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Christmas starts early on S4C as Pobol y Cwm returns to five-day week

22/10/2015

Christmas is set to start early this year for soap fans as Pobol y Cwm returns to a five-day week on S4C.

The Wednesday edition will return on 16 December at 8.00pm to herald a cracking few weeks of drama when Santa won't be the only one delivering surprises to the characters of the BBC Cymru Wales produced daily drama.

Welsh language broadcaster S4C announced in July that the fifth episode would return, having been cut to four episodes a week at the beginning of 2015.

The fifth episode will herald more gripping storylines and the return of some iconic characters to the evergreen long-running soap celebrating its 41st birthday this week.

The repeat with on-screen English subtitles will be shown the following day and the series will be available on demand and catch-up for 35 days on s4c.cymru and 30 days on the BBC iPlayer.

Now is a good time for people to follow the soap with a number of new characters joining the cast including Vicky (Carli De'La Hughes) and Dolores (Lynn Hunter). As well as the developing key storyline with Sheryl and Hywel that will come to a head over the coming months.

Wednesday night will become a bumper drama night on S4C, with legal drama Dim ond y Gwir continuing on Wednesday nights and drama series Gwaith/Cartref set to return on Wednesdays in January 2016.

Pobol y Cwm Series Producer Llŷr Morus said; "A number of familiar old faces are set to return and will put the proverbial cat among the pigeons – or should I say among the turkeys. A number of other powerful storylines will come to a head over the Christmas period. We need five nights to cram them all in."

S4C Director of Content and Broadcast, Dafydd Rhys said; “It's a great time for the five-day week Pobol y Cwm to return. It will make S4C's Christmas schedule even tastier."

Siân Gwynedd, Head of Welsh Language Programmes and Services at BBC Wales said; "We are glad that the viewers will once again be able to enjoy the drama series every night. Now in its 41st year, it is a series that has stood the test of time and has remained popular because of high production values, great storylines and a strong cast."

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