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Welsh indie makes first network productions

Welsh indie makes first network productions
Staff Reporter
09 August 2012

Welsh indie Cwmni Da is working on a new six-part bio-diversity series Wild Things for Channel 4 to be aired in the Autumn, after completing its first two network productions that have pulled in combined audiences for BBC Two and BBC Four over 2.5 million.

Helicopter Rescue for BBC Two, was watched by an audience of 1.5 million, whilst The Toilet- An Unspoken History for BBC Four (co-produced with Western Front Films), attracted an audience of more than one million. “Breaking through to network production has been central to our strategy this year and its very exciting to have such a positive response," says managing director, Dylan Huws said.

Helicopter Rescue, 3x30, told the story of a Sea King Search and Rescue crew based in RAF Valley, North Wales. First broadcast on BBC Wales to a 300,000 audience the series was picked up by BBC Two. A second series for BBC Wales is currently in production.

Written and presented by Cwmni Da creative director Ifor ap Glyn, The Toilet- An Unspoken History, 1x60, looked at the history, design, social and health aspects of the toilet. Filmed amongst other places in Bangladesh, Wales and Japan, the audience of one million made it one of BBC Four's top ten viewed programmes of all time. A Welsh language version was also also produced for co-funders S4C

The company has also been re-commissioned by Welsh language broadcaster S4C to produce their flagship arts series Pethe for 2013.

The Welsh indie was also successful recently in their multi-media Destination Local bid to NESTA. One of ten UK wide projects out of a total of 165 applicants to receive funding for pilot projects involving hyper- local content.

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