Channel 4’s brand new documentary about Wales airs its first episode this evening (August 6) and viewers will be impressed by the sweeping Welsh vistas and brilliant Welsh characters included in it.
It’s another TV show that showcases Wales brilliantly, much like Michael Ball’s Wonderful Wales, which you can find out about here. And also Strictly judges and pals, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli recently discovered all that Snowdonia has to offer.
But who does the voiceover for Epic Wales?
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The answer to that is, Cerys Matthews.
The former Catatonia front woman, radio and TV presenter and author and poet, lends her undulating tones to the Epic Wales series, which will run for six episodes.
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Cerys is a regular on BBC 6 Music on Sundays and her last album, We Come From the Sun, celebrated new poetic talent combined with the music of the Hidden Orchestra.
In the first episode you’ll meet just some of the people who live and work in and around the remarkable landscapes of Wales’ three National Parks.
From the jagged heights of Snowdonia in the north, through to the mountains and moorlands of the Brecon Beacons and the wild and rugged coast of Pembrokeshire.
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These places are not just a playground for tourists and adventurers – they’re also home to over 80,000 people.
In episode one, upland sheep and cattle farmer Rhodri Jones, who lives near Bala on the southern side of Snowdonia National Park features. With lambing looming this is one of the busiest times of the year – but an unexpected April snowfall on his family’s mountain makes caring for his pregnant ewes even more challenging.
From the upper reaches of some of Britain’s highest mountains, we head to the coast and the small seaside town of Dale, at the western tip of the Pembrokeshire coast, where Mark Gainfort – the last in a long line of fisherman from the tiny port – embarks on his first trip of the season, laying out his lobster pots and later reeling in the catch, which he sells directly from his boat on the quayside.
Alex Haslehurst one of the abseiling castle repairers
Emily, Dave at the Vale of Ffestiniog railway
Next, it’s inland to the Brecon Beacons and Carreg Cennen Castle. Alex, Ben and Will are climbing pals who love castles, so they’ve combined their twin passions to carry out conservation work on exposed ancient buildings. They effortlessly abseil down the castle’s medieval walls, hacking back the overgrown ivy that threatens the masonry, and taking in a unique view of the surrounding hills.
Finally, father and daughter team Dave and Emily High take a step back in history with a stunning trip through the spectacular Vale of Ffestiniog on the Welsh Pony – a steam engine that’s swapped the slate it used to carry for tourists.
Epic Wales: Valleys, Mountains and Coast is on Channel 4, at 8pm, on Fridays. You can catch up on All4.
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