Two new series of hit teen drama series Rownd a Rownd have been commissioned by S4C in a three-year £8 million deal with the show’s producers, Caernarfon and Cardiff-based TV company Nant.

80 half-hour episodes, including Christmas specials, will be produced as a result of the new contract. The company will again collaborate with Grange Hill creator Phil Redmond, who first worked with Nant and S4C as a consultant in 1995 on the launch of Rownd a Rownd.

The award-winning series is filmed entirely on location on a purpose-built set in the town of Menai Bridge on Anglesey.

The drama, which follows the lives of a group of children and their families - working on a newspaper round, is broadcast in a 6.30pm slot on Mondays and Wednesdays, with additional omnibus editions.

Meirion Davies, S4C’s Commissioning Editor Entertainment says, “This new three-year contract will enable Nant to consolidate one of the Channel’s flagship series.

“The aspiration is for drama in preference to soap, which of course means more action, stronger characters and an engaging narrative that zings! In accepting this new challenge the series has an extremely talented team of young writers and a cast to match.”

Rownd a Rownd executive producer, Sue Waters says, “This is very good news for the company, the cast and crew and for the Menai Bridge area.”

Phil Redmond says, “Rownd a Rownd covers the same area as Grange Hill and Hollyoaks so I am delighted to be renewing my link with the programme as it reaches its tenth anniversary. I am also delighted that S4C is continuing its commitment to indigenous programming for young people as a counter to the avalanche of imported programmes that bring with them different cultural values. Kids enjoy the imports, but they prefer more the programmes that reflect their own lives and experiences.”