In My Skin, which follows the life of schoolgirl Bethan, has returned for its second series.
The BAFTA-award winning coming-of-age series tells the story of a Welsh teenager leading a double life as she negotiates a mentally ill mother and an abusive father, friendships, and her sexuality.
The first series aired to critical acclaim last year.
In the latest series Bethan has started her last year at school and is planning for her future, while her mother Trina has been released from hospital and is working in a Bingo Hall.
Here’s all you need to know about series two which became available to watch on Sunday, 7 November, on BBC iPlayer as a 5-episode boxset.
What is it about?
The series, which is loosely based on the life of writer Kayleigh Llewellyn, will see Bethan embarking on an exciting new relationship, as well as thinking about what to do once she’s finished school - however she will have to make some tough choices along the way. Her abusive father, Dilwyn, continues to make life difficult, and Bethan is still trying to hid the realities of her home life.
Speaking of series two its writer said: “The new series follows Bethan as she’s preparing to fly the nest. She’s falling in love, she’s thinking about University - in short she’s growing up. But she’s forced to choose between pursuing her own happiness and her responsibilities to her mum.”
Who is in the cast?
Gabrielle Creevy stars as Bethan Gwyndaf, while Jo Hartley, of This is England and After Life fame, plays her mum Trina. Rhodri Meillir, who is best known for his role as Alfie Butts in BBC sitcom My Family, takes on the role of Dilwyn.
Meanwhile, Rebekah Murrell, plays Bethan’s love interest Cam.
Speaking about what makes the show so compelling to watch Jo Hartley said: “It speaks to people, it’s the language of the heart, real life, funny and tragic. It’s well written and people identify with the struggles each character goes through, people like to identify I think, it makes us feel less alone.”
Where is the show filmed?
The show is filmed in Cardiff, Wales, close to where Llewellyn grew up.
Rhodri Meillr speaking about what it was like filming in Wales said: “I live in Cardiff so filming In My Skin is as local as they get for me. I love being on set and knew quite a lot of the crew as we’ve worked together on other series in the past. One of the aspects I love about my line of work is meeting new people in new places but it’s always a pleasure to see some familiar faces and old friends.”
Will there be another series?
It sounds as if the second series is the final one. Writer Kayleigh Llewellyn said it was always intended to be two series.
She said: “The intention was always to do two series. I can’t say much more than that, other than the final scene was in my head before I ever wrote any of the rest of it.
Speaking about her reflections on creating the series she said: “Making this story with this group of people has been the biggest privilege of my life.”
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