Bariau Lands Second Season


The prison drama Bariau is set to return to S4C for a second season.

Stories in the series, which follows the ups and downs of protagonist Barry Hardy, are based on the testimony of real prisoners and prison officers. Produced by Rondo Media, the new season will debut in 2025.

The first series of Bariau is available to watch now on S4C Clic and BBC iPlayer.

The second season, like the first, will be shot at Studio Aria in Llangefni. Support comes from Creative Wales.

Gwion Tegid, who plays Hardy, said: “The response to the first series has been overwhelming with so much positive reaction from a wide cross-section of the audience. Filming Bariau was such a pleasure—without a doubt the most satisfying work I’ve done so far—and I’m looking forward to working with the talented crew and cast again on the second series. I can’t wait to read what Ciron has in store for Barry and the gang at the prison.”

Bedwyr Rees, senior producer at Rondo Media, added: “Rondo is extremely pleased with the audience response to Bariau and with S4C’s commission for a second series. Bariau tackles several challenging subjects, bringing real characters who live on the periphery of society to the screen. We are looking forward to the opportunity to delve deeper into this world, with a view to creating another series that will challenge on the one hand and entertain on the other.”

Gwenllian Gravelle, S4C’s drama commissioner, commented: “We had a great response from viewers to the first series of Bariau, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the second series on screen. The production team and the actors are a very talented and creative crew who have a strong vision. I’m also pleased that the production is providing an economic boost to the area, and that the investment will benefit Anglesey and the wider area.”