Hinterland

Series 3 - Episode 1

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Review

Baleful DCI Tom Mathias stills bears the wounds of the attack at the end of the last series as he surveys the charred wreck of his caravan. OK, so it wasn’t Chatsworth, but it was home.

But he must snap out of his reverie, a minister is found murdered, his head smashed with a hammer, in his gloomy chapel. The victim wasn’t entirely popular, not even with his family, and one former member of the congregation calls him a “self-righteous fool”.

In between long, searching stares at nothing in particular (a Hinterland trademark), Mathias (Richard Harrington) and his right-hand woman Mared Rhys (Marli Harries) visit a series of appallingly decorated front rooms/shacks to interview universally hostile witnesses/suspects.

It’s all terrifically miserable but undeniably atmospheric, though it’s hard to pinpoint what glowers more, the clouds muffling the Welsh hills, or Mathias.

First shown on BBC Wales.

Summary

Return of the crime drama, starring Richard Harrington. The killing of a local minister leads DCI Tom Mathias and DI Mared Rhys to a remote community in the mountains, where they are confronted by a family in grief and a community in shock. The pair must tread carefully as they investigate the life and violent death of the troubled victim. In English and Welsh.

Cast & Crew

DCI Tom Mathias Richard Harrington
DI Mared Rhys Mali Harries
DC Lloyd Ellis Alex Harries
DS Sian Owens Hannah Daniel
Chief Supt Brian Prosser Aneirin Hughes
Iwan Thomas Geraint Morgan
Sioned Jones Lisa Palfrey
Owain Jones Sion Alun Davies
Beca Jones Gwyneth Keyworth
Lyn Edwards Morgan Hopkins
Iola Edwards Gwenllian Rhys
Gareth Thomas Llyr Evans
Manon Sian Reese-Williams
Elin Rhys Sioned Dafydd
Eurof Daniel Phylip Hughes
Morfydd Delyth Wyn
Trystan Meilir Jacob Ifan
GP Haydn Blake Geraint Lewis
Director Gareth Bryn
Executive Producer Ed Thomas
Producer Ed Talfan
Writer Debbie Moon
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