High Hopes, 2002
High hopes was a BBC sitcom set in a fictional area of South wales. It was produced by Gareth Gwenlan of Only Fools and Horses fame.
After a pilot episode was broadcast nationwide on the BBC in 1999, a full series with slight differences to the cast and plot was screened on BBC1 Wales. The show ran for thirty seven episodes over six series, broadcast exclusively in Wales, between 2002 and 2008. It returned for a one off special in 2015.
Whilst the series was initially broadcast in Wales it was repeated in 2006 on BBC2 Wales which was available to viewers nationwide via BskyB.
Set in Cwm-Pen-Ôl (which is Welsh for ‘Backside Valley’), a fictional area of the South Wales Valleys. The story revolves around Elsie’s son Richard (known as Fagin) and his dodgy business ventures, assisted by the two boys, who attempted to rob the Hepplewhites’ house in the first episode.
Robert Blythe – Fagin
Steve Meo – Hoffman
Margaret John – Mam
Keiron Self – PC Claude Cox
Boyd Clack – Sergeant Ball
Ben Evans – Charlie
Channel: BBC1 (pilot), BBC1 Wales (series)
Created By: Boyd Clack
Written By: Boyd Clack and Kirsten Jones
Produced By: Gareth Gwenlan
Original Transmission Dates: 2nd October 2002 – 16th December 2008 (series), 23rd March 2015 (special)