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Last Updated on November 2, 2022 by Stefanie Hutson
British TV fans who like their drama on the thrilling side will be pleased to know that BBC One Wales has a brand-new crime drama.
The new show, called The Pact, is set to become BBC Wales' next big hit.
What is The Pact about?
The Pact is a six-part crime thriller produced for BBC Cymru Wales. It tells the story of five friends who experience a shocking and unexplained death that tests the limits of their friendship.
The official synopsis from BBC Wales reads:
“The story follows five friends (Anna, Nancy, Louie, Cat and Tish) in the aftermath of a shocking and unexplained death where a chain of events forces them into a fragile pact of silence, bound by a secret that will change their lives forever. The drama will follow the story of five friends, a sudden death and a web of lies.”
BBC Wales shows such as Keeping Faith, Hinterland, and Hidden have been a hit with audiences who are drawn to crime stories and the beautiful scenery of Wales.
BBC Cymru Wales Head of Commissioning Nick Andrews said:
“The Pact is such an exciting commission for BBC Wales. It builds on our strong portfolio of impactful drama, and like Hinterland, Keeping Faith and Hidden before it, brings together the best in the business to do their best work. It’s a brilliant story and the strong cast and crew make this a highly anticipated series.”
Who's Starring in The Pact?
The series boasts an impressive cast with Breaking Bad star Laura Fraser taking centre stage alongside Julie Hesmondhalgh (Broadchurch, Coronation Street), Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan) and Abbie Hern (The Twilight Zone).
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A host of established Welsh talent including Aneurin Barnard (The Personal History Of David Copperfield, Dunkirk), Eiry Thomas (Keeping Faith), Heledd Gwynn (Ordinary Lies), Aled ap Steffan (Gangs Of London), Jason Hughes (Midsomer Murders) Mark Lewis Jones (The Crown), and Rakie Ayola (Grace) will also star.
The Pact is written and created by Pete McTighe (Doctor Who, A Discovery Of Witches, Wentworth), produced by Catrin Lewis Defis (Bang, Eternal Beauty) and directed by Eric Styles (Hidden) and Rebecca Johnson (The Flash). The Pact is produced Cardiff-based by Little Door Productions,
Where is The Pact Filmed?
The Pact was filmed in locations including Merthyr Tydfil and Cardiff.
Laura Fraser said of filming around Merthyr Tydfil:
“We filmed in two different woods, which were stunning.”
Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh said:
“We filmed in some completely beautiful places. The woods at Pontsticill are where a lot of the action takes place and you'll see that beautiful landscape in all climates. As did we! It's a stunning place.”
The Pact Air Date – When Does the Pact Premiere and Where Can You Watch It?
The Pact will premiere on May 17th on BBC One and the second episode will air on May 18th.
The other episodes will then air on BBC One on Mondays and Tuesdays for the remainder of the series.
Fans in the US can watch it on Sundance Now or AMC+.
Will You Be Watching The Pact?
With the cast lineup, plot, and beautiful filming locations, we're looking forward to this series! Are you excited for this Welsh thriller? Let us know what you think!
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