the first BBC television drama to have dialogue both in English and Welsh.
The cast also includes Mali Harriers, as DI Mared Rhys, DCI Mathias’ partner, and Aberystwyth’s own Aneirin Hughes, as Chief Superintendent Brian Prosser.
The show has received critical acclaim and has been nominated for 5 BAFTA Cymru Awards. The show will find out if they won any BAFTA Cymru awards at Cardiff’s St, David’s Hall on Sunday 27th September.
It has been filmed at various locations in Aberystwyth and its surrounding areas including: the old court building, the old library, the pier arcade, Borth train station and the Devil’s Bridge Hotel. Filming for season two took place during September 2014.
The Cambrian News reported that Richard Harrington enjoyed returning for the second season, saying that he enjoyed getting to show more sides to his character’s personality. He reportedly also spoke of enjoying developing the relationship between DCI Mathias and Chief Superintendent Prosser.
The end of the special episode shown on New Years Day saw Mathias’ estranged wife, Meg, show up in Aberystwyth and viewers discovered the tragic fate of their young daughter.
Season One is available now on Netflix.