Alan Harris

Curious Under the Stars
  • Curious Under the Stars

    • Annamaria Murphy

    • Alan Harris

    • Meic Povey

    • Aimee Ffion Edwards (Read by)

    • Louise Ford (Read by)

    • Elis James (Read by)

    • Amy Hoggart (Read by)

    • Ifan Huw Dafydd (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Emma Sidi (Read by)

    All eleven series of the mystical drama set in the wild Welsh coastal village of Glan Don

    When Gareth finds his wife Diane in bed with another man, the couple attempt to save their marriage by uprooting from London to the West Wales village where Gareth grew up, and buying the local pub. It's a bit of a dive - the wallpaper's peeling, there are squirrels in the saloon bar and something's growing out of the pool table. But it's got potential, and they're determined to make a go of it.

    Soon, the locals are flocking to The Druid's Rest - and as Diane discovers, her husband's old friends are an eccentric bunch. There's ex-soldier Gwyn, who carries a machine gun everywhere; garrulous waitress Megan; cook Matty, whose dishes cast a spell over everyone who eats them; and enigmatic potman (and narrator) Emlyn, who seems built into the fabric of Glan Don. And then there's Bethan - beautiful, bewitching Bethan, Gareth's teenage sweetheart, who may still have a hold on his heart...

    If the villagers are strange, Glan Don itself is even stranger. Steeped in ancient folklore, it is both eerie and enchanting. The sea is an all-pervading presence, magical and menacing in turn, home to mermaids and submerged forests. On land are haunted caves, dark woods, ruined castles, old lead mines - and legendary beings including ghosts, dragons, witches and the King under the Hill.

    As Gareth and Diane struggle to cope with the dual challenges of running a pub and dealing with the supernatural, will Glan Don bring them closer together - or tear them apart?

    Starring Elis James (Tourist Trap), Louise Ford (Chickens), Amy Hoggart (Almost Royal), Emma Sidi (W1A), Ifan Huw Dafydd (Gavin & Stacey) and Amy Ffion Edwards (Detectorists), Curious Under the Stars takes us deep into a Welsh landscape of myth, magic and mayhem.
    Gareth - Elis James/Sion Pritchard/Richard Elis
    Diane - Louise Ford/Amy Hoggart/Emma Sidi
    Emlyn - Ifan Huw Dafydd
    Bethan - Eiry Hughes/Hannah Daniel
    Gwyn - Matthew Gravelle
    Matty - Siw Hughes
    Megan - Aimee-Ffion Edwards/Gwyneth Keyworth
    Pierre - Lee Mengo
    Gwyneth/Customer - Kath Weare
    Charlie - Donal Gallery
    Magda - Wanda Opalinska
    Gregor - Marc Danbury
    Guto - John Weldon
    Referee/Doctor - Mike Bubbins
    Gertrude - Joanna Scanlan
    Fluffy - Sion Pritchard
    Hadrian - Paul Rhys
    Geraint - John Pierce-Jones
    Fleur - Catrin Stewart
    The Ghost - Owain Gwynn

    Anwen - Juno Robinson

    Created by Meic Povey
    Written by Meic Povey, Annamaria Murphy and Alan Harris
    Directed by James Robinson and Nigel Lewis
    A BBC Cymru Wales Production
    Music: Knee-Deep in the North Sea by Portico Quartet

    ? 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd © 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Alan Harris is a Welsh playwright who has written several plays for BBC radio including The Lighthouse and The Gold Farmer. His play A Good Night Out in the Valleys launched the new National Theatre Wales in 2010 and he has also been awarded a prestigious Creative Wales Award.

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