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06/09/2002

BBC Wales' Autumn season aims high

BBC Wales has unveiled an autumn season that aims to bring some visually stunning highlights to the screen.
One of the linchpins of the new season is 'Mountain', a six-part series following the lives and times of those for whom Cadair Idris is the provider - of work, leisure and proof of man's fragility.
The series traces the history of Cadair Idris from its prehistoric volcanic beginnings to today's boulder-strewn summit, spanning the green pastures farmed by the Evans family and mysterious waters of its lake below.
A source of endless joy for those seeking geological and botanical marvels, a source of income for farmers and those catering for tourists and a source of strength for the many who seek more spiritual planes.
Also seeking enlightenment and delving back into history this autumn is Huw Edwards, who discovers the events that shaped the Welsh language over the centuries in the landmark series 'The Story of Welsh'.
There are big hitters in comedy terms too. Gareth Gwenlan, who produced Britain's favourite sit-com series 'Only Fools and Horses', has turned his talents to a home-grown hit, 'High Hopes', written by Boyd Clack who penned the BBC Wales cult series, 'Satellite City'.
Starring Belonging's Steve Meo, Robert Blythe, Margaret John and Ben Evans, the comedy follows a life of crime in Cwm Pen-ôl (Backside Valley!) where ageing agoraphobic "Fagin" (Blythe) orchestrates his mam (John) and homeless teenage tearaways Dwayne (Meo) and Charlie (Evans) to carry out his crackpot criminal schemes.
There's a sexy, secretive drama when 'First Degree' hits the screens - a 10-part drama offering from BBC Wales, which is premiering on the digital service BBC 2W. Set on a futuristic Big Brother-style college campus, with a fresh-faced cast ready to make their mark, the story follows the multi-media whizzkids whose technical ambitions know no bounds, leaving them open to exploitation by grasping college dons who offer no grades - just the chance to trade their ideas to pay off tutorial debt.
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