The 1900 Island

BBC One Wales/Network

Cyfres hanes byw newydd sy’n dilyn hynt a helynt pedwar teulu yn yr oes fodern wrth iddyn nhw fynd yn ôl fwy na 100 mlynedd i ddechrau’r 20fed Ganrif i roi cynnig ar fyw fel cymuned bysgota wledig ar ynys ddramatig Llanddwyn â’i llanwau gwyllt oddi ar arfordir Ynys Môn. Mae’n oes o fyw o’r llaw i’r genau wrth i’r 4 teulu wynebu realiti llym un o’r ffyrdd anoddaf o wneud bywoliaeth ym Mhrydain yn 1900.

Ym Mhennod 1 rhaid i’r teuluoedd addasu’n gyflym i’w ffordd newydd o fyw ond mae tywydd garw, diffyg profiad a dognau prin yn arwain at lwgu a rhwystredigaeth a dim ond ymdrech funud olaf gan y merched sy’n achub y dydd. Ar wahân i fanylion ymarferol byw yn 1900, mae’r teuluoedd yn ceisio creu cymuned i helpu ei gilydd drwy gyfnodau anodd a goroesi’r tywydd eithafol.

Yn ystod ail wythnos y teuluoedd, mae’r tywydd yn troi o’u plaid o’r diwedd ac mae’r dynion yn mynd allan i’r môr i geisio am ddalfa lwyddiannus. Mae’r merched yn aros ar ôl gyda’r holl dasgau diddiwedd i’w cwblhau yn y tŷ ac mae’r plant yn mynd i’r ysgol. Ond mae’r ymdeimlad bregus o gymuned yn dechrau gwegian wrth i elyniaeth a newyn ddechrau amharu ar yr oedolion. Wrth i bethau fynd yn anodd, mae’n her iddynt geisio gweithio gyda’i gilydd. Mae Gavin Davies yn benodol yn cael anhawster bwydo ei deulu a dim ond pan mae llong gargo’n galw maen nhw i gyd yn ennill rhywfaint o bres y mae ei wir angen yn y diwedd. Mae newydd-ddyfodiad yn ymuno â’r pentref drwy adael y llong.

Yn eu 3edd wythnos, mae’r 4 teulu’n cael anhawster gyda realiti bywyd fwy na chanrif yn ôl. Efallai eu bod wedi setlo i fywyd 1900 ond nid yw hynny’n gwneud bywyd yn haws o gwbl. Ar ddechrau’r wythnos, mae’r gymuned yn ymddangos ar ei mwyaf bregus wrth i wahanol flaenoriaethau ac agweddau at fywyd ddechrau dod i’r amlwg.

Wrth i’r tywydd wella, mae’r dynion yn mynd allan i’r môr am drip pysgota estynedig o 3 diwrnod a 2 noson, gan adael eu gwragedd a’r plant adref ar eu pen eu hunain. Ond allan ar y môr mae’r dynion yn cael anhawster dal unrhyw beth ddydd ar ôl dydd, ac nid yw eu gwragedd yn gwybod a ydynt yn ddiogel ai peidio.

Ar ddechrau eu pedwaredd wythnos, gyda dalfa funud olaf o bysgod, mae’r 4 teulu modern yn wynebu eu dyddiau olaf. Ond wrth i’r byd y tu allan darfu arnynt, mae mecanwaith modern yn cyrraedd eu hafan wledig, mae prisiau’n gostwng ac mae ysgytwad annisgwyl i’r dynion a’r merched ar ynys Llanddwyn. Mae’n rhaid iddynt ddechrau hel cocos a chregyn pysgod i gael deupen llinyn ynghyd. Ond wrth i un teulu adael yr ynys yn gynnar, mae’r lleill yn dechrau sylweddoli nad yw eu diwedd hwy ymhell chwaith a bod eu dyddiau ar ynys 1900 ar fin dod i ben. Mae’n ffarwel melys os dagreuol i bawb wrth iddyn nhw adael cynhesrwydd y perthnasoedd agos a’r gymuned maent wedi’i chreu a mynd yn ôl i’r byd modern.

Cynhyrchydd / Cyfarwyddwr y Gyfres: Alexis Girardet

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.

Alexia Barrett

Alexia graduated this year with a BA (Hons) in Journalism Communications and Politics from Cardiff University, and is now kickstarting her career in TV Production, working with Wildflame as a Researcher on their Adventure Living History Series, Ultimate Viking. Alexia will be working across our full range of factual output for UK and international broadcasters.

Cai Glover

Since joining Wildflame in the development team, Cai's worked on several productions using his skills as an editor, self-shooter and researcher including S4C's digital series Bwrw 'Mlan, BBC Bitesize History KS2, S4C's Dim i'w Wisgo and most recently as a shooting assistant producer on the second series of S4C's Nyrsys.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Llinos Griffin-Williams

Bafta Cymru Winning Executive Producer, Llinos is 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. 

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

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

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.

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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