S4C announce two new sports docs, flying the flag for Wales

27 March 2023

Continuing S4C's ongoing strategy to commission high quality content for a global audience, the Welsh language channel have green-lit two new sports docs.

Barn Media, an independent TV production company based in South Wales, to produce a one-off, 1x60 documentary under the working title, Gareth Bale – Byw y Freuddwyd (w/t Gareth Bale – Living the Dream).

A moving and insightful film, directed by Rhys Edwards, celebrates the remarkable story of one of football's most talented players, Gareth Bale. From his early days as a promising young prospect, to his stunning rise to fame with Tottenham and his record-breaking transfer to Real Madrid, this documentary delves into the life and career of this Welsh legend and his place in the pantheon of world football greats. Celebrating his impact on the sport and his legacy as one of the greatest players to ever grace the game.

We get an inside look at what makes Bale tick on and off the pitch as we hear from those who know him best. With rarely seen footage and insightful interviews with teammates, coaches, and Welsh fans, this is the ultimate tribute to one of the greatest players of all time. Interviews are provided by teammates and managers including Harry Redknapp, Theo Walcott, and Rob Page.

Ffilmiau Twm Twm, an indie based company in Y Felinheli, Gwynedd, have been commissioned to produce Qatar - Cymru Ar Ben y Byd (Wales on Top of The World). This is a behind the scenes documentary looking at the experiences of the Welsh football team and the dedicated Red Wall of football fans at a momentous moment in Welsh sporting history. Combining footage from the team's training camp in Qatar with videos filmed by some of Wales' most dedicated supporters with brand new interviews, this is an unusual look back at one of the most memorable months in Wales. Though a historic high, it was also a time of great disappointment for team and supporters alike, though Welsh language and culture were showcased on an international stage at a time of great excitement.

Gareth Bale - Byw y Freuddwyd (Gareth Bale – Living the Dream) (working title) is a 1x60 from Barn Media for S4C, commissioned by Llinos Wynne, Head of Docs and Specialist Factual at S4C. Rhys Edwards is Director, Dafydd O'Connor is Producer and Ceri Barnett is Exec Producer. Qatar - Cymru Ar Ben y Byd (Wales on Top of The World), is a 1x60 from Ffilmiau Twm Twm and can be seen on S4C on Sunday 2 April at 9.00pm. Producer is Gwion Hallam.

Iwan England, Head of Unscripted at S4C said:

"Live sports has been a cornerstone of S4C's broadcasting since its earliest days, and we're proud to be able to tell emotionally stirring and pride inducing stories as part of our sports documentaries slate. Football has provided the nation with some of its biggest highs and most memorable collective moments in recent years, as well as a few disappointments along the way, and these documentaries will tell the stories of some of our most dedicated supporters as well as our biggest star."

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