Story of Wales highest rated TV programme this year

Audiences have rated BBC Cymru Wales new landmark series The Story of Wales more highly than any other BBC TV series this year.

In an appreciation measure used by the BBC, The Story of Wales, presented by Huw Edwards, scored top marks so far in 2012. Taking the whole of 2011 into account too, The Story of Wales audiences say they have enjoyed it more than any series across the BBC network, excepting only Frozen Planet.

Made by Green Bay Media for BBC Cymru Wales in conjunction with The Open University in Wales, the series has followed Wales history from more than 30,000 years ago to the mid 19th century. The remaining two episodes, to be screened on Monday, March 19 and 26, bring the story up to the present day.

Elis Owen, Head of Commissioning for BBC Cymru Wales, said, The reaction to The Story of Wales has exceeded every expectation and we are delighted that so many of the Welsh viewing public have taken such an interest in the story of our nation. Wed like to thank Huw Edwards and the Green Bay Media production team for delivering this ground-breaking series.

Series Producers Phil George and John Geraint of Green Bay Media said, The audience has taken The Story of Wales to its heart. Now we know just how much theyre enjoying the series, a reaction that tallies with the wonderful response were getting directly from viewers by letter, phone and online. Theres a real sense of discovery and pride for people in the way Huw Edwards has brought The Story of Wales to life.

Excerpt from Welsh Icons news blog, 20 March

The Story of Wales began on 27 February at 9pm on BBC One Wales (available for those outside Wales on Sky channel 972, Freesat 964, or Virgin 864). Find more information on the BBC’s Story of Wales page; or visit The Story of Wales Facebook page.

BBC Radio Wales will broadcast an accompanying six-week series Histories of Wales, which looks at themes such as radicalism, migration, the family and war, with presenters including former First Minister Rhodri Morgan, from Sunday 19 February.

Discover more about history, including that of Wales, here, about our heritage studies here, and our qualifications here.

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