Press Releases 2017

BBC Radio Wales showcases series produced and co-written by Chris Buxton

19.10.2017

University of Wales Trinity Saint David is delighted to announce that a radio series set in a fictional village in West Wales, that was produced and co-written by BA Digital Film and Television Production lecturer Chris Buxton is being broadcast by BBC Radio Wales.

The Harri-Parris’ Radio Show is set on a farm in the fictional village of Llanllai in West Wales and is loosely based on the experiences of the show's creator, Llinos Mai, who also plays Anni Harri-Parri, the daughter of the farming family at the heart of the show.

Chris said: “The show is a sitcom with songs, and the stories and humour are universal whilst remaining uniquely Welsh, and mainstream whilst subtly subversive. People have described it as everything from 'dark and surreal' to keeping 'the spirit of the Carry On alive and well'. I've produced and co-written the last two series of the radio show and it's always an exciting, creative and all-consuming experience, some of the most fun work I've ever had in my career.

"Every episode has original songs in it, which in this new series range in genres from Metallica-style heavy metal, to punk, from bubble-gum pop to disco to glam rock. Writing the lyrics for the songs is one of the most enjoyable parts of the show for me - I then hand it over to Llinos and the musical director, Dan Lawrence, who compose and arrange the songs and backing tracks, which the cast then sing live to at the recordings."

The regular cast of the show includes Llinos Mai (who created the show, co-writes it and composes the songs), Rhian Morgan (Gwaith/Cartef, Keeping Faith), Oliver Wood (High Hopes), Dan Rockford (Hinterland) and Rhys Ap Trefor (Byw Celwydd, Ordinary Lies).

The show is directed by Owen Lewis, who has directed work extensively in the West End, at the Edinburgh Festival and on tour, with performers such as Jenny Eclair, Stewart Lee, Suggs, Miles Jupp, Simon Munnery and Bridget Christie as well as the Olivier-nominated Eric & Little Ern. 

Chris added: "This is the third series of The Harri-Parris' Radio Show that we've made for BBC Radio Wales and it's the best yet. In this series, there are three episodes plus a Christmas special. First up, the family visit the Llanllai agricultural show and wreak havoc when cousin Deniol takes the art competition a little too seriously and the family's prize stallion gets loose. Next, an election for the village committee causes splits in the family as they campaign against each other. Then, a visit from the new Minister forces the family to put on a sanctimonious front that they can't possibly maintain. And lastly, the family stage the annual village nativity, with a distinctive vision supplied by cousin Deniol, a battle over who will play Mary, a combative donkey and more.

"The Harri-Parris began back in 2010 as a very small scale arts development project with Llinos and a few actors and has grown steadily over the years to become two stage shows that toured Wales and was performed at the Edinburgh Festival. A BBC producer, saw the second of these shows and was instrumental in the show being commissioned by BBC Radio Wales. We’ve been very lucky in that the support we’ve received every step of the way from the BBC, and Jeremy Grange in particular, has been amazing.” 

Note to Editor

Episode 1 was broadcast last Friday and is on BBC iPlayer now:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b096283h

Further Information

Rebecca Davies

Swyddog Gweithredol Cysylltiadau â’r Wasg a’r Cyfryngau

Executive Press and Media Relations Officer

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Corporate Communications and PR

Tel: 01792 483695
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