Netflix is set to release its first ever Welsh language drama Dal y Mellt which translates as ‘Catch The Lightning’, an S4C hit crime thriller about a group of misfits coming together for a heist.

The channel has already seen huge success with foreign language shows as The Killing and The Bridge, while the South Korean series Squid Game had some of the biggest audiences the channel has ever seen when it came out in 2021.

Abacus Media Rights have sold S4C’s Welsh-language crime caper drama, Dal y Mellt (Rough Cut) 6 x 60min, to Netflix. This will be the first Welsh language only drama licensed on Netflix and will stream on Netflix UK from April 2023.

Dal y Mellt was released last October as a Box Set on S4C Clic and BBC iPlayer and garnered critical acclaim and proved a rating hit for the Welsh-language broadcaster.

The drama, produced by Vox Pictures, is an adaptation of Iwan ‘Iwcs’ Roberts first novel of the same name. Novelist Iwan ‘Iwcs’ Roberts also wrote the script and co-produced the drama with Llŷr Morus and directed by Huw Chiswell.

Dal y Mellt follows the troubled story of the main character Carbo as he is drawn into a world of wrongdoing, lies, secrets and heartbreak. The series starts out on the dark back streets of Cardiff then moves back and forth between Cardiff, Soho, Porthmadog and Holyhead.

The cast includes Mark Lewis Jones as Garage boss Mici Ffin, Gwïon Morris Jones who plays the central character Carbo, Graham Land plays Les with Siw Hughes playing his mother, Meri-Jên. Dyfan Roberts plays Gronw, with Lois Meleri-Jones playing his daughter Antonia and Owen Arwyn as his son Dafydd Aldo. Ali Yassine portrays Cidw.

Dal y Mellt – S4C

S4C’s Chief Executive Officer, Sian Doyle told us…..

“This is fantastic news for Welsh language drama. The popularity of international dramas on Netflix globally, proves there is an appetite for exciting quality drama regardless of language. Dal y Mellt (Rough Cut) is testament to the calibre of talent producing drama out of Wales.

To sell a Welsh language only series to a major Global streamer like Netflix sets out our ambition to take Welsh talent and language to the world and creates further exciting opportunities for S4C.

Our Welsh language dramas stand shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the world, S4C has a long history of selling co-produced dramas – Y Gwyll (Hinterland), Un Bore Mercher (Keeping Faith), Y Golau (Light in the Hall) all bilingual (English/Welsh) back to back productions selling to broadcasters and streamers internationally.”

While talking to the Welsh Affairs Committee at Westminster, Netflix’s Benjamin King said……

“The content made in – and about – Wales ‘travels extremely well’ to worldwide audiences. Wales has consistently loved our well-known and best shows.”

Dal y Mellt will make it to Netflix as six hour-long episodes from this April.

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