The Light in the Hall

The makers of The Noise talk S4C's painful gestation

A collage of moments from the short film Y Swn. An actor in front of protests and thatcher.

Welsh language channel S4C turned 40 in November but, as a new film commissioned to celebrate its birthday reminds us, it almost didn’t draw its first breath.

Y Sŵn (The Noise) tells the story of how the Conservative Government reneged on its 1979 manifesto pledge to introduce a Welsh-only channel and then – no spoiler alert needed – caved in.