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WALES: Village soap axed by Radio Cymru.

A POPULAR radio drama series is to be axed at the end of the year.

BBC Radio Cymru's daily soap, Rhydeglwys, will end after seven years on air.

The decision follows a detailed review of programme content on the station, the only Welsh language radio station in Wales, as a new drama strategy is drawn up for Radio Cymru.

Radio Cymru editor Sian Gwynedd said: "Seven years is a long life for any drama series and our feeling is that Rhydeglwys has come to the end of its life, which is a natural step for any drama.

"Rhydeglwys, or Eileen as it was originally called, has provided ten minutes of drama every day for so many years, with realistic characters and countless twists and turns in the story of village life. We are looking forward to working with many Rhydeglwys writers and actors on various future drama projects."

Future plans for drama on Radio Cymru include a wider variety of comedy and satire, more original plays by renowned authors, adaptations of some of Wales's literary classics, workshops and courses to nurture new writing talent and providing a stage for award-winning Eisteddfod plays.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 3, 2006
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