Following the success of the first two series, Keeping Faith returns for its third instalment with the brilliant Eve Myles back as the eponymous lead for this six-part series and Celia Imrie (Mamma Mia 2, Patrick Melrose) joins the cast.
The brand-new series aired earlier this month on BBC One and has also arrived on DVD and digital alongside Keeping Faith Complete 1 – 3 Box Set. The hit series broke new ground with the complete show filmed in two languages, Welsh as Un Bore Mercher and English as Keeping Faith, with the Welsh versions being aired on Welsh TV S4C, and iPlayer ahead of its national broadcasts.
Production was halted back in March last year following Government guidance for the pandemic, but luckily filming resumed in July allowing for the completion of the third series.
Fans of Keeping Faith won’t be disappointed with the new series. We re-join Abercorran 18 months on from the explosive series two finale and Faith must now contend with Evan as their divorce and custody battle go from bad to worse, and where to go now following the fall out.
Faith tries to remain positive even as her world is crumbling around her – but someone from her past appears and threatens to disrupt the tentative peace Faith has started to find in her life. Will Faith be able to cling on to the tenuous normality she’s constructed?
The new series is very hard hitting on personal crisis, from estranged parents, children with terminal illness, children in the middle of their parents separating and alcoholism. Sadly, viewers will no doubt find something that they can relate to, which is what makes this drama even more powerful than the last.
You can’t help but feel that Faith’s unwavering determination to help others is at the detriment of herself and sadly her family. This ultimately leaves you clutching to the arms of your chair as things seemingly go from bad to worse, walking into one difficult situation after the next. Like many TV dramas, you can’t help but want to get involved yourself, ‘but only if they communicated’ you find yourself shouting.
Despite her own personal world falling apart, Faith wants to show that she has some semblance of control by helping Osian Taylor, who is suffering from an aggressive brain tumour that doctors have declared too advanced to operate on. Will his father win the court hearing? She does everything within her power to give him a better chance of survival when she knows there is little chance for her own personal life. Fixing other people’s problems, so not to deal with her own is a recurring theme throughout all three series.
The gloves are off, there is no holding back in the latest Keeping Faith series. Eve Myles is incredible and compelling as ever as she plays Faith Howells. The series also welcomes back personal favourite Mark Lewis Jones as Steve Baldini and Eve’s actual husband Bradley Freegard (Evan Howells).
Don’t miss series the six-part series on BBC One, and find out what happens as Faith heads towards a final confrontation which will transform her life for ever….