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Brand new BBC Cymru Wales crime thriller begins filming

The Pact (L-R: Abbie Hern, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Laura Fraser, Eiry Thomas, Heledd Gwynn)

More thrilling drama is set to hit our screens after BBC Cymru Wales has announced that it has commissioned a brand new crime drama. With a strong cast and gripping storyline, The Pact is set to become BBC Wales’ next highly anticipated hit.

With filming starting this week, the drama will follow the story of five friends, a sudden death and a web of lies.

The Pact brings together a stellar team that has worked on some of the TV’s best-loved dramas. Breaking Bad star Laura Fraser takes centre stage alongside Julie Hesmondhalgh (Broadchurch, Coronation Street) and Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan) and a host of established Welsh talent including Aneurin Barnard (The Personal History of David Copperfield, Dunkirk), Eiry Thomas (Keeping Faith), Heledd Gwynn (Ordinary Lies), Abbie Hern (The Twilight Zone), Aled ap Steffan (Gangs of London), Jason Hughes (Midsomer Murders) and Mark Lewis Jones (The Crown), as well as Gabrielle Creevy, who won Best Actress in the 2019 BAFTA Cymru awards for her role in the hit BBC drama In My Skin.

Produced by Little Door Productions, it is written and created by Pete McTighe (Doctor Who, A Discovery of Witches, Wentworth), produced by Catrin Lewis Defis (Bang, Eternal Beauty) and directed by Eric Styles (Hidden) and Rebecca Johnson (The Flash).

The six-part series is due to air in spring 2021 and is the first commission for the Cardiff-based independent production company Little Door Productions.

The project has received funding from Creative Wales. The production will be distributed by Lionsgate.

BBC Cymru Wales Head of Commissioning Nick Andrews said:

The Pact is such an exciting commission for BBC Wales. It builds on our strong portfolio of impactful drama, and like Hinterland, Keeping Faith and Hidden before it, brings together the best in the business to do their best work. It’s a brilliant story and the strong cast and crew make this a highly anticipated series.”

Elwen Rowlands, joint MD of Little Door Productions said:

“We are excited to be working with BBC Cymru Wales on our first production. Writer Pete McTighe has created a gripping drama that delivers a huge emotional punch. We look forward to working with our wonderful cast and crew to bring the story to screen.”

Nicola Pearcey, President, UK & Europe at Lionsgate said:

“We are so excited to be working with Little Door Productions, Pete McTighe, BBC Cymru Wales and the extended team to bring The Pact to life. It is amazing to be back in production and we cannot wait to bring The Pact to audiences across the world in the near future.”

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas said:

“We are delighted to support Little Door with their first series commission, The Pact, for BBC Wales.  We are confident that the domestic and international talent assembled, both on and off the screen, will further enhance Wales’ reputation as a top class destination for high end TV drama production.”