Traed Lan

  • calendar Monday 14 March 9.30

The second series of Traed Lan (Feet Up), which starts tonight on S4C (14 April) at 9:30, looks at funeral directors and embalmers work and everyday lives. The programme will also lift the lid on the private and secretive world of the funeral directors.

As we saw in the mini-series in 2012, after years of following tradition, things are now changing. Black is not the only colour. Personal choice is affecting how we depart from this world. One thing hasn't changed. It can be a very emotional process - something that funeral directors deal with on a daily basis.

S4C cameras have been following a number of funeral directors over the last 12 months as they meet the needs and fulfil the wishes of the departed, the dying and their family and friends.

This, the first of six programmes, we will be visiting Anglesey to meet Arwel Hughes and his brother Ieuan; we'll meet Hefin Williams in the former mining valley of Cwm Gwendraeth, Carmarthenshire and the colourful character Gareth Jenkins in Port Talbot.

They know the vast majority of their clients in the rural closely-knit community - but knowing your clients so well can offer its own challenges. Tonight, Gareth Jenkins will be preparing for his friends funeral, and responding to his last wishes by getting a JCB instead of a hearse to carry him to his final resting place.

These are three family businesses where people live and work in the realms of death. But they can still bring a smile to your face at the saddest of times.