Hidden (2018 TV series)

Hidden (Welsh: Craith) is a Welsh television drama serial, created by Mark Andrew and Ed Talfan. It was initially broadcast in Welsh on the Welsh-language channel S4C under its Welsh name Craith. The bilingual version of the series, under the English name Hidden, was broadcast on BBC One Wales and BBC Four. Two series have aired, in 2018 and 2019, with a third one due to be broadcast in 2021.[1]

Hidden
Also known asCraith
GenreCrime drama
Created byMark Andrew
Ed Talfan
Directed byGareth Bryn
Eric Styles
Chris Forster
Starring
Music byVictoria Ashfield
Samuel Barnes
John E.R. Hardy
Benjamin Talbott
Country of originWales
Original languages
No. of series2 (third commissioned)
No. of episodes14 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersMark Andrew
Ed Talfan
ProducerHannah Thomas
CinematographyStuart Biddlecombe
Running time60 minutes
Production companySevern Screen
DistributorBBC Cymru Wales
Release
Original network
  • S4C (Welsh-language version)
  • BBC Four (English-language version)
Picture format16:9 (1080p)
Audio formatStereo
Original release7 January 2018 (2018-01-07) –
present
Chronology
Related showsHinterland
External links
BBC
S4C

OverviewEdit

Leading actress Sian Reese-Williams commented that the series was more of a "personal drama" than a crime series, because of the multiple human stories involved, including those of the victims, the families of the victims, and the criminal protagonist.[2]

CastEdit

MainEdit

  • Siôn Eifion as Lee Williams, a cousin of Mia (Series 2)
  • Bryn Fôn as Hefin Mathews, owner of a rural garage and petrol station (Series 2)
  • Lois Elenid as Beca Mathews, Hefin's daughter (Series 2)
  • Owain Gwynn as Siôn Wells, Hefin's tenant opposite the garage (Series 2)

RecurringEdit

  • Megan Llŷn as Bethan John, younger sister of Cadi and Elin
  • Victoria Pugh as Detective Superintendent Susan Lynn
  • Lowri Izzard as Police Constable Mari James
  • Garmon Rhys as Police Constable Ryan Davies
  • Sarah Tempest as Detective Constable Alys Mitchell
  • Melangell Dolma as Sam Shepherd, Owen's girlfriend, a solicitor
  • Lara Catrin as Lea Pryce, younger sister of Mali Pryce (Series 1)
  • Elodie Wilton as Nia Harris, Dylan's ten-year-old daughter (Series 1)
  • Rhodri Sion as Ieuan Rhys, a local drug dealer and hard man in Llanberis (Series 1)
  • Mark Lewis Jones as Endaf Elwy, imprisoned for the murder of his niece, Anna Williams (Series 1)
  • Ioan Hefin as Matthew Heston, neighbour of the Harris family (Series 1)
  • Mali Ann Rees as Ffion, Megan's best friend (Series 1)
  • Ffion Dafis as Kelly Owen, Mia's mother (Series 2)
  • Jac Jones as Liam Pritchard, Connor's younger brother (Series 2)
  • Dyfrig Evans as Glyn Jones, Kelly's boyfriend (Series 2)
  • Manon Prysor as Rhian Jenkins, estranged daughter of murder victim Geraint Elis (Series 2)
  • Gruffydd Owain Wyn Jones as Jason Williams, Lee's older brother (Series 2)
  • Mark Flanagan as Karl Lewis, a power station worker who once accused Geraint Elis of child abuse (Series 2)
  • Sion Pritchard as James Rhys, a former youth worker (Series 2)
  • Llion Williams as Ifan Jenkins, Rhian's controlling husband (Series 2)
  • Nia Hâf as Lois Jones, Elin's teenage daughter (Series 2)

Filming and releaseEdit

Filming took place in 2017 in Bangor and Snowdonia.[3] The series was the second project on which Andrew and Talfan collaborated, following Hinterland. It was first broadcast as Craith, in Welsh, on S4C on 7 January 2018 and aired weekly.[4] A bi-lingual version of the series aired, mainly in English, on BBC One Wales and BBC Four in June 2018 under the title of Hidden.[5][6][2]

Hidden was renewed for a second series in February 2019.[7] It broadcast first on S4C on 17 November 2019.

In January 2021, the BBC announced that a third series had been commissioned to air later in the year, with Sian Reese-Williams and Siôn Alun Davies returning in their roles of, respectively, DCI Cadi John and DS Owen Vaughan. The number of episodes comprising the series was unspecified.[8]

EpisodesEdit

Airdates listed as per the S4C broadcast. English subtitled repeats were broadcast at 22:30 on Fridays. The English version aired six months later on BBC Four on Saturday nights.

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
187 January 2018 (2018-01-07)25 February 2018 (2018-02-25)
2617 November 2019 (2019-11-17)22 December 2019 (2019-12-22)

Series 1 (2018)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateBBC Four airdateS4C viewers
(millions)
BBC Four viewers (millions)
11"Episode 1"Gareth BrynMark Andrew & Caryl Lewis7 January 2018 (2018-01-07)9 June 20180.691.02
22"Episode 2"Gareth BrynJames Rourke & Caryl Lewis14 January 2018 (2018-01-14)16 June 20180.490.69
33"Episode 3"Eric StylesJames Rourke21 January 2018 (2018-01-21)23 June 20180.510.60
44"Episode 4"Gareth BrynJeff Murphy28 January 2018 (2018-01-28)30 June 20180.480.53
55"Episode 5"Eric StylesJames Rourke4 February 2018 (2018-02-04)7 July 20180.540.53
66"Episode 6"Chris ForsterCaryl Lewis11 February 2018 (2018-02-11)14 July 20180.401.15
77"Episode 7"Gareth BrynJeff Murphy18 February 2018 (2018-02-18)14 June 20180.440.69
88"Episode 8"Gareth BrynCaryl Lewis25 February 2018 (2018-02-25)28 June 20180.400.70

Series 2 (2019)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateBBC Four airdateS4C viewers
(millions)
BBC Four viewers (millions)
91"Episode 1"Gareth BrynCaryl Lewis & James Rourke17 November 2019 (2019-11-17)15 February 20200.440.85
Blaenau Ffestiniog, nine months later. An anonymous phone call leads DCI Cadi John and DS Owen Vaughn to the corpse of an old man who has been decaying for weeks in his bath.
102"Episode 2"Gareth BrynCaryl Lewis24 November 2019 (2019-11-24)22 February 20200.460.51
Cadi and Owen look into the dead man’s background and discover there are reasons behind his reclusiveness. Connor confides in Mia about Geraint Ellis, and she convinces him that the old man deserved what happened to him. He still feels isolated after his fight with Lee, until he is reluctantly persuaded to go to a rave at the quarry. In English and Welsh.
113"Episode 3"Gareth BrynJames Rourke1 December 2019 (2019-12-01)29 February 20200.410.53
The community gathers to mourn the passing of Geraint Ellis, and Mia cannot keep away. That night, she and her friends visit an old ruin with a dark history. Mia draws Connor closer to her.
124"Episode 4"Chris ForsterDavid Chidlow8 December 2019 (2019-12-08)7 March 20200.490.43
Karl Lewis admits while questioned by Cadi that the accusations he brought against Ellis were false. Cadi turns her attention to Mia, whose false testimony led to Karl's arrest.
135"Episode 5"Chris ForsterDavid Chidlow15 December 2019 (2019-12-15)14 March 20200.320.45
Cadi is informed that a body has been found at a remote petrol station outside Blaenau Ffestiniog. Suspecting the worst, she issues a warrant for Mia's arrest, but all efforts to trace her fail.
146"Episode 6"Chris ForsterCaryl Lewis22 December 2019 (2019-12-22)21 March 20200.360.47
Deep in the mountains, the search continues, before Cadi and Mia finally come face to face - the hunter and the hunted. The sad truth about the murders begins to emerge, with two innocent people killed and three young lives destroyed.

ReceptionEdit

The Guardian compared Hidden favourably to the Swedish Scandi-noir drama The Bridge, describing it as one of the "current powerhouse run of Wales-set dramas", with "scenes in Welsh to provide that sweet Nordic subtitles hit".[9] It went on to say "Hidden is perhaps the most confidently stylish and stylised yet. As well as a gorgeously gothic credits sequence, it features handsomely brooding landscapes, offbeat interior locations that go far beyond the usual bland corridors/offices of cop drama, and an ominous, skin-prickling soundtrack skilfully employed to heighten the sense of dread."[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BBC crime drama Hidden commissioned for third series". BBC Media Centre. 8 January 2021. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  2. ^ a b Gibb, Bill (4 June 2018). "Sian Reese-Williams says psychological thriller Hidden is more of a personal drama rather than a detective drama". The Sunday Post. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Filming starts on new BBC Wales and S4C crime series". BBC. 1 August 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  4. ^ "S4C - Craith" (in Welsh). BBC. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  5. ^ Crump, Eryl (25 December 2017). "Snowdonia the star in new S4C crime drama by makers of Hinterland". The Daily Post. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  6. ^ Hodgson, Sarah (9 June 2018). "New drama Hidden will air on BBC4 tonight and North Wales could be the star of the show". The Daily Post. North Wales. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Filming begins for second series of psychological thriller Hidden/Craith". BBC. 14 February 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  8. ^ "BBC crime drama Hidden commissioned for third series". BBC Media Centre. 8 January 2021. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  9. ^ a b Virtue, Graeme (2 July 2018). "Missing The Bridge already? Hidden could be the perfect replacement". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 9 July 2018.

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