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Wales and Hollywood on BBC One Wales

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 16:36 UK time, Wednesday, 20 July 2011

A new documentary from BBC Cymru Wales this week explores Wales' connection with Hollywood.

As Torchwood has recently enjoyed the Hollywood treatment, new documentary Wales and Hollywood takes a look back at the films that have portrayed Wales over the years, stereotypes, clichés and all.

The documentary goes behind the scenes in Los Angeles, and also talks to Welsh actors including Michael Sheen and Matthew Rhys.

In the programme screenwriter Russell T Davies visits the Malibu Park, which 70 years ago doubled as south Wales in How Green Was My Valley.

Watch a clip of Michael Sheen talking about Wales and Hollywood in which he comments on the American view of Britain and Wales, and remarks how some people in Hollywood often can't differentiate a Welsh accent from other variants in the UK and Ireland:

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Also, Torchwood star Eve Myles takes a trip down the Hollywood Walk of Fame to find the Welsh stars who have made their mark in Hollywood. Watch a preview clip from the programme:

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Plus, the documentary tells the story of two rabbit-stealing men from Maesteg who helped change the face of Hollywood movies.

Intrigued? Watch Wales and Hollywood at 10.35pm on BBC One Wales on Thursday 21 July.

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