UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned its factual production arm Shiver and ITV Cymru Wales to develop a major documentary to mark the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster.
Directed by award-winning director Marc Evans, Aberfan (w/t; pictured) will explore how the Welsh village of Aberfan has endured following the tragic collapse of a colliery spoil tip – waste rock removed during coal and ore mining – on October 21, 1966. The collapse killed 116 children and 28 adults in the village school after a build-up of water in the waste pile caused a quick-moving slide.
The archive doc, which will also feature interviews with those affected by the catastrophe, will be developed by a Cardiff-based team under the newly created Shiver Cymru banner. It will be produced by Jonathan Hill and was commissioned by Tom Giles, ITV’s controller of current affairs.
The production will build on the success of recent Shiver/TV Cymru Wales commissions for the network current affairs series, Tonight.
“What happened in Aberfan 50 years ago was a national tragedy,” said Giles in a statement. “We hope this film will also offer a fitting and powerful testament to a community that has quietly rebuilt itself. And that it will help younger generations, to whom the story of Aberfan may be less familiar, to understand the impact it still has today.”