Welsh noir series BANG makes explosive return in 2020

10 January 2020

A new decade brings a brand-new year of Welsh drama, and S4C will be kicking off 2020 with a Bang.

Produced by Joio, the BAFTA-Cymru and Celtic Media Festival award-winning drama, Bang, a six-part bi-lingual crime drama, is currently shooting in Port Talbot and will premiere on S4C in February next year.

The much-awaited second series will follow Detective Sergeant Gina Jenkins (Catrin Stewart), as she attempts to solve a series of killings apparently connected to an historic rape allegation.

Written by BAFTA award-winning, Roger Williams, the first series of Bang was shortlisted for the prestigious Writers' Guild Award and is notable for its ground-breaking use of two languages and striking location.

Creator, Writer and Executive Producer, Roger Williams said: "At the heart of this second series is a compelling story about revenge and the desire to reveal the truth about an historic crime. Bang delivers the story in an individual and unique style by harnessing two languages, strong performances and the stunning industrial landscape of the steel town of Port Talbot."

As well as attracting critical acclaim, the series also became the first S4C drama to be acquired by the BBC in its original form and has been sold to territories worldwide, including North America and Sweden.

Amanda Rees, S4C Director of Content, said: "S4C is thrilled to see the return of Bang in 2020. The pioneering drama is hailed as one of S4C's Originals, and the award-winning crime thriller, set in the heart of one of Wales' industrial capitals, has raised the profile of Welsh drama across the world."

This second series of Bang dissects the theme of power; the power certain men wield over women, the individuals who enable this behaviour to go unchecked and the victims' search for justice.

The story begins with the murder of a 30-year old man in unusual circumstances on the waterfront of the steel town of Port Talbot. Little do detectives Gina and Luke realise that the murder victim is just the first victim in a series of murders that will go on to be connected to an historic rape accusation.

It transpires there's a serial killer on the loose targeting the men who were named by local woman Marissa Clarke in a rape case 10-years previously. The case against the men fell apart before it went to trial and they were never brought to justice…

The series' main cast includes:

Luke (Jack Parry-Jones)

Sam (Jacob Ifan)

Linda (Nia Roberts)

Layla (Suzanne Packer)

Morgan (Dyfan Dwyfor)

Caryn (Hedydd Dylan)

Harri (Tim Preston)

Jeff (David Hayman)

Richie (Chris Gordon)

Dai (Alexander Vlahos)

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