Keeping Faith, a new drama starring Torchwood actress Eve Myles, is coming to BBC One after proving a hit with Welsh viewers and clocking up over 9.5 million requests on BBC iPlayer.
The series tells the story of lawyer, wife and mother Faith (Myles) as she fights to find the truth behind the sudden disappearance of her husband and was seen by almost 300,000 each week BBC One Wales – the highest audiences for a non-network drama shown in Wales for over twenty years.
Made by Vox Pictures and produced and directed by Pip Broughton, the drama was jointly-commissioned with S4C and originally broadcast in Welsh as Un Bore Mercher. It will be the first time a joint BBC Wales/S4C drama commission has been shown on BBC One across the UK.
Nick Andrews, Head of Commissioning for BBC Wales says: “This series has been a real gem from start to finish – and it’s testament to the strength of drama coming out of Wales right now.
“I’m so proud that audiences across the UK will now get to enjoy everything Keeping Faith has to offer.
“Eve Myles has been utterly brilliant and I know she’d be the first to say she was supported by a remarkable cast and the terrific production team at Vox.
“The increased investment in English-language programming at BBC Wales has been a total game-changer for us and Keeping Faith is one of a series of hits which can be directly linked to the new funding.”
S4C’s Director of Content Amanda Rees says: “This is a huge moment for S4C – the first time an original S4C/BBC Wales drama will be shown on BBC One network and it is testament to what is possible when two, national broadcasters come together and make great things happen.
“That Eve Myles learnt Welsh for the part provides an inspiration for Welsh learners everywhere.”