A gossipy larger-than-life postmistress has beaten off a challenge from one of the present-day village villains to be crowned all-time Pobol y Cwm Legend in a special soap poll.

The vote was conducted as part of the S4C Legends season on the channel, packed with programmes about present and past myths and legends.

The poll result was revealed in a special programme entitled Cewri Cwmderi – Cwmderi Giants – broadcast recently.

Soap series producers BBC Wales asked viewers for their favourite Cwmderi character over the past 43 years, and one of the soap’s original characters, postmistress Magi Post, came out on top.

Played by Harriet Lewis, the talkative Magi Post beat off one of the series’ present-day wheeler dealers, Garry Monk, played by Richard Lynch, to the top spot.

Actor Harriet Lewis, who died in 1999, was brought up in Trebanos in the Swansea Valley.

She started her career as a schoolteacher, later becoming a professional actress and one of Cwmderi’s most familiar faces.

Presented by Radio One DJ Huw Stephens, an avid fan of the Welsh language soap series, Cewri Cwmderi’s top 10 included a mixture of present and past stars, with bad lass Sioned Charles, Dai and Diane, and the Jones family also in the mix.

Series editor, Llyr Morus said, “I’m delighted that Magi Post won the Legends poll award.

“It was a case of good beating off the less scrupulous, and her natural portrayal of one of the valley’s most warm-hearted characters is an inspiration to all the present cast.

Gillian Elisa, who played Magi Post’s post office assistant Sabrina Harries, said: “Magi Post was a character you could never forget. She was a huge personality.”

You can watch Cewri Cwmderi on demand online at s4c.cymru and BBC iPlayer and other platforms. See S4C programmes schedule for more Legends season shows.