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BBC commissions “The Story of Wales”

Green Bay Media is enlisting BBC News at Ten presenter Huw Edwards to tell the history of Wales in a six-part series for BBC Cymru Wales.
June 23, 2011

Green Bay Media is enlisting BBC News at Ten presenter Huw Edwards to tell the history of Wales in a six-part series for BBC Cymru Wales.

The Story of Wales, set to air on BBC One Wales early in 2012, begins with the earliest known human burial in Western Europe, 29,000 years ago.  From there the series will cover the Welsh at the heart of the Tudor court, to the coal mines and iron works right up to present day devolution.

The series will be made in partnership with The Open University, marking the first direct collaboration with BBC Cymru Wales to receive OU funding. Filming will start in the summer of 2011.

“This really is a dream come true for me,” said Edwards. “How could any Welsh broadcaster not be energised by the challenge of telling the nation’s story?”

Elis Owen, head of commissioning for BBC Cymru Wales, added, “ We’re delighted that Huw will present The Story of Wales which promises to be an accessible look at our history. So many people do not realise how influential Wales has been down the centuries and I’m sure the series will enlighten many of our viewers. Wales has a great, exciting story to tell.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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