Welsh Series Hinterland to Stream on Netflix in U.S. and Canada

Pic credit Fiction Factory

I remember hearing all the buzz about the new Welsh TV series, Hinterland aka Y Gwyll last year.  English translation for Y Gwyll is “The Dusk.” There was even a hashtag for it on Twitter.  The series promises to follow in the footsteps of The Bridge (mediocre)  and The Killing (Danish series that set the standard).

Hinterland is labeled as a cop drama and Netflix will be streaming it in the US and Canada.  Date unknown at this time. There’s a trailer in that same link for those want to watch it (forgot to mention it’s in Welsh.) The series was shot in Welsh and in English with no subtitles according to The Guardian. Although I wouldn’t have minded the subtitles as I tend to enjoy listening to dialogue in its original language. 

Here’s the explanation behind the decision to film in English which makes sense I guess:

Hinterland’s star, Merthyr-Tydfil-raised Richard Harrington (not to be confused with the politician), spoke of Welsh being “more poetic and colourful” as a language, but sparer, meaning that scenes in the Welsh version “can end a lot quicker”. And while Welsh brings an almost mythic sort of emotion to the atmospheric landscapes in the series – a staple of the now-established genre – English is said to be better suited to the tropes of detective procedurals.

I’m really excited to see that Netflix is acquiring more of these international series  that you wouldn’t ordinarily have access to like The Fall,  that’s currently streaming and that I enjoyed very much last year. Hinterland was successful enough to have a second season so I am looking forward to watching it when it becomes available. Update: It’s now available on Netflix! 

In the UK the series is said to have already started on April 11th of this year.

Additional reading: Hinterland: the TV noir so good they made it twice  (from The Guardian – 2013)

Mrs. Peabody Investigates blogged about the series last year and goes more in depth and gives the premise of the series.

There’s a Wikipedia entry for the series as well.

Correction to the title originally had “broadcast” and changed to “streaming”

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7 Responses to Welsh Series Hinterland to Stream on Netflix in U.S. and Canada

  1. Oh, good news, Keishon – Thanks for sharing.


  2. Mrs P. says:

    Thanks for linking to my post, Keishon. Really pleased this is going to be available to a wider US and Canadian audience. Great news!


  3. crimeworm says:

    I so enjoyed this – it wasn’t shown in Scotland but a recommendation in the i paper made me check it out on the iPlayer and wow! was I glad I did. Great performances, but it was the atmospheric feel of the series that did it for me – plus the feeling that the past wasn’t so far away. So glad to see it should get the viewership it deserves. Better than the over-rated Broadchurch, anyway. Which was good, but not deserving of the praise HEAPED upon it. If Olivia Colman and David Remnant hadn’t starred, it’d have got nowhere near as many column inches. I much preferred The Fall, with Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan. Looking forward to it’s return.


    • Keishon says:

      Hey crimeworm,

      I SO AGREE with you about BROADCHURCH because I found it mediocre. Too much focus on the community. I enjoyed THE FALL with Gillian Anderson as well and look forward to seeing season two. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback on HINTERLAND which from the previews I’ve seen looks to be fantastic. Plus I love atmospheric shows so looking forward to it!


      • crimeworm says:

        Sorry just realised my Kindle predictive text turned David Tennant into Remnant! I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy Hinterland – I’m just a bit gutted as I’ve seen them all. True Detective was another show that used the atmospheric but also seedy and slightly claustrophobic atmosphere of Louisiana – you could totally imagine farms like the one they arrived at that are so deep in the state they aren’t even on the map. Some echoes of James Lee Burke in True Detective too – I heard Iberia Sheriff’s department mentioned, home to Dave Robicheaux! I found v little atmosphere in Broadchurch, as you say, it was all about the community. Maybe that was the point – it’s Everytown – but you need to build tension somehow, and without that creeping sense of dread you’re taking your audience nowhere exciting!


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