“Here’s a man who plays hide and seek with the secret police and cuts his prison cell bars to escape as he faces the gallows”, says Guto Harri in this 60-minute documentary about St John Roberts (repeated on Sunday, 3rd April at 10pm on S4C with English sub-titles). “He acts more like James Bond than a saint. The issues underlying the history are echoed today, dealing as they do with someone considered to be a religious extremist, living abroad and considered a threat to the very fabric of the state.”
8pm St David’s Day our new series on the history of Wales begins with an introductory programme. The series examines the potential of ancestral DNA to contribute towards the understanding of the past.
I have been very struck, while working on it, by a dual theme that emerges: Continuity and Change. Humanity values both of these. Continuity promotes stability, the mastering of skills, the memorialising of the past so that it can feed the future. Change calls out new skills to integrate with established ones and it means encountering people and attitudes that challenge conclusions drawn from hard-won experience.
The material in the series has made me consider the relationship between the body and what we use the body to do; between ‘the givens’ of our lives – our physical inheritance – and the choices we make about our lives – our culture and our approach to life. Continue reading DNA CYMRU series gets underway→
44 mini-documentaries, Welsh and English – Welsh history for schools 7 – 16 years; presenter, Huw Edwards. A Green Bay Media Production for Welsh Government
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The day after a historic service at Westminster Cathedral to commemorate the life of St John Roberts, documentary programme Merthyr Meirionnydd (The Martyr of Meirionnydd) looks at the life story of the Trawsfynydd man who died for his Catholic faith.
S4C 2010. 60-minute documentary presented by Guto Harri