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Curious Under the Stars

By: Annamaria Murphy,Alan Harris,Meic Povey
Narrated by: Aimee-Ffion Edwards,Louise Ford,Elis James,Amy Hoggart,Ifan Huw Dafydd,full cast,Emma Sidi
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Publisher's Summary

All 11 series of the mystical drama set in the wild Welsh coastal village of Glan Don.

When Gareth finds his wife, Diane, in bed with another man, the couple attempt to save their marriage by uprooting from London to the West Wales village where Gareth grew up and buying the local pub. It's a bit of a dive - the wallpaper's peeling, there are squirrels in the saloon bar and something's growing out of the pool table. But it's got potential and they're determined to make a go of it.

Soon, the locals are flocking to The Druid's Rest - and as Diane discovers, her husband's old friends are an eccentric bunch. There's ex-soldier Gwyn, who carries a machine gun everywhere; garrulous waitress Megan; cook Matty, whose dishes cast a spell over everyone who eats them and enigmatic Potman (and narrator) Emlyn, who seems built into the fabric of Glan Don. And then there's Bethan - beautiful, bewitching Bethan, Gareth's teenage sweetheart, who may still have a hold on his heart....

If the villagers are strange, Glan Don itself is even stranger. Steeped in ancient folklore, it is both eerie and enchanting. The sea is an all-pervading presence, magical and menacing in turn, home to mermaids and submerged forests. On land are haunted caves, dark woods, ruined castles, old lead mines - and legendary beings including ghosts, dragons, witches and the King under the Hill.

As Gareth and Diane struggle to cope with the dual challenges of running a pub and dealing with the supernatural, will Glan Don bring them closer together - or tear them apart?

Starring Elis James (Tourist Trap), Louise Ford (Chickens), Amy Hoggart (Almost Royal), Emma Sidi (W1A), Ifan Huw Dafydd (Gavin & Stacey) and Amy Ffion Edwards (Detectorists), Curious Under the Stars takes us deep into a Welsh landscape of myth, magic and mayhem.

Gareth - Elis James/Sion Pritchard/Richard Elis

Diane - Louise Ford/Amy Hoggart/Emma Sidi

Emlyn - Ifan Huw Dafydd

Bethan - Eiry Hughes/Hannah Daniel

Gwyn - Matthew Gravelle

Matty - Siw Hughes

Megan - Aimee-Ffion Edwards/Gwyneth Keyworth

Pierre - Lee Mengo

Gwyneth/Customer - Kath Weare

Charlie - Donal Gallery

Magda - Wanda Opalinska

Gregor - Marc Danbury

Guto - John Weldon

Referee/Doctor - Mike Bubbins

Gertrude - Joanna Scanlan

Fluffy - Sion Pritchard

Hadrian - Paul Rhys

Geraint - John Pierce-Jones

Fleur - Catrin Stewart

The Ghost - Owain Gwynn

Anwen - Juno Robinson

Created by Meic Povey.

Written by Meic Povey, Annamaria Murphy and Alan Harris.

Directed by James Robinson and Nigel Lewis.

A BBC Cymru Wales Production.

Music: "Knee-Deep in the North Sea" by Portico Quartet.

©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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I only wish it had lasted longer. It was a simply enchanting series… fantastic characters and the performance was fantastic

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  • 04-13-21

ok but not great

loved the fantasy part hated the marriage fights and stupid drama between human characters. if drama doesn't bother you you'll enjoy this book.

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  • 05-27-21

An extremely good story for cosy fireside reading in a little cottage in the woods...

Wonderful imagination.. stretched folklore...and a thoroughly good listen! I loved this story such a lot. I hope I can find more by the author. Also an excellent production. Very well put together and very well acted. Lovers of Wales this is for you.. and me and in fact anybody! All ages! Loved it. My only complaint is... I wish it were so much longer as I didn’t want it to end!

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  • susie
  • 04-16-21

magical and wonderful

loved every single second,made me laugh made me cry.Loved all the characters and episodes.highly recommend

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  • B.W.
  • 07-08-21

The early series are brilliant

Sadly, this continued for too many series and became mired in the deteriorating relationship between Gareth and Diane, hence the 4 stars. However, the early series are magical and remain some of my favourite radio productions ever. The change of lead actor for the penultimate series was jarring (no fault of the performer). There are also a couple of continuity errors, which are irritating but potentially explained by the series conclusion.

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  • Derek
  • 06-18-22

I binge listened!

I've loved this series from the very beginning on Radio 4. To have the complete series to hand whenever i want to listen is a treasure. Whether you listen from the start or dip in to hear the different stories it's an easy listen. The tales are rich, full of Welsh lore and the actors make the characters so believable you can't help but love them all. If you are interested in folklore of our fair isle, real or created, this is a definite and I recommend it to everyone. Happy listening.

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  • gepocock
  • 05-19-22

Dwy’n hoffi Gln Don - I’d love to live there

What a lovely listening experience. I spent hours listening to those glorious Welsh accents. Makes me appreciate my heritage. But it’s more than that, it’s the mix between the magical and reality of Glan Don. A touch of faerie.

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  • Sounds With Vision
  • 03-09-22

An absolute worthy listen

Disappearing into this series has been an absolute pleasure, really recommend listening, the narration is beautifully done, with a soft calm Welsh accent.

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  • Lou Kellett
  • 02-22-22

Damn near perfect.

I laughed, I cried, I learnt some Welsh mythology. Absolutely loved this, it's wonderful.

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  • YC
  • 11-20-21

Welch fantasy folklore

Mystical folklore meets coastal village with colourful funny characters.
Ioved how the creatures were entwined into the dialogue and stories. Funny drama that is full of far out twists and surprises so keeps you guessing. I really enjoyed it.

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  • D Galloway
  • 05-10-21

Take me to Glan Don!

One of the best dramas I’ve ever listened to!!

Enchanting storyline, superb acting and sound-design totally transported me to the magical coastal village of Glan Don.

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  • David E
  • 11-19-22

Gentle, sweet, and joyous

What an amazing series. The stories are fun, affectionate and at time take a darker turn. One of my favourite Audible listens so far.