From the windswept sand dunes of the coastline to the badlands of the hinterland, Aberystwyth is the setting for this brand new 4 part drama series, as seen on the BBC. Into this world steps DCI Tom Mathias (Richard Harrington). On the run from his London past, a brilliant but troubled man, he isolates himself on the outskirts of town, a town filled with secrets as dark and destructive as his own. Partnered with the intelligent and complex DI Mared Rhys they form an engaging relationship as they embark on solving cases that involve the ultimate anti-social crime, murder.
Fantastic series. Original, intelligent scripts brilliantly acted against stunning location shooting. I'm amazed at how this isn't more widely known and appreciated. As for the extras on the 2nd DVD are they worth paying double to have just the first season? Yes they are every bit of them (if you can afford it). Brilliant, really.
ByprisrobTOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 12 August 2017
Hinterland- a remote region, a land beyond the coast.
Over the past year I have been reading several mystery/detective procedural novels based in Wales. The country filled with long desolate highways, curved roads, isolated villages and dark pasts. However, the people are engaging and full of history. Hinterland is a BBC Wales four-part television series set and largely filmed in the coastal town of Aberystwyth, Wales. Now, Netflix has 'Hinterland' to stream into your homes.
In this small town, comes a DCI, Tom Mathias played by Richard Harrington. He fits into the landscape very well, dark and dour without a smile. He has a past history, but we are not to learn about it in this series. He lives in a mobile home on a vast area of land, and the home is as bleak as the man. His colleagues, Mali Harries plays DI Mared Rhys. She has beautiful eyes and knows this land as her own. If you have viewed several BBC series, I don't think you will have any difficulty with the accents. I was able to catch and understand every word.
For a small town, there are murders a plenty. Four episodes fill this series, and in each, the storyline will convince you to continue. The characters are all so well presented. No background, we learn as we go, so to speak. We learn DCI Mathias is an intelligent, excellent detective. He can also lead a group with expertise. His team is well rounded, learning to work together, and no one should be late. The murders are mysterious, and not for the faint of heart. Clever murderers, but the DCI is one step ahead of them. I have recently read that Series 3 has been commissioned.
This series is brilliant, one of the best drama's on tv for a long time. Brooding, dark addictive, I watched the whole series in one hit. Please, please let there be another series? I have seen Richard Harrington in earlier shows like Bleak House (brilliant) and Lark Rise to Candleford (good as well)but he really excells in this, and he is very hunky, a added bonus!
This is an absolutely wonderful, dark, thriller in Welsh with English subtitles. All brilliantly acted - the lead man, Richard Harrington is a dish - you must watch it from the start though and I am hoping against all hope that BBC Wales or whomever made this, is making a new series as it finished here in the UK on BBC4 a week ago and my Saturday nights are not going to be the same......stacks up against the Scandi and French noir thrillers any day!
Love this series. Bought this to leave in our holiday cottage which is situated in the middle of most of the filming. I loved all the extras how they chose the locations, interviews with cast about their characters. Looking forward to the second series.