Bilin­gual crime drama set to go with a bang

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THIS brand-new Sun­day night drama on S4C is a crime series about blood, love and hu­man re­la­tion­ships set in the in­dus­trial town of Port Tal­bot.

Writ­ten by tal­ented au­thor Roger Wil­liams, Bang is S4C’s first-ever bilin­gual drama.

Loner Sam (Ja­cob Ifan) has his life trans­formed when he comes into pos­ses­sion of a gun and starts to break the law.

His am­bi­tious po­lice­woman sis­ter Gina (Ca­trin Ste­wart) is paid to up­hold it – and makes it her per­sonal mis­sion to find the owner of the weapon.

“Sam is a re­ally in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ter to play, be­cause he is a char­ac­ter that goes on a big jour­ney through the whole breadth of the series,” ex­plains ac­tor Ja­cob Ifan, 24.

“He starts off as a bit of a ghost of a man in some ways – he’s al­most an empty shell of a per­son. Ev­ery­thing changes in Sam’s life when he gets his hands on a gun.

“It kind of gives a spark or an­other di­men­sion to his life and Sam’s life starts to spi­ral out of con­trol.”

The fam­ily saga plays out against an in­quiry into the shoot­ing of a lo­cal busi­ness­man that raises trou­bling ques­tions for Sam and Gina about their own fa­ther’s mur­der when they were young chil­dren.

The eight-part series – set and shot on lo­ca­tion in the com­mu­nity of Port Tal­bot and the Afan Val­ley – is di­rected by Philip John (The Hal­cyon, Out­lander, Down­ton Abbey) and Ash­ley Way (Ice, Rip­per Street, Stella, Y Streic a Fi), and pro­duced by Ca­trin Lewis De­fis (The Col­lec­tion, Broad­church).

Bang also breaks new ground on S4C as the drama switches be­tween English and Welsh in an en­tirely nat­u­ral way to por­tray dia­logue as it is spo­ken in this part of Wales.

But what it was like hav­ing to act in two lan­guages within one scene?

“Be­cause I’m bilin­gual, it felt com­pletely nat­u­ral!” says Ja­cob, from Aberys­t­wyth.

“In drama, I al­ways feel that the duty of the pro­duc­tion is to re­flect the so­ci­eties that we live in. It makes this series dif­fer­ent but I think – hope­fully – it works well, sounds nat­u­ral and peo­ple re­late will to it.”

The cast also stars Gil­lian El­lisa, Gareth Jewell, Suzanne Packer, Jack Parry-Jones, Nia Roberts and Chris Reilly.

Port Tal­bot and the Afan Val­ley pro­vide a spec­tac­u­lar back­drop to vis­ceral and com­pelling crime drama Bang

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