Hinterland: Season 1, Episode 3

Penwyllt (12 May 2014)

TV Episode  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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A body is found in the depth of a flooded quarry near the remote village of Penwyllt. The investigation tries to discover who he was and if his death was an accident.


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Episode credited cast:
Richard Harrington ...
Tom Mathias
Mali Harries ...
DI Mared Rhys
Hannah Daniel ...
DS Sian Owens
Alex Harries ...
DC Lloyd Ellis
Aneirin Hughes ...
Chief Supt Brian Prosser
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heledd Baskerville ...
Lowri Rees
Ifan Huw Dafydd ...
Tommy James
Richard Elis ...
Gwilym Morgan
Wyn Bratton
Rhys Griffiths ...
Defi James
Rhys Parry Jones ...
Dic Rees
Brychan Llyr ...
Beth Robert ...
Gwyneth James


A body is found in the depth of a flooded quarry near the remote village of Penwyllt. The investigation tries to discover who he was and if his death was an accident.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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12 May 2014 (UK)  »

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16:9 HD
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A body in a quarry
12 May 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode involves the case of a body discovered by divers in a flooded abandoned quarry near the remote village of Penwyllt. DCI Mathias and his team ask the locals if they have any idea who it could be but they all claim to have no idea. Forensics proves that the man had drowned but not in the quarry so it was definitely murder and when the man is identified it is somebody the villages knew. Apparently he stayed there a little while, while his camper van was being fixed then left without saying good bye. The only initial suspect is a loner who lives in a caravan in the woods; he has already served time for arson and has no alibi for the night of the murder; however he denies being involved. When there is a second death it looks like the real guilty party has been overcome by guilt and shot himself… that is until forensics prove this was another murder. As the investigation continues motives emerge but it will be a while before the case is solved.

Three episodes in and things are still bleak in West Wales; the remote village seems unwelcoming and there are further hints at problems in DCI Mathias' personal life. The case was fairly gripping and the identity of the killer was not obvious… just about everybody was a suspect and at one point I even thought that the first suspect to emerge may have done it even though that is seldom the case in such stories! Once again the acting was solid from both regular and guest cast members and the show was filmed in a way that nicely captured the rugged beauty of the area in a way that didn't feel like an advert from the local tourist bureau. Overall this was another quality episode.

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