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A New Beginning

The Story of Wales Episode 5 of 6

Huw Edwards presents this major television history of Wales, showing our country in ways it's never been seen before.

It's boom time as Wales becomes known the world over for one particular product - Welsh steam coal, the best you can get. In the space of 50 years, 'black gold' builds a new Wales. The coalfield pulls in hundreds of thousands of migrants with a different language and culture, becoming a bustling modern world of its own. Yet no sooner has Wales found itself at the centre of global trade, than the Depression causes an industrial crash with a bitter social fallout.

1 hour

Last on

Thu 22 Aug 2013 22:35
BBC One Wales, Wales HD only


Role Contributor
PresenterHuw Edwards
Series ProducerPhil George
Series ProducerJohn Geraint
DirectorJeff Morgan
ProducerJeff Morgan

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