A CONTEMPORAY drama series about rural Wales written by an experienced Carmarthenshire writer starts broadcasting on S4C this month.

The series, begins on Sunday, March 29, titled Tir, (translation Land) is the effect of the influx of non-Welsh-speaking people on Welsh-language heartlands.

Actor Siôn Ifan, 26, from Dryslwyn, plays a farmer's son, Arwel, said: “Tir represents the frustrations of a man clinging on to life as it used to be in the good old days.

"His dad has died but he's still trying to live up to his father's expectations and is struggling to buy a house and can't settle.

He tries to improve his life and provide for his family, but fails to do so."

His character then begins to feel agitated and is jealous of the success enjoyed by his brother and sister and this causes a rift between them.

One sister has set up an agricultural business in the area and his brother is a successful businessman in London.

"I'm not from a farming background, but I do come from Carmarthenshire where Tir is set and I know people from agricultural backgrounds.

We spoke to many local people about their experiences of living in a rural community and in a way, Tir tells their story."

In addition to Siôn Ifan, many of the cast members have connections with Carmarthenshire including Catherine Ayers, Rhian Morgan and Lucy Hannah.

The series is a sequel to the film Tir which was broadcast in 2013 and was an adaptation of Theatre Genedlaethol's production Tir Sir Gâr.