What TV’s on at BAFTA in September? Including Pili Pala, Motherland, Un Bore Mercher (Keeping Faith) and Rhys Ifans


Every Tuesday, TMINE flags up what new TV events BAFTA is holding around the UK

August has been pretty quiet for BAFTA events – although it’s not like I’ve been paying close attention over the holidays – but September is shaping up pretty nicely, particularly for Welsh TV. Here’s what we’ve got so far, as usually we can expect more events as we head into September itself:

  • A preview of S4C’s Pili Pala
  • A preview of series 2 of BBC One’s Motherland
  • A celebration of Un Bore Mercher (Keeping Faith)
  • An audience with Rhys Ifans
Pili Pala

Preview: Pili Pala + Q&A

Monday, 2 September 2019 – 6:00pm
Chapter, Cardiff

A chance to see this new drama from S4C, starring Sian Reese-Williams (Craith/Hidden) before it is broadcast later this month. Simultaneous translation and subtitles will be provided.

Sara Morris (Sian Reese-Williams – Craith/Hidden) loves her job. A senior consultant in a Fetal Medicine Department, she thrives on bringing new life into the world and believes passionately in enabling women to have the best births possible, despite working in an overstretched and under-resourced unit. When her friend Elin (Fflur Medi Owen) asks to be put under her care, she’s more than happy to oblige, against the advice of colleagues. She is delighted her friend has finally conceived after years of heartbreak and failed attempts. But when complications arise Sara is put in an impossible position.

Pili Pala centres on a human but ‘bad medical practice’ decision that sets in motion a chain of events and repercussions that threaten everything. Sara’s career is at risk and her personal life is put under unbearable strain.

A drama about family and friendships with universal themes: the perception of loyalty; the storm of betrayal; the desperation of infertility; and the moral and emotional dilemmas of termination.

Set on the north east coast of Wales, Pili Pala showcases both its beauty and the faded memories of past glory: a breathtaking backdrop to a heart wrenching drama.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Nora Ostler Spiteri (Producer), Tic Ashfield (Composer), Phil Rowlands (Writer), Claire Winyard (Director) and Rhys Ap Trefor (Actor) in conversation with Roger Williams (Bang).

To book a members’ ticket please email Ella Maxwell

Public tickets are free and can be booked through Chapter Arts Centre.


TV Preview: Motherland

Monday, 9 September 2019 – 7:00pm 
The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, London, W1J 8LT

A preview of the first two episodes of the new series followed by a Q&A with Anna Maxwell-Martin, Paul Ready & Tanya Moodie. Additional speakers to be announced.

A collective sigh of relief can be heard across the Motherland as a new school term dawns. It’s also dawned on Julia (BAFTA-nominated Anna Maxwell Martin) that she still hasn’t sorted her childcare.  Her wonderful husband has decided to step up to the mark and train for Iron Man.  Amanda (Lucy Punch) and the alpha mums are back in the cafe, rolling up their sleeves for this year’s PTA while Kevin (Paul Ready) has a new work challenge to navigate.  Liz (Diane Morgan) has mastered the art of not giving a damn, and is going back to bed whilst Anne (Philippa Dunne) is just hungry.  There’s a new face joining the scrum at the school gates as mum Meg (Tanya Moodie) makes an impression. 

Written by Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), Holly Walsh (Dead Boss), Helen Linehan (Motherland series one), and Barunka O’Shaughnessy (Timewasters).

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Un Bore Mercher (Keeping Faith)

A Celebration of Un Bore Mercher (Keeping Faith)

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 – 6:30pm
Yr Egin, Carmarthen

Join us for a celebration of Welsh series Keeping Faith and Un Bore Mercher. Filmed in Carmarthenshire with Laugharne, Llansteffan and Carmarthen all featuring as a stunning backdrop to Faith Howells’ yellow mac this will be a chance to celebrate the hit dramas with members of the cast, creative teams and crew in attendance. Further details to follow. A bilingual event with simultaneous translation.

A chance to hear more about the making of this series (having watched series 1 and 2) with the key creatives and members of the cast and crew including Maggie Russell (Executive Producer), Nick Andrews (BBC), Gwenllian Gravelle (S4C), Laurence Love Greed (Composer) and Matthew Hall (Writer).

Tickets are free and can be booked through Yr Egin here.

Rhys Ifans

An Audience with Rhys Ifans

Sunday, 29 September 2019 – 4:00pm
Y Senedd, Cardiff Bay

Join us for an inspiring hour in the company of Welsh film and television actor, Rhys Ifans.

Known for his international, award-winning, roles in The Amazing Spider-Man, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Nanny McPhee Returns, Mr Nice, Notting Hill, Twin Town and many more, Rhys will talk about his career to date, what inspires him, his love of Wales and his memory of the journey to devolution with comedian, writer and presenter Daniel Glyn.

This event is part of the programme for Gwlad, a celebration of 20 years of Welsh devolution.

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Public tickets will go on sale on 29 August.