Critically acclaimed Welsh detective series Hinterland is off to Germany, thanks to a new international rights deal.
All3media International has said that German public broadcaster ARD has picked up the rights to screen Y Gwyll/Hinterland in the country.
The Aberystwyth-based show has already received a lot of global interest, having been sold to Australia, Iceland, Holland, Belgium, France, Finland, Norway and New Zealand. It has also been picked up for broadcast in North America and Canada by online streaming company Netflix.
“We’re delighted to see so many major players in broadcasting throughout the world taking this gripping series following its original airing on S4C in 2013,” said Ian Jones, Chief Executive of S4C.
“From the USA and Canada, to most of northern Europe - Y Gwyll/Hinterland is already proving to be a very successful Welsh export. With the second series in the pipeline, we’re confident that DCI Mathias and his team will bring about further success in future.”
The Welsh language version of Hinterland, Y Gwyll, is also set to be the focal point of Belgian channel VRT’s summer Crime Festival. The drama will premier at the start of a special season of crime series from around the world, and will be repeated in English later in the year.
Back here in the UK, two Hinterland DVDs will be available later this year, of the original Welsh and subsequent bilingual versions.