BAFTA Cymru win for Velindre: Hospital of Hope

Oct 14, 2019

BAFTA Cymru win for Velindre: Hospital of Hope

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Wildflame is extremely proud of everyone involved in this series for this well-deserved win, including our very own Catrin Jones, Llinos Griffin-Williams, Claire Hill and our Creative Partner John Geraint. This series was Produced by Green Bay Media for ITV Wales, prior to them joining forces with Wildflame.

‘I’m thrilled that ‘Velindre: Hospital of Hope’ won the Bafta for best factual series, giving Velindre further recognition for the phenomenal work that they do. Cancer effects so many people in a variety of ways and having a leading cancer centre here in Wales, offering pioneering treatment is incredible. It was a privilege to produce this series and I’m so grateful to all the staff, contributors and their families who allowed us to capture their difficult journeys and trusted us to tell their stories.’ – Catrin Jones, Producer

In her speech, Catrin thanked the staff who work tirelessly at Velindre and extended her gratitude to all of the contributors on the show, saying ‘a big, big, the biggest thank you goes to all of the contributors who allowed us to follow them, it really wasn’t easy for them but they gave over their hearts’ Catrin went on to dedicate the award to Alison, to Rebecca and to Kev, contributors who have unfortunately lost their battle with Cancer.

About the series…

Velindre: Hospital of Hope is a portrait of Velindre Cancer Centre, capturing the human stories behind the cancer statistics and diagnostics.

In this four part series we see first-hand the dedication of the army of staff at Velindre Cancer Centre as they care for their patients. From receptionists to radiographers, clinical psychologists to porters this array of individuals are determined to make the patients’ experience as positive as possible.

Narrated by ITV presenter Ruth Wignall, the series follows the uplifting and emotive stories of the patients as they undergo treatment to the pioneering work of the medical staff. Each 30-minute programme captures the highs and lows inside this very special centre.

Produced for ITV Wales by Green Bay Media, now part of Wildflame Productions

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BAFTA Cymru win for Velindre: Hospital of Hope

14th October 2019

Enillodd Velindre: Hospital of Hope gwobr BAFTA Cymru ar gyfer Cyfres Ffeithiol.

Mae Wildflame yn falch iawn o bawb a gymerodd ran yn y gyfres am y fuddugoliaeth haeddiannol hon, gan gynnwys aelodau o dîm ni Catrin Jones, Llinos Griffin-Williams, Claire Hill ac ein partner creadigol John Geraint. Cynhyrchwyd y gyfres hon gan Green Bay Media ar gyfer ITV Cymru, cyn iddynt ymuno â Wildflame.

‘Dwi wrth fy modd bod Velindre: Hospital of Hope wedi ennill BAFTA am gyfres ffeithiol, sy’n rhoi cydnabyddiaeth bellach i Felindre am y gwaith anhygoel maent yn gwneud. Mae canser yn cael effaith ar gymaint o bobl mewn amryw o ffyrdd ac mae’n anhygoel i gael canolfan ganser blaenllaw yma yng Nghymru sy’n cynnig triniaeth arloesol. Roedd hi’n fraint i gynhyrchu’r gyfres hon ac rwy mor ddiolchgar i’r holl staff, cyfranwyr a’u teuluoedd sydd wedi caniatáu inni ffilmio eu teithiau anodd ac wedi ymddiried ynom i adrodd eu straeon.’ Catrin Jones, Cynhyrchydd

Yn ei haraith, diolchodd Catrin y staff sy’n gweithio’n ddiddiwedd yn Felindre ac estynnodd ei diolchgarwch i’r holl gyfranwyr ar y rhaglen wrth ddweud ‘y diolch mwyaf yn mynd i’r holl gyfranwyr sydd wedi gadael inni eu dilyn, doedd hi ddim yn rhwydd iawn iddynt ond wnaethon nhw roi eu calonnau.’ Aeth Catrin ymlaen i gysegru’r wobr i Alison, Rebecca a Kev, cyfranwyr sydd yn anffodus wedi colli eu brwydr gyda chanser.

Am y gyfres…

Mae Velindre: Hospital of Hope yn bortread o Ganolfan Ganser Felindre, yn cyfleu’r straeon dynol y tu ôl i’r ystadegau a diagnosis canser.

Yn y gyfres 4 pennod, rydym yn gweld yn uniongyrchol ymroddiad y llu o staff yng Nghanolfan Canser Felindre wrth iddynt yn edrych ar ôl eu cleifion. O’r derbynyddion i radiograffwyr, seicolegwyr clinigol i borthorion, mae’r amrywiaeth hon o unigolion yn benderfynol o wneud profiad y cleifion mor gadarnhaol â phosib.

Wedi’i hadrodd gan gyflwynydd ITV Ruth Wignall, mae’r gyfres yn dilyn straeon dyrchafol ac emosiynol y cleifion wrth iddynt gael triniaeth a gwaith arloesol y staff meddygol. Mae pob rhaglen 30 munud yn cyfleu’r uchafbwyntiau a’r isafbwyntiau y tu mewn i’r ganolfan arbennig iawn hon.

Cynhyrchwyd ar gyfer ITV Cymru gan Green Bay Media, sydd bellach yn rhan o Wildflame Productions

Tomas Araya-Larrain

Tomas was born in Chile and immigrated to Wales when he was 4. He left his economic academic background to pursue more creative work in TV, where he has now worked on productions from daytime antique programmes, natural history, to crime specialist factual.  He says 'I’m a fat man stuck in a skinny man’s body and love all topics about food, as well as UK socio-cultural issues that affect us all.' 

He has joined Wildflame Productions as a Development Researcher and also dabbles in and out of productions when needed. 

Kate Fletcher

Kate Fletcher has joined Wildflame as a Development Exec as part of the Factual Fast Track Scheme. Kate started her career as a drama script editor, before moving into factual development. Working both in-house at the BBC and as a freelancer in Cardiff and Bristol, her commissions include: The Perfect Pitch (C4), Saving Britain's Pubs with Tom Kerridge (BBC), The Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure (BBC) and Samurai (US History).

Outside of work, Kate is also a mum of two and runs her own community choir.

Meinir Richards 

Meinir is a Series Producer who also Edit Produces and Directs in both English and Welsh.

She has over 25 years of experience in television and has worked across a range of genres which include, factual entertainment, comedy, live programmes, drama and film. She is an expert at securing exclusives with Talent, and access to high profile worldwide companies, such as NASA and Mensa. She thrives on establishing and maintaining strong relationships with talent and contributors and is known for her way of producing engaging, warm, and sensitive films, with people and story at its heart.

Prior to joining Wildflame, Meinir was Series Producer and Director on segments for BBC1’s The One Show.


Jacqueline Lee

Jacqueline is a self-shooting producer-director, working mainly on observational documentaries and lightly formatted factual entertainment.
She thrives on gaining access to difficult and sensitive environments and building and maintaining relationships quickly with contributors, telling compelling and interesting stories.

Jacqueline has previously produced content for BBCThree, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and most recently S4C. Currently, she is producing and directing exciting Wildflame documentaries for S4C.

Cai Glover

Cai first joined Wildflame in the development team where he created ideas and crafted taster tapes. He worked on several productions using his skills as a self-shooter and researcher including S4C's digital series 'Bwrw 'Mlan', BBC Bitesize 'History KS2', S4C's 'Dim i'w Wisgo'. He was a shooting assistant producer on the second series of S4C's 'Nyrsys'. He went on to follow his passion for editing and got his first editor credit on our documentary 'Aled Haydn Jones: You, Me and the Surrogate’.

Cai is now a freelance editor with credits including C5’s ‘Wonderful Wales with Michael Ball, C4’s ‘Perfect Pitch’ and a number of documentaries for the S4C ‘Drych’ strand including ‘Jason Mohammad: Ely, The Riots and Me’.

Lloyd Rees

Lloyd started his career working on Live Studio programmes; The One Show and This Morning before moving on to development roles at RDF and BBC Studios. Believing variety is the spice of life, Lloyd used his interest in consumer issues on a range of programmes such as The Big Con, Shop Well for Less and The Martin Lewis Money Show.

During his career he’s also worked on some of the biggest Factual Entertainment formats, including The Great British Bake Off, Dragons’ Den, First Dates and Race Across the World. Lloyd returned to Wales and joined Wildflame working on international productions and has gone on to work with us on Wonderful Wales with Michael Ball for C5 and a major new living history project for S4C about Evacuees

Adrian Grant

Adrian has worked on primetime shows including Emmy Award-winning ‘The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night’, BAFTA Award-winning ‘First Dates’ and more recently he has been Producing content for Channel 4’s True Stories.

Now a Development Producer at Wildflame, Adrian joins the team with an aim to apply his editorial knowledge and experience in developing new shows and formats for the company.

Sam Lumley

With a background predominantly in Factual Entertainment, Sam has worked as an Assistant Producer in casting, welfare, and forward-planning roles on shows across the UK’s major broadcasters.

Some of his credits include: ‘Little Mix: The Search’ (BBC), ‘The Voice’ (ITV), ‘The Only Way is Essex’ (ITV2), ‘9/11:Diwrnod Wnaeth Newid Fy Mywyd’ (S4C), ‘The Great British Bake Off’ & ‘Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker’ (C4), ‘Stage School’ (E4), and ‘Michael Ball’s Wonderful Wales’ (C5).

As part of our development team, and with a keen interest in History and Adventure, Sam is using his editorial experience and passion for storytelling to create, capture, and produce new ideas and stories.

Carrie Smith

Carrie is an award-winning film-maker. She is a director, series producer and edit producer with experience across a wide range of popular factual content, including observational documentaries, popular factual and digital content. She is an expert access negotiator and has successfully secured access to several police forces across the UK, as well as multiple private businesses such as hotels and veterinary practices.

Carrie filmed, produced and directed The Greatest Gift which won Best Factual Series at the Bafta (Cymru) awards. Carrie has also produced behind-the-scenes content and created high-concept digital features for drama co-pro series for the BBC, Netflix & HBO, winning an International Webby award for her work on 'The Ballad of the Peaky Blinders'. Before joining Wildflame Productions, Carrie was a Senior Producer on a brand-new primetime competition format for Channel 4.

Megan Roberts

With a background in Archaeology and Anthropology, Megan's passions lie with telling people's stories both past and present with real empathy and understanding. Having filmed in various locations all over the world, her previous work has included both award winning international productions such as The Wall and more recently delicate observational storytelling in Bois y Rhondda
Megan has joined the team on the international Vikings series and will be working across all Wildflame’s specialist factual programming

Manon Alice-Thomas

After graduating with a BA (Hons) from York St. John’s University Business School, Manon gained her first professional experience working in events management. She then completed an internship with Kate Borde at Cardiff based talent agency KBPM, and has recently undertaken a contract as Junior Assistant at the ‘InterTalent Group’, London, supporting the Chairman and Founder, Prof. Jonathan Shalit, OBE.  As a Television Production Coordinator for Wildflame, Manon supports the team across the slate of UK and international productions

Mike Davies

Mike has accrued over a dozen years of experience in company and programme finance.  His expertise encompasses day-to-day financial transactions, managing company-wide spending against fiscal targets, preparation of monthly management accounts and forecasting. He is also responsible for day to day scheduling and running of Wildflame’s editing facilities.

Llinos Griffin-Williams

As a Bafta Cymru Winning Executive Producer, Llinos is our Creative Director following her many successes as Executive Producer, Factual and International Co-productions at Wildflame Productions. She leads on international content development, production and delivery of Factual Programming to Domestic and International Broadcasters and is part of the Wildflame Senior Management Board. Llinos is Vice Chair of RTS Cymru Wales and a member of Welsh Indies Council TAC. 

Leona Cowley

Leona has been with Wildflame since its inception and has a wealth of experience in a senior production management role working on regional and high-profile documentaries being filmed in various exotic and remote locations across the globe. Her extensive experience spans some 25 years working across most programme genres.

Gareth Fisher

Gareth has extensive knowledge of the business of production across all genres. He has an outstanding track-record in controlling large production teams and multi-million-pound projects. Gareth has worked with all of the main UK Broadcasters as well as forging strong relationships with International Broadcasters and Co - Production partners.

Alexia Barrett

Alexia graduated in 2020 with a BA (Hons) in Journalism Communications and Politics from Cardiff University, and is now kickstarting her career in TV Production. She started working with Wildflame as a Researcher on their Adventure Living History Series, Ultimate Viking.  Alexia achieved her first Network Researcher Credit on the Wildflame series, Michael Ball's Wonderful Wales. 

She will be working across our full range of factual output for UK and international broadcasters.

Esme Horne

The last 10 years of Esme’s career has been dedicated to understanding the production process and supporting a creative vision from development to transmission. Since joining Wildflame in 2017, Esme has worked across the Wildflame slate: reinforcing the production management team and helping to assure all projects are run smoothly and efficiently.

Connie Fisher

Connie moved into the world of television after a career as a West End leading lady playing Maria Von Trapp in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Sound of Music.

With a passion for TV and entertainment, Connie leads the development of formats & features projects for Wildflame and works closely with broadcasters creating projects for both high-profile and emerging talent across the full range of factual programming.

Celyn Williams

With a passion for history, Celyn has spent her time collecting and telling stories of extraordinary individuals from across Wales.

Her previous work includes a number of high-profile history productions including Time Team, and The Aberfan Wives Club (ITV).

For S4C, Celyn worked on the double Welsh BAFTA winning Adam Price a Streic y Glowyr and more recently, a living history series The 1900 Island (BBC).

Catrin Jones-Shawe

Catrin’s career began in children’s television where she produced content for both S4C and CBBC.

Catrin has a passion for health-based documentaries and in 2019 won a BAFTA Cymru Award for best factual series for Velindre: Hospital of Hope (ITV Wales). Her most recent series, Nyrsys (S4C) is an observational documentary format highlighting the incredible work performed by nurses across Wales.

Abbie Bolitho

With a background in current affairs and factual programmes, Abbie has been able to apply her research and organisational skills to a wide variety of projects in both English and Welsh. These include S4C's Nyrsys, Dim Byd i Wisgo and more recently Beasts - a series on the 'top 10' animals for children which is being sold internationally.

Paul Islwyn Thomas

Paul is founder and CEO of Wildflame Productions and is responsible for the creative and business management of the company. With over 35 years’ experience in the industry, Paul has built an enviable reputation as one of the leading factual Executive Producers and TV Executives working in Wales. Throughout a distinguished career Paul has delivered hundreds of hours of programming for both UK and international broadcasters. He is currently Chair of the highly acclaimed ‘It’s My Shout’ Training Scheme which offers exciting pathways into the industry for all championing diversity and social inclusion.

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