When does Keeping Faith start? Who is in the cast? What is the BBC Wales drama about?

The runaway Welsh success is coming to BBC One.

Keeping Faith hasn’t even aired on BBC One yet, but you might already be aware of the buzz around the thriller series.

It’s been a huge hit on BBC Wales and now English audiences will get the chance to see it, too, as BBC One will show the drama.

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Here’s all you need to know about Keeping Faith.

When is Keeping Faith on TV?

Keeping Faith starts on BBC One on Thursday, July 12 at 9pm and will continue in weekly instalments for eight episodes.

However, it has already aired on BBC Wales, which made it as a joint project with S4C, where it was a huge hit with viewers. Around 300,000 people tuned in to watch each week (the biggest audience for a non-network drama in Wales for 20 years) and there were 9.5 million requests to view it on iPlayer, the highest ever number for a non-network show on the BBC.

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The series has been available to watch on both iPlayer and Netflix since it was broadcast in Wales in March and April, but BBC One viewers now have the chance to see the mystery unfold week by week.

Keeping Faith was originally broadcast in Welsh as Un Bore Mercher ('One Wednesday Morning') on S4C in autumn 2017, and was filmed back-to-back in Welsh and English.

What is it about?

The series is an absorbing mystery about the disappearance of a man and the unravelling truth about what happened to him.

Faith Howells is a lawyer, wife and mother whose life is thrown into chaos when her husband mysteriously disappears.

She is forced to cut short her extended maternity leave as husband Evan is also her business partner.

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As Faith begins to discover possible connections between some of the clients she defends and the fate of her husband, she uncovers a dark underworld in her life.

Having viewed the harbour town where she lives as an idyllic, quiet place, the truth about her home town and her neighbours comes as a shock as she battles to reveal the truth.

BBC Wales has confirmed that a second series of the drama is in the pipeline, with a new script going into development earlier this year.

Who stars in it?

The lead star of the programme is Eve Myles, who plays lawyer-turned-detective Faith Howells. Viewers will know Eve from her work on Torchwood as Gwen Cooper, the second series of Broadchurch, and Victoria, where she plays Mrs Jenkins.

Faith’s husband Evan is played by Bradley Freegard, who has appeared in Under Milk Wood, Hinterland, and Da Vinci’s Demons.

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Viewers will also recognise another ex-Broadchurch star, Matthew Gravelle, who played the ITV hit’s villain Joe Miller.

Mali Harries and Aneirin Hughes, who both featured in Hinterland, also star in the cast, as does Stella and National Treasure actor Mark Lewis Jones.

Episode 4 preview

Fearing for her family's safety, Faith takes shelter in a hotel and meets up with Steve, who tells her that Evan might have had links to a notorious family of drug dealers. As Faith looks into the lead, she is drawn deeper into Abercorran's sinister underbelly. Meanwhile, Bethan begins to feel the aftershocks of Marion's revelation. Dr Alpay proposes a deal to Cerys, and a disturbing discovery in the woods by Terry results in Williams building a case against Faith.

Keeping Faith airs Thursdays at 9pm on BBC One.

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