|Pobol y Cwm|
|Country of origin||Wales|
|No. of series||44|
|No. of episodes||7,000+|
|Producer(s)||Llyr Morus (since 2008)|
|Running time||25 minutes per episode (including commercial breaks)|
|Original run||October 16, 1974 – In Production|
Pobol y Cwm (People of the Valley) is a Welsh language television soap opera, produced by the BBC and first screened in October 1974. It is the BBC's longest-running TV soap, and is broadcast in Wales on the Welsh language network, S4C.
Currently, five 25-minute episodes are broadcast per week, and an omnibus edition is shown on Sundays.
The show is set in the fictional village of Cwmderi, located in south west Wales, between Llanelli and Swansea. The action takes place mainly in the village and the residential houses, but also in the businesses, such as Y Deri, Awyr Iach, and the farm Penrhewl. Less frequently used sets include the salon, APD and Siop Sioned.
As with all Welsh language shows, Pobol y Cwm is aimed at a small and specialised audience. Within Wales, 600,000 people (just 20% of the country's population) are able to speak Welsh; the vast majority can only speak English.
Familiarity with Welsh is increasing, however, as there is currently a drive to promote the use of the language and to teach it to children in schools.
Although small (around 40'000 viewers), Pobol y Cwm's audience is extremely loyal. When an episode of the show was cancelled following John Lennon's murder, so that a tribute to the singer could be broadcast, the BBC was inundated with complaints.
- Dai Ashurst - Emyr Wyn
- Sabrina Ashurst - Gillian Elisa
- Diane Francis - Victoria Plucknett
- Jason Francis - Rhys Ap Hywel
- Sara Francis - Helen Rosser Davies
- Mark Jones - Arwyn Davies
- Debbie Jones - Maria Pride
- Kathleen Jones - Siw Hughes
- Stacey Jones - Shelley Rees
- Ricky Jones - Tomos West
- Johnny Mac - Brian Hibbert
- Sheryl Hughes - Lisa Victoria
- Julie Hughes - Grug Maria
- Brandon Monk - Nicholas McGaughey
- Garry Monk - Richard Lynch
- Britt Monk - Donna Edwards
- Rhiannedd Frost - Lisa Palfrey
- Sion White - Jeremi Cockram
- Huw White - Rhys Hartley
- Gwyneth Jones - Llinor ap Gwynedd
- Anita Pierce - Nia Caron
- Kelly - Lauren Phillips
- Jinx - Mark Flanagan
- Erin - Kate Jarman
- Kim - Rosalind Richards
- Rhodri Lewis - Marc Llewellyn
- DI Gwyn Lewis - Emyr Bell
- Lydia Lewis - Elen Morgan
- Ronnie Steadman - Wayne Cater
- Lucy Steadman - Heledd Baskerville
- Denzil Rees - Gwyn Elfyn
- Anti Marian Rees - Buddug Williams
- Johnny Torino - Brian Hibbard
- Liam Torino - Sion Ifan Williams
- Article partly derived from the Wikipedia article Pobol y Cwm