Huw Edwards presents The Story Of Wales

This really is a dream come true for me. How could any Welsh broadcaster not be energised by the challenge of telling the nation’s story?"Huw Edwards
Date: 19.09.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.59
Category: BBC Two; Wales
BBC News At Ten presenter Huw Edwards is to tell the story of Wales from pre-history to modern times in a landmark television series commissioned by BBC Cymru Wales from Green Bay Media, to be screened for the first time to UK-wide audiences on BBC Two in October.

One of BBC Cymru Wales’ most ambitious series ever, The Story Of Wales will trace the history of the Welsh nation from 30,000 years ago to the present day.

From the Ice Age to the Information Age, Huw brings the magical, thrilling and surprising story of the Welsh nation to life.

The Story Of Wales is packed with heroes and triumphs, grand dreams and great endeavours. From a land of story-tellers, this is the story of the land itself and the people who’ve shaped it. Huw tells the compelling story of our nation, shot on location across the country, with dramatic reconstructions and impressive CGI.

The Story Of Wales starts with a reconstruction of the earliest known human burial in Western Europe - that of the 'Red Lady' of Paviland - almost 30,000 years ago. Its epic story runs through Hywel Dda’s uniting of Wales under one law; the Welsh at the heart of the Tudor court; the immense pace of change in the country as coal mines and iron works flourished - with technological and educational innovations putting Wales ahead of the world in the Industrial Revolution; and right up to present-day devolution.

Huw Edwards says: “This really is a dream come true for me. How could any Welsh broadcaster not be energised by the challenge of telling the nation’s story?

“I am aware that working on this series - a once-in-a-generation event - is a real privilege. Above all, The Story Of Wales needs to engage audiences in Wales and beyond. After all, we have a great story to tell.”

The Story of Wales is made by Green Bay Media for BBC Cymru Wales in partnership with the Open University in Wales. A dedicated website bbc.co.uk/storyofwales includes extra clips, information and blogs.

The Story of Wales, Tuesday, 2 October, BBC Two, 7pm

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