A very exciting and expertly presented history documentary by the Welsh historian Huw Edwards who shows himself to be a master presenter. Her he takes us through 30 000 years of Welsh history to demonstrate with the use of filmography of the beautiful Welsh landscape of deep landscape of broad low mountains and deep green valleys and picturesqe Welsh towns and cities. As well as well acted dramatic sketches.
It takes us from prehistoric times through Roman occupation and the Viking and Anglo-Saxon harrowing of that country through the resistance to English domination led by Welsh princes.
Wales involvement in the Wars of the Roses and the seizure of power by a welsh born nobleman Henry Tudor as King at Bosworth in 1485 are here presented.
So with the moulding of Wales into the United Kingdom, the boom of the Industrial Revolutions and the terrible deprivations suffered by the Welsh working classes, leading to a series of riots and struggles for better conditions including the struggle of the Chartists and the Rebecca uprisings.
Britain in the 19th century was a kingdom divided. 'Two nations'Disraeli called it-the rich and the poor. And nowhere was there greater deprivation than Wales. Eventually the workers begain to protest their appalling conditions, their pitiful wages, their homes that were breeding grounds for such virulent diseases that two out of three children were dead before they reached the age of five.
As the profits of the colliery and ironworks owners rose, so the plight of their labour plunged to horrific depths.
Eventually through two world wars and a Welsh Prime Minister David Lloyd George, a happier time was to be seen beginning in 1945 with the election of a Labour government and the creation of the benevolent welfare state, a key architect being the Welsh Labour politician Aneuran Bevan, one of the few politicians in British history who really had the welfare of the people at heart.
Continues with Welsh struggles to keep their language alive and ends with the referendum of 1998 approving a Welsh parliament. Helps us to understand how the Weksh have been forged into the doughty and proud people they are and how Wales kept alive its own language , literature and traditions for over 500 years of Union with England