Welsh public broadcaster S4C has commissioned 6 x 60-minute minute psychological thriller The Light In The Hall / Y Golau co-produced by Duchess Street Productions and Triongl in association with APC Studios, and with the support of Welsh Government through Creative Wales.
In deals brokered by APC Studios, which is also handling worldwide sales, the series is produced in association with Channel 4 and Sundance Now for the English-language version for broadcast in the UK and North America, Australia and New Zealand respectively.
Written and created by Regina Moriarty (Murdered By My Boyfriend) and directed by Andy Newbery (Keeping Faith) and Chris Forster (Hidden), The Light In The Hall / Y Golau will be filmed in both English and Welsh.
Starring Alexandra Roach (Killing Eve, Sanditon, No Offence), Iwan Rheon (Misfits, Game of Thrones) and Joanna Scanlan (After Love, No Offence), filming starts this autumn with broadcast planned for 2022.
Journalist Cat Donato (Roach), originally from the same town as Ela Roberts, has always been obsessed by her murder.
Ela’s mother, Sharon Roberts (Scanlan) has never stopped grieving the loss of her daughter. Joe Pritchard (Rheon), a quiet, unassuming gardener, confessed to killing Ela but wouldn’t, or couldn’t, say why or what he did with her body.
The news of Joe’s parole hearing and the prospect of his release causes both women to confront the past and the part they played in Ela’s final days. With so many questions unanswered, Joe’s return to the community could be a way to get to the bottom of the mystery once and for all. If Joe Pritchard did kill Ela, why did he do it, and where is the body?
Donna Wiffen and Jo Roderick from Duchess Street Productions, Gethin Scourfield, Nora Ostler and Alec Spiteri from Triongl and Laurent Boissel from APC Studios will executive produce, along with Gwenllian Gravelle from S4C.
In the UK, the series has been acquired by Nick Lee, Head of Acquisitions at Channel 4, Caroline Hollick, Head of Drama at Channel 4, and will be overseen by Commissioning Editor, Gwawr Lloyd.
S4C Drama Commissioner, Gwenllian Gravelle said: “This gripping drama certainly promises to be one to remember. With a stellar cast and a talented production team, we can’t wait to introduce Y Golau to S4C viewers. This is our first ever co-production with Channel 4 and we look forward to working together along with Triongl Production Company and Duchess Street Productions on this sensational series.”
Donna Wiffen, Managing Director at Duchess Street Productions says: “We are excited to be bringing Regina’s exceptional writing talent to the screen in this, her first original TV series. Working with our fantastic Welsh partners at Triongl and with the unerring support of Gwenllian at S4C, we know The Light In The Hall / Y Golau will exceed our expectations in creating a complex and compelling thriller.”
Duchess Street Productions is part of the Long Story TV group managed by Paul Marquess and Donna Wiffen and has credits including London Kills (20×45) for Acorn TV – Hope Street (10×45) for BBC and Britbox.
Triongl’s credits include Keeping Faith (S4C/BBC Wales/APC), Hinterland (S4C/BBC/All3Media international), The A List (Netflix/Lionsgate) and The Miniaturist (BBC/WGBH/All3Media International).
They are currently shooting Stad, a 6×60’ drama series for S4C – a co-production with Cwmni Da. Their broad development slate includes several drama series and feature films.
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