Welcome to the all-new Wales & Co website. It doesn’t sing, it doesn’t dance, and shamefully it’s the first time it’s been updated in two years. Although in our defence we have been quite busy….
September 2017 will mark Wales & Co’s 5th anniversary. So far, we’ve produced over 150 episodes of The Wales Report, our weekly news and current affairs programme for BBC1 Wales. This year will also see us make our 60th TV documentary, and 250th radio programme. So we’ve been a bit pre-occupied..
The good news is that to go with the new website, we’ve got some new commissions.
The first one to roll out is Newyddion Ffug, a quick turnaround 60-min doc on the Fake News phenomena for S4C. Shot and edited in three weeks, presented by Bethan Rhys Roberts, and produced and directed by Iwan England, it’s a fast, funny, and eyebrow raising look at how we gather and consume our post-Brexit, post-Trump news. Watch out for Bethan’s encounters with Macedonia’s fake news industry, Wales’ daftest viral news story, and our own experiment in fake news with a well-known Welsh celebrity. Airs on S4C Wednesday 22nd March 9.30pm.
We’ve also got a range of docs and doc series in pre-production and production, delivering throughout 2017.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, Gareth Thomas V’s Homophobia sees the Welsh rugby legend tackling homophobia in sport head on. Alfie’s also returning this summer for a third episode of the popular and inspiring Alfie’s Angels – this year running with the working title of Alfie’s Army.
October 2017 is the 20th anniversary of devolution in Wales. Cymru Heddiw (S4C) and State of Wales (BBC) sees Huw Edwards travelling throughout the Principality looking back at how Wales has changed since 1997; and how the future is shaping up in a post-Brexit landscape.
Following the international success of Young, Welsh & Pretty Skint the brand returns later in the year with a series looking at its flip side: Young, Welsh & Pretty Minted.
Finally, we’ve got Google School, a long-term project centred around a year in the life of Ferndale Community School in the Rhondda. This project is due to air on BBC1 Wales late Autumn.