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Issue No. 2377

Y Gwyll/Hinterland is a mystical detective series that let's you learn Welsh

The television thriller Y Gwyll/Hinterland has lots of the qualities that have made the “Nordic noir” series such as The Killing a success.

Set around Aberystwyth in West Wales, it uses the beauty—and harshness—of the landscape to achieve a mystical atmosphere. For most viewers the fact that it is in Welsh with English subtitles will deepen the sense of remoteness.  

In the early episodes Detective Mathias arrives from London to a community where everyone knows everybody and secrets stay secret. A murder opens up the history of a children’s home and a terrible past.  

Y Gwyll is essentially a police series. But as well as having fantastic images of nature and very strong acting it also hints at deeper themes about religion, the treatment of children and women’s oppression.

It’s well worth watching—and you’ll even learn a few words of Welsh.

Charlie Kimber

Y Gwyll / Hinterland is on S4C from Tue of this week at 9pm

Hatchet Job: is the internet doing us damage?

Film critic Mark Kermode is an enthusiastic blogger who sees the advantages of the internet. 

But in this book, Hatchet Job, he also makes a compelling case for what is being lost.

Kermode argues that anonymity online creates a lack of accountability, and warns of a “headlong rush towards instant reaction over considered response”.

Hatchet Job is a valuable addition to a broader debate about the impact of the web.

Alana Knight

Hatchet Job by Mark Kermode is published by Picador

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Tue 29 Oct 2013, 17:25 GMT
Issue No. 2377
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