Brand new comedy and more music comes to BBC Radio Wales

I'm so excited to be playing a strong gutsy Cardiffian in what I hope is going to be a refreshingly daft and silly sitcom on Radio WalesRuth Jones
Date: 17.07.2017     Last updated: 17.07.2017 at 16.17
Welsh actress and writer Ruth Jones is to bring a brand new sitcom to Radio Wales in February 2018, while current Summer Nights host Janice Long is to become a permanent part of the evening schedule from September.

Ruth Jones (Stella / Gavin & Stacey) will write and star in the new six-part comedy Splott, set in the Cardiff district of the same name.

Splott is the story of Mandy Ferhat (Ruth Jones) - a school cook and single mum to her live-at-home daughter Cherstey. When life gets tough Mandy turns to her bonkers neighbour Val, and her sweet but serial-killer obsessed colleague Kathleen. A passionate, sometimes gung-ho, but big hearted Mandy simply seeks peace, romance and happiness… none of this comes her way without a fight.

Ruth Jones says: "Let's be honest, who can't help but love the name Splott. A name made more loveable by the fact that it's a real place nestled in the heart of Wales's capital. I'm so excited to be playing a strong gutsy Cardiffian in what I hope is going to be a refreshingly daft and silly sitcom on Radio Wales."

DJ Janice Long, who is currently hosting Summer Nights on the station from Monday to Thursday, will become a permanent part of the evening schedule from September, featuring live sessions from big names, and providing a platform for Welsh artists.

Colin Paterson, Editor of Radio Wales, says: “Ruth is one of the biggest comedy talents of her generation; I couldn’t be more pleased that she has agreed to work with Radio Wales. And welcoming Janice in as a permanent part of the existing line-up shows we’re serious about bringing our audience the biggest names.”

Also from September, Wales Today presenter Lucy Owen is the first host of Sunday Morning with… (9.30am -11am), bringing a mix of topical content, music and conversation. It will be followed by Owen Money’s Solid Gold Sunday - a brand new two-hour show of classic hits from the 60s and 70s.

Radio Wales will continue to be the destination for sport coverage every Friday and Saturday. Friday Night Social will offer a full weekly round-up of local, national and international sport news, features and chat. Saturdays will feature all national fixtures and the hugely successful phone-in Call Rob Phillips every week, along with opt-out options for Cardiff City and Swansea City games. Radio Wales will broadcast the key moments for Wrexham FC and Newport County, along with offering full commentary online of every Wrexham FC match.

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