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Tribute to drama producer Peter Edwards

14/09/2016

Following the news of his death, S4C Authority Chairman Huw Jones has paid tribute to drama director and producer Peter Edwards.

Peter Edwards was responsible for many S4C drama series and contributed greatly during the early years of the Welsh channel. Some of the series he worked on for S4C include Mwy na Phapur Newydd, Bowen a'i Bartner and Yr Heliwr, which was a co-production with ITV with the English version, A Mind to Kill, produced back-to-back. He was also director of the epic drama Pum Cynnig i Gymro which was broadcast on S4C and sold to an international market.

During his career he also took on the role of head of drama at ITV and TAC chairman, the body that represents the independent production sector in Wales.

In tribute, S4C Authority Chairman Huw Jones said, "I was deeply saddened to hear the news about Peter Edwards's death. Pete was a thinker and a philosopher, as well as an incredibly talented film director and producer. He had a strong commitment to film and to the efforts to develop and promote Welsh and Welsh language films. He believed that films held a deeper worth than purely entertainment, and that it played an important role in building and defining a nation and society.

"He played a pivotal role in drama development during the early days of S4C, with back-to-back series such as Yr Heliwr/A Mind to Kill, with Phillip Madoc, breaking new ground and gaining an international audience. He was chairman of TAC a board member of the agency Ffilm Cymru Wales and was unwavering in his determination as a producer, campaigner and committee member as he fought and argued his case with broadcasters and financial bodies to share the vision he so strongly believed in. He will be greatly missed."

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