The Story of Wales, produced in partnership with The Open University and the BBC, delves into the nation’s epic history from its earliest foundations to the modern day.
The six part series, presented by broadcaster Huw Edwards, begins with a fascinating reconstruction of the earliest known human burial in Western Europe - the “Red Lady” of Paviland almost 30,000 years ago. The series examines how Hywel Dda united Wales under one law and looks at the Welsh at the heart of the Tudor Court. It discovers how the pace of the country changed as coal mines and iron works flourished putting Wales ahead of the World in the industrial revolution and culminates with an exploration of modern day devolution.
The Open University’s Professor Trevor Herbert is the lead academic consultant on the project, which officially launched at the National History Museum of Wales in western Cardiff last month and begins on BBC ONE Wales at 9pm on 27th February.
Rob Humphreys, Director of The OU in Wales commented: “This is the first bilateral co-production between BBC Wales and the OU in Wales, an exciting new chapter but part of that long and rich tradition of BBC-OU collaboration. The series is not about promoting Wales - although there are always those around who might wish our history to be about that. Our duty as a University - and in particular our unique relationship with the BBC, is to offer those opportunities to learn, opening up the challenges of discovering new perspectives, debates and discoveries.”
To accompany the series the OU in Wales will be organising a number of public events throughout the year that will seek to explore the subject further. There is also a free booklet ‘Icons of Wales’ that can be ordered via the Open Learn website - open.edu/openlearn/storyofwales.
In addition, BBC Radio Wales in partnership with The Open University will broadcast a six-week series ‘Histories of Wales’ which will look at themes such as radicalism, migration, the family and war, with presenters including former First Minister Rhodri Morgan, from Sunday, February 19th.
The Story of Wales is a partnership between The Open University and the BBC and is produced by Green Bay Media. The Executive Producer for the BBC is Elis Owen and the Executive Producers for Green Bay Media are Phil George and John Geraint.
Notes to Editors
For further information, online learning materials, request a copy of the Icons of Wales booklet or to select your nomination for an Icon of Wales visit the OpenLearn platform open.edu/openlearn/storyofwales
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