The body of Idris Williams is discovered at a lonely farm. The investigation in to the death of the sixty-nine year old victim uncovers a brutal past.

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The body of Idris Williams is discovered at a lonely farm. The investigation in to the death of the sixty-nine year old victim uncovers a brutal past.

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In the English version, when Mared Rhys is sealing the envelope at the end, one shot clearly shows the envelope addressed in Welsh, but in the next shot it is in English. See more »

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DC Lloyd Ellis: [Reporting on his research] Talygroes has been empty for the last 40 years. The man who used to live there was called Eric Roberts, died in 1974. After he died, ownership of the farm was passed to his neighbor.
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Stolen Land
5 May 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This, the second episode of this BBC Wales drama, sees DI Tom Mathias and his team investigating the murder of Idris Williams. He was a loner who lived in a remote farm, miles from anybody else. Somebody must have been their though as an anonymous call alerted the police to his murder. When the investigation gets underway we learn that although he had lived there all his life the property didn't belong to him; his father had bequeathed it to a local trust on condition that Idris could live there. We also learn of a second farm which was gradually swallowed up by Williams' property although there is no record of why its owner would transfer his land; he certainly didn't sell it.

As with the opening episode the motives for the killing date back many years; in this case as far as the war although this time its isn't quite as dark; a plot involving escaping POWs isn't as grim as child abuse by any stretch of the imagination. While that doesn't necessarily make it better (or worse) it is less downbeat… until the ending. The story is well told with more than one suspect and a few possible motives. Once again the cast do a fine job; Richard Harrington does a fine job as DCI Mathias and Mali Harries is very likable as his sidekick DI Mared Rhys… a bit of a surprise to have a sidekick who isn't a sergeant! As before there is plenty of beautifully bleak countryside to admire thankfully without feeling like an advert from the Welsh Tourist Board. Overall another fine episode.


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