|Pobol y Cwm|
|Created by||Gwenlyn Parry|
|Theme music composer||Endaf Emlyn|
|Country of origin||Wales|
|No. of episodes||8,000|
|Production location(s)||Broadcasting House, Llandaff (1974–2011)|
Roath Lock, Cardiff (2011–present)
|Running time||20-40 minutes|
|Production company(s)||BBC Studios|
(4:3 SDTV, 1974–2001)
(16:9 SDTV, 2002–2016)
(16:9 HDTV, 2016–present)
|Original release||16 October 1974 –|
|Related shows||Rownd a Rownd|
Pobol y Cwm (People of the Valley; Welsh pronunciation: [ˌpɔbɔl ə ˈkʊm]) is a Welsh language soap opera which has been produced by the BBC since October 1974. The longest-running television soap opera produced by the BBC, Pobol y Cwm was originally transmitted on BBC Wales television and later transferred to the Welsh-language station S4C when it opened in November 1982. During its time on BBC Wales it was shown on English transmitters of BBC1 (without subtitles) usually on Tuesday afternoons at 15:20; however BBC Wales did not reshow it in this slot (to avoid having to pay repeat fees), instead they generated Testcard G with music to fill the gap.
Apart from Rugby specials, Pobol y Cwm is consistently the most watched programme of the week on S4C, and in 1994 was briefly shown across the whole of the United Kingdom on BBC Two with English subtitles.
Four episodes are produced each week. These are broadcast at 20:00 between Mondays and Thursdays. The Friday episodes were dropped in 2019, and an hour long episode airs every Wednesday instead. In addition, a weekly omnibus with in-vision English subtitles airs on Sunday evenings.
On 25 September 2019, the soap hit a significant broadcasting landmark when it aired its 8,000th episode.
On 18 March 2020 it was announced that filming for Pobol y Cwm would be suspended in the light of the spread of COVID-19 until further notice. The decision was made after the latest government update. The number of episodes being broadcast would be also be reduced to two a week "so that we can ensure the audience can continue to enjoy Pobol y Cwm in their homes for as long as possible." The episodes would be shown on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the usual time slot 
The setting for the show is the fictional village of Cwmderi, located in Gwendraeth Valley, which is between Carmarthen and Llanelli in south-west Wales. Whilst much of the show's early activity took place at a nursing home, storylines are currently centred on the village pub, Y Deri, and its adjacent small businesses and houses. Other frequent settings for storylines include the comprehensive school, Ysgol y Mynach, and a local farm, Penrhewl. There are two other fictional villages close to Cwmderi, named Llanarthur and Cwrtmynach.
Originally filmed at Broadcasting House, Cardiff, since 2011, the programme has been filmed at the BBC's drama studios at Roath Lock in Cardiff Bay, other than a few on-location shoots around Cardiff. The exterior outdoor high street of Cwmderi was recreated from scratch, while many interiors are shot inside the Roath Lock Studios.
This includes characters who have been in the habit of returning after a long absence.
|Megan Harries||Lisabeth Miles||1974–1996, 2002–2003, 2011–|
|David 'Dai' Ashurst||Emyr Wyn||1978–1984, 2001–|
|Ieuan Griffiths||Iestyn Jones||1988–1992, 1995–1997, 2000–2011, 2019–|
|Eileen Walters||Sera Cracroft||1989–1996, 1998, 2007–|
|Lisa Morgan||Beth Robert||1990–1991, 1996–2000, 2019–|
|Hywel Llywelyn||Andrew Teilo||1990–|
|Cassie Morris (née Nicholas)||Sue Roderick||1991–2004, 2018–|
|Iori Davies||Hugh Thomas||1991, 1993, 1995, 1997–1999, 2002, 2018–|
|Sioned Rees||Emily Tucker||1993–1996, 2007–|
|Kathleen 'Kath' Jones||Siw Hughes||1993–2007, 2014, 2017–|
|Mark Jones||Arwyn Davies||1993–|
|Rhys Llywelyn||Jack Quick||1997–2001, 2008–2012, 2014–2015, 2018–|
|Diane Ashurst (née Francis)||Victoria Plucknett||1998–|
|Jason Francis||Rhys Ap Hywel||1998–2007, 2015–|
|Sara Thomas||Helen Rosser Davies||1998, 2000–2008, 2015–|
|Anita Pierce||Nia Caron||1999–|
|Mai 'Em' Morris||Mirain Evans||2000–2004, 2020–|
|Britt Monk||Donna Edwards||2002–|
|Garry Monk||Richard Lynch||2002–|
|Iolo White||Dyfan Rees||2002–2005, 2007, 2009–|
|Siôn White||Jeremi Cockram||2002–|
|Gwyneth Jones||Llinor ap Gwynedd||2003–|
|Kelly Evans||Lauren Phillips||2003–2007, 2009, 2015–|
|Ffion Llywelyn (née Roberts)||Bethan Ellis Owen||2004–|
|Aaron Monk||Osian Morgan||2006–|
|Dani Monk (née Thomas)||Elin Harries||2007–|
|Eifion Rowlands||Arwel Davies||2007–|
|Colin Evans||Jonathan Nefydd||2008–|
|Gaynor Llywelyn||Sharon Roberts||2008–|
|Esyllt 'Izzy' Evans||Caryl Morgan||2008–2010, 2012, 2019–|
|Gwern Jones||Elis Lloyd Hughes||2010–|
|Arwen White||Evie Rose Jenkins||2012–|
|Richard 'DJ' Ashurst||Carwyn Glyn||2014–|
|Esther Llywelyn||Eira Adoh||2016–|
|Mathew Price||Mark Stuart Roberts||2016–|
|Tyler Davies||Aled Llyr Thomas||2016–|
|Ifan Francis||Ioan Arnold||2017–|
|Greta Davies-White||Bella Marie Dennis||2017–|
|Seren Monk||Maggie Edith Taylor||2017–|
|Huwi-John Probert||Wil Owen||2018–|
|Jaclyn Parri (née Ellis)||Mali Harries||2018–|
|Gerwyn Parri||Aled Pugh||2018–|
|Tesni Parri||Lois Meleri-Jones||2018–|
|Guto Parri||Owain Huw||2018–|
|Brenda Parri||Sharon Morgan||2018–|
|Luned Hughes||Rhianna Loren||2019–|
|Dylan Ellis||Gareth Jewell||2019–|
|Llio Jones||Miriam Isaac||2020–|
- "Pobol y Cwm: 40 facts to mark 40 years of the soap on its 40th birthday". WalesOnline. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- "TV Show directory - Pobol Y Cwm". Retrieved 3 May 2020.
- Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Menna, Baines; Lynch, Peredur I., eds. (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. p. 688. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6.
- S4C viewing figures
- Welsh BBC adds to drama output, The Independent, 9 February 1993
- "Filming on EastEnders, Casualty, Doctors and more postponed". Wales Online. 18 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
- Outdoor filming for the pub used to take place at The Sportsman's Rest Inn Peterston-super-Ely.
- "Cymeriadau'r Cwm". S4C POBOL Y CWM. BBC.