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Pobol y Cwm (People of the Valley; Welsh pronunciation: [ˌpɔbɔl ə ˈkʊm]) is a Welsh language soap opera which has been produced by the BBC since October 1974.[2] The longest-running television soap opera produced by the BBC, Pobol y Cwm was originally transmitted on BBC Wales television and later transferred to the Welsh-language station S4C when it opened in November 1982.[2]

Pobol y Cwm
Pobol y Cwm.jpg
Created byGwenlyn Parry and John Hefin
Theme music composerEndaf Emlyn[1]
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Running time20 minutes exclusive of commercial breaks
Original networkBBC Wales (1974–82)
S4C (1982—)
Original release16 October 1974 –
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Apart from Rugby specials, Pobol y Cwm is consistently the most watched programme of the week on S4C,[3] and in 1994 was briefly shown across the whole of the United Kingdom on BBC2 with English subtitles.[4] Around 380,000 viewers per week tune in; 80% of this viewership is online on catchup services.[citation needed]

Five episodes are produced each week. These were broadcast at 20:00 each weeknight until 2018, when Tuesday and Thursday episodes began airing at 19:30. In addition, a weekly omnibus with in-vision English subtitles airs on Sunday evenings. This omnibus disappeared in 2014, before eventually returning in 2017 to replace the long-running 18:00 weeknight repeats of the previous episode.

From September 2014, following a budget cut of £1m to the programme, the Sunday omnibus ceased broadcasting, and it was announced that the show would be taking two one-week sabbaticals every year. From January 2015, the Wednesday episode was dropped. However, after receiving additional funding later in the year, the Wednesday episode was restored on 16 December 2015 – seeing Pobol y Cwm once again airing five nights a week. In May 2017, the Sunday omnibus resumed its broadcast on S4C.[5]



The setting for the show is the fictional village of Cwmderi, located in the real Gwendraeth Valley – an area lying between Carmarthen and Llanelli in south-west Wales. Whilst much of the show's early activity took place at a nursing home, storylines are currently centred on the village pub, Y Deri,[6] and its adjacent small businesses and houses. Other frequent settings for storylines include the comprehensive school, Ysgol y Mynach, and a local farm, Penrhewl. There are two other fictional villages close to Cwmderi, named Llanarthur and Cwrtmynach.

Originally filmed at Broadcasting House, Cardiff, since 2012 the programme has been filmed at the BBC's drama studios at Roath Lock in Cardiff Bay, other than a few on-location shoots around Cardiff. The exterior outdoor high street of Cwmderi was recreated from scratch, while many interiors are shot inside the Roath Lock studios.

Present charactersEdit

This includes characters who have been in the habit of returning after a long absence.[7]

Character Actor Duration
Megan Harries Lisabeth Miles 1974–1995, 1996, 2011–
David 'Dai Sgaffalde' Ashurst Emyr Wyn 1978–1984, 2001–
Eileen Probert (née Walters) Sera Cracroft 1989–1996, 1998, 2007–
Hywel Llywelyn Andrew Teilo 1991–
Cassie Morris (née Nicholas) Sue Roderick 1991–2003, 2018–
Kathleen 'Kath' Pearl Jones Siw Hughes 1993–2007, 2014, 2017–
Mark Jones Arwyn Davies 1993–
Iori Davies Hugh Thomas 1993, 1995, 1997–1999, 2018–
Sioned Charles (née Rees) Emily Tucker 1994–1996, 2007–
Rhys Llywelyn Jack Quick 1997–2001, 2008–2012, 2015, 2018–
Diane Ashurst (née Francis) Victoria Plucknett 1998–
Jason Francis Rhys Ap Hywel 1998–2007, 2015–
Sara Francis (née Thomas) Helen Rosser Davies 2000–2007, 2015–
Anita Pierce Nia Caron 2001–
Britt White (née Monk) Donna Edwards 2002–
Garry Monk Richard Lynch 2002–
Iolo Davies-White (née White) Dyfan Rees 2002–2005, 2007, 2009–
Siôn White Jeremi Cockram 2002–
Gwyneth Jones Llinor ap Gwynedd 2003–
Kelly Charles (née Evans) Lauren Phillips 2003–2007, 2015–
Ffion Llywelyn (née Roberts) Bethan Ellis Owen 2004–
Debbie Collins Maria Pride 2005–2006, 2008–
Ricky Jones Tomos West 2005–
Aaron Dafydd Monk Osian Morgan 2006–
Dani Monk (née Thomas) Elin Harries 2007–
Eifion Rowlands Arwel Davies 2007, 2008–
Colin Evans Jonathan Nefydd 2008–
Gaynor Llywelyn Sharon Roberts 2008–
Esyllt ‘Izzy’ Evans Caryl Morgan 2008–2010, 2012, 2019–
Gwern Harley Jones Elis Lloyd Hughes 2010–
Jim Probert Alun ap Brinley 2011–
Arwen Hedd Evie Rose Jenkins 2012–
Richard 'DJ' Ashurst Junior Carwyn Glyn 2014–
Esther Llywelyn Eira Adoh 2016–
Mathew Price Mark Stuart Roberts 2016–
Tyler Davies-White (née Davies) Aled Llyr Thomas 2016–
Ifan Francis Ioan Arnold 2017–
Greta Davies-White Bella Marie Dennis 2017–
Seren Monk Maggie Edith Taylor 2017–
Huwi-John Probert Frazer McCann 2018–
Jaclyn Parri (née Ellis) Mali Harries 2018–
Gerwyn Parri Aled Pugh 2018–
Tesni Parri Lois Meleri-Jones 2018–
Guto Parri Owain Huw 2018–
Brenda Parri Sharon Morgan 2018–
Dylan Ellis Gareth Jewell 2019–


  1. ^ "Pobol y Cwm: 40 facts to mark 40 years of the soap on its 40th birthday". WalesOnline. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Menna, Baines; Lynch, Peredur I., eds. (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. p. 688. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6.
  3. ^ S4C viewing figures
  4. ^ Welsh BBC adds to drama output, The Independent, 9 February 1993
  5. ^ Jones, Chloe. "Brill news if you're a Pobol y Cwm fan". Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  6. ^ Outdoor filming for the pub used to take place at The Sportsman's Rest Inn Peterston-super-Ely.
  7. ^

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