Two Celtic Nominations For Green Bay

17th February 2014

Two Green Bay productions have been shortlisted for awards at this year’s Celtic Media festival which will be held in St. Ives, Cornwall in April.

BARRY JOHN – THE KING has been nominated in the Factual Single category and WE BEAT THE ALL BLACKS as best Sports programme.

Both documentaries were produced and directed by Dylan Richards, executive produced by John Geraint and broadcast by BBC Wales.


Barry John was once the best rugby player in the world, gifted with almost supernatural skills of judgement, balance and elusiveness. On the Lions Tour of 1971, New Zealand crowned him with the accolade ‘The King’. He was worshipped at home in Wales. But at the height of his powers, he walked away from the game that made his name. In this candid and poignant portrait, Barry John and his family, his friends and his teammates talk about the pressures of fame that forced him to quit. And ‘The King’ reveals the – very different – reality of his life now.


Llanelli. A town built on the sweat of hard men working white hot metal. There was tinplate and iron and steel. Little wonder that the townsfolk were tough, enduring, resilient. And Stradey Park was their cathedral.  On October 31st 1972 the packed congregation had jobs, money and self-belief. On that day of invincible memory, the town knew it could take on the world.  And that day fifteen Llanelli men beat the mighty All Blacks.  Forty years on, the memories are undimmed, the joy still overflows and the tall tales – shared and revelled in by players and by fans – just get taller.

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