Rondo Media boasts a rich heritage of highly acclaimed drama productions. The award winning drama series Rownd a Rownd (S4C) is currently in its 20th season, having celebrated its 1,000th episode in January 2014, the KidScreen nominated series is now an established cornerstone of the S4C schedule. The Indian Doctor (BBC One/ international distribution by Content Media) also an award winning drama starring Sanjeev Bhaskar as a highly educated Indian Doctor, who, attracted by the promise of opportunities in the new NHS and a glamorous lifestyle in 1960’s London, finds himself in a practice in a Welsh coal mining village. The Gospel of Us, a film adaption of the ground-breaking theatre event starring Michael Sheen takes inspiration from one of the defining narratives of our times. This contemporary re-telling of the Passion took place across the town of Port Talbot, with local people as its cast, crew and heroes. Gwlad yr Astra Gwyn (S4C), the Celtic Media Festival award winner is set entirely within a taxi, creating an entire “world” inside a cab where the transience of Saturday night is portrayed by the fleeting and interlaced appearances of a myriad of characters led by gullible taxi driver Trefor.
The company is a proud producer of several powerful and insightful documentaries including My Tattoo Addiction (a series for Channel 4/ international sales BBC Worldwide); an uplifting, warm and often eye-watering exploration of people who go under the needle, the BAFTA winning Y Trên i Ravensbrück (The Train to Ravensbrück); the Gruffudd family’s emotional journey from Wales to Germany to learn more about the family’s agonising suffering during World War II, Malcolm Allen: Un Cyfle Arall (Another Chance); an emotionally-charged documentary about one of Wales’ most talented footballers’ battle with alcohol, and Gohebwyr (Correspondent): Wyre Davies with the BBC correspondent embarking on a journey to find out more about his grandfather who was nearly killed in a dramatic shipwreck off the coast of southern Chile. Rondo are in production with a Welsh version of Nordic Wild for S4C and are collaborating with a company from South Korea on a co-production to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the Korean War.
Music & Events
A leading independent in the field of classical music programmes, Rondo has been a broadcast partner of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod since 1994, producing live and highlight programmes from the competitions and concerts during Eisteddfod week. The digital platforms of llangollen.tv website and app has attracted a global audience of hundreds of thousands. Events such as WOMEX: Cardiff (BBC and S4C) and Gŵyl Gerdd Dant (S4C and BBC Radio Cymru) are further evidence of ambitious and challenging productions from the company’s large array of live concerts and events portfolio.
Rondo is serious about entertaining. Currently producing its sixth series of Pryd o Sêr (A Feast of Stars) where 8 familiar Welsh celebrities face tough culinary challenges in kitchens and several unusual locations! Among the stars featuring in this latest series are conductor Tim Rhys Evans, Paralympic athlete Aled Sion Davies, actress Rhian Jones and presenter John Hardy. Inspired by the nonsense found each day on the web, the Rondo Caernarfon studio based quiz Gwefreiddiol is now on its fifth series, providing a stage for famous Welsh faces to take a light and humorous view of the digital world.
With over 25 years experience of producing both football programming and innovative and ground breaking digital content for S4C, Rondo’s experience of producing live international and domestic football under the Sgorio brand name includes broadcasting live football matches from as far and wide as Reykjavik, Vaduz, Podgorica, Helsinki and Haverfordwest! £400,000 has been invested in a bespoke studio in the Caernarfon north Wales headquarters to host Clwb, S4C’s new five-hour feast of sport that includes live matches and action, highlights packages from a raft of different sports and a platform for sports opinion and analysis.