The Story Of Wales

April 2015

S1 Ep6 - Wales And Britain

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Wales and Britain - Huw Edwards concludes The Story of Wales with a look at the rapid changes that have taken place over the last 70 years. Wales is fully engaged with building a British welfare state and economy after World War Two. But Welsh language campaigns from the 1960s onwards, followed by the final eclipse of a world of heavy industry in the miners' strike, lead to a new desire for more independence in the government of Wales. As powers shift from London to Cardiff, how well are the pe...
March 2015

S1 Ep5 - A New Beginning

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A New Beginning - 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 bitter social consequences. (From the ...

S1 Ep4 - Furnace Of Change

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Furnace of Change - The Industrial Revolution turns Wales into a global player, bringing unimaginable wealth - and desperate poverty. From Parys Mountain on Anglesey to Copperopolis, Swansea in the south, the copper trade transforms the landscape and economy. Iron does the same for Merthyr Tydfil, making it a world-class centre of technology. This brave new Wales fuels massive social turmoil, riots and uprisings - and leads to the first cries for democracy and workers' rights. (From the UK) (Do...

S1 Ep3 - England And Wales

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England and Wales - Huw Edwards presents this series tracing the history of Wales. It's 1485: a young nobleman sails to the land of his fathers from exile in France. His mission is to capture the English crown. For the first time, a self-proclaimed Welshman will be King of England. Under the dynasty he founds, Wales becomes united with England. For every generation of Welsh people to come, the consequences are huge. But exactly what it means, for the next 250 years at least, depends on whether ...

S1 Ep2 - Power Struggles

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Power Struggles - Journalist Huw Edwards presents this series tracing the history of Wales. This episode spans seven centuries, from the building of a great frontier to Owain Glyndwr's epic struggle for independence. We meet the medieval kings who shaped Wales and watch a nation emerge out of their lust for power and land. Amidst battles with Vikings, Saxons and Normans, Welsh culture flourishes. But the death of the last native Prince of Wales in 1282 is followed by a century of plague and fam...
February 2015

S1 Ep1 - The Making Of Wales

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The Making of Wales - Journalist Huw Edwards presents this new six-part series tracing the history of Wales - from 30,000 years ago to modern times. The story begins with the drama of the earliest known human burial in Western Europe. Huw delves into the biggest pre-historic copper mine in the world, and visits the mesmerising site of an Iron Age hill-fort. He reveals the true scale of the Roman occupation and shows how Welsh saints carried the light of the gospel to the rest of the Celtic worl...