Rondo Media’s S4C prison drama Bariau is to return for a second series in 2025.

Bariau is a bilingual drama set in a men’s prison with the stories based on the testimony of real prisoners and prison officers.

The second series, like the first, will be shot at Studio Aria in Llangefni on a two-storey set comprising 24 cells

With the support of Creative Wales, Studio Aria was set up by Rondo Media and S4C’s commercial arm, S4C Digital Media Limited to take advantage of the growing number of productions being attracted to film in north Wales.

Bedwyr Rees, Senior Producer at Rondo Media, said: “Rondo is extremely pleased with the audience response to Bariau and with S4C’s commission for a second series. Bariau tackles several challenging subjects, bringing real characters who live on the periphery of society, to the screen. We are looking forward to the opportunity to delve deeper into this world, with a view to creating another series that will challenge on the one hand and entertain on the other.”

Gwenllian Gravelle, S4C’s Drama Commissioner, said: “We had a great response from viewers to the first series of Bariau and I’m really looking forward to seeing the second series on screen. The production team and the actors are a very talented and creative crew who have a strong vision. I’m also pleased that the production is providing an economic boost to the area, and that the investment will benefit Anglesey and the wider area.”

Jon Creamer

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