Huw Edwards launches Green Bay's The Story of Wales

19th January 2012

The Story of Wales, Green Bay’s six part series tracing the history of Wales from 30,000 years ago to the present day is one of its most ambitious, says BBC Wales.

Huw Edwards

The series presenter Huw Edwards launched the series at the National History Museum in Cardiff on 19 January.

A series of events and other programmes will take place around the series to be screened on BBC One Wales next month.

Welsh Heritage Minister Huw Lewis said he hoped it would stimulate fresh interest in Welsh history and culture.

Speaking after the launch Edwards said choosing subject matter for the series proved to be a challenge.

"Some things are obvious," he said. "The death of Llywelyn, the failure of the Glynd?r revolt, the coal boom of the 19th century - these are huge events and we can see the way they have impacted on people.

"But I didn't know they had been mining copper 4,000 years ago on the Great Orme in Llandudno and exporting this material across Europe”

The Story of Wales starts with a reconstruction of the earliest known human burial in Western Europe - the "Red Lady" of Paviland, almost 30,000 years ago.

It explains how Hywel Dda united Wales under one law, looks at the Welsh at the heart of the Tudor court and continues through the Industrial Revolution and right up to present day devolution.

Heritage minister Mr Lewis said: "I hope that the Story of Wales will stimulate interest in, and engagement with, our rich culture and heritage and I'm sure that the series will encourage people to visit some of the locations featured and explore the fascinating culture and history of these places."

The series features many well known historical figures such as Owain Glynd?r, Lloyd George and Aneurin Bevan – and the Open University in Wales will be inviting people to nominate their own Welsh icons.

Alongside a huge amount of other multi-platform activity connected to the series, Green Bay has produced a six-part series debating key questions in Welsh history for BBC Radio Cymru.

The series has been made by Green Bay Media for BBC Wales in partnership with the Open University in Wales.

It starts on Monday 27 February on BBC One Wales at 9pm.

BBC WALES: THE STORY OF WALES - Official Series Website

THE STORY OF WALES - FaceBook Group - Containing Trailers, series and behind the scenes photos.

 

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