In search of HIN­TER­LAND

How the land­scapes of Ceredi­gion be­came Wales’ an­swer to TV Scandi-noir.

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - News Special -

WHEN WE ASKED the ques­tion on CW’s Face­book page: “So who likes BBC One’s Hin­ter­land?”, we weren’t quite pre­pared for the re­sponse.

Eleven thou­sand peo­ple opened the photo we put with it and hun­dreds posted to ar­tic­u­late how much they love this strange, bleak, bru­tal and highly-ac­claimed de­tec­tive drama.

“Gets you to­tally hooked,” said Jen All­ford. “Great sto­ry­line and char­ac­ters,” said Sue Cor­den. “I was an ex­tra in the first se­ries,” in­ter­jected Karen Rosier, mak­ing many peo­ple rather jeal­ous.

But above all, the rea­son ev­ery­one loves it was clear: the land­scape, and the way it’s pho­tographed ( you can see the first two se­ries now on Net­flix).

Set on the murky moun­tains of Ceredi­gion, be­tween Aberys­t­wyth and Devil’s Bridge, Hin­ter­land – or Y Gwyll, mean­ing ‘ The Dusk’ – is what you might call Cymru-Noir. Bor­row­ing the visual styles of Scan­di­na­vian dra­mas like The Killing, it fol­lows the som­bre in­ves­ti­ga­tions of DCI Tom Mathias and DI Mared Rhys as a se­ries of mur­ders and dis­ap­pear­ances bring out the dark se­crets of the cold, water-soaked hills of mid-Wales.

Af­ter three suc­cess­ful se­ries, a new book has set out to cap­ture those wild hills and coast­lines in print. Com­bin­ing land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy by David Wil­son (a su­per­fan of the show) with on-set photos, Hin­ter­land: Ceredi­gion Land­scapes is sump­tu­ous and stun­ning.

“We re­ally wanted to make the land­scape a hero of our se­ries,” says se­ries co-cre­ator and writer Ed Thomas.

“We wanted a place where, even if you turned the vol­ume down, the hero’s ex­is­ten­tial angst would be reflected in what was around him. I like to hope we suc­ceeded.”

Ed was raised in Bre­con, and be­ing a keen walker he orig­i­nally had the stir­ring lines of the

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