Political drama of the made up variety

It is not unreasonable to expect this blog to regularly feature actual politics rather than the fictional variety, but the drama of the Senedd was brought to living rooms last weekend with the first episode of Byw Celwydd (Living a Lie) on S4C, there is even a bit of planning controversy in the story. The Sunday night programme which is also available on iPlayer has been described as a “Welsh Borgen” and features four parties in coalition talks.


I’m assured that the level of sex and intrigue owe more to drama than the mundane day to day corridors of the Senedd, but there are a few story lines which run very close to actual events. So as not to spoil the viewing for those yet to watch, I’ll avoid highlighting each example in any detail, but keep an eye out for the ambitious Nationalist returning from America who is instantly seen as a challenge to the incumbent leader and then remember that former MP Adam Price has returned from Harvard to fight a safe Plaid Cymru constituency in May. The Welsh Conservatives will have sat a little uneasily as reference was made to twitter comments after their members took to the platform to disagree with one another over the M4 Relief Road, while arguably the key news story in the first episode has at least an echo of a real incident involving a former AM in 2003. Each episode ends with the standard “this is fiction” disclaimer, but in parts some of it is only fiction by a whisker.