Ruth’s from Porthcawl but her latest Welsh comedy inspiration is .....Splott!

By Philip Irwin in Entertainment

TV comedy star Ruth Jones is a Porthcawl girl – is anyone out there unaware of that?

She has starred in school musicals at the Grand Pavilion, and a few months ago she returned to Porthcawl to put on a highly-successful fundraising evening for the local RNLI – once again at the Pavilion.

However, she has stayed clear of Porthcawl when it comes to her comedy writing.

She has done Barry (Gavin & Stacey) and the Welsh Valleys (Stella) but apart from a few day trips in Stella where the cast travelled to her home town, she resisted the urge to draw on her old stamping ground for inspiration.

Now, BBC Radio Wales has announced that she is to write and star in a new six-part comedy Splott, set in the Cardiff district of the same name.

Ah well. It has to be admitted that Splott sounds funnier than Porthcawl!

Splott is the story of Mandy Ferhat (Ruth Jones) - a school cook and single mum to her live-at-home daughter Cherstey.

When life gets tough Mandy turns to her bonkers neighbour Val, and her sweet but serial-killer obsessed colleague Kathleen.

A passionate, sometimes gung-ho, but big hearted Mandy simply seeks peace, romance and happiness… none of this comes her way without a fight.

Ruth Jones says: “Let’s be honest, who can’t help but love the name Splott. A name made more loveable by the fact that it’s a real place nestled in the heart of Wales’s capital.

“I’m so excited to be playing a strong gutsy Cardiffian in what I hope is going to be a refreshingly daft and silly sit com on Radio Wales.”

Radio Wales has announced some other changes to its schedules.

DJ Janice Long, who is currently hosting Summer Nights on the station, Monday to Thursday, will become a permanent part of the evening schedule from September, featuring live sessions from big names, and providing a platform for Welsh artists.

Colin Paterson, editor of Radio Wales says: “Ruth is one of the biggest comedy talents of her generation; I couldn’t be more pleased that she has agreed to work with Radio Wales.

“And welcoming Janice in as a permanent part of the existing line-up shows we’re serious about bringing our audience the biggest names.”

Also from September, Wales Today presenter Lucy Owen is the first host of Sunday Morning with… (9.30am to 11am), bringing a mix of topical content, music and conversation.

It will be followed by Owen Money’s Solid Gold Sunday – a brand new two-hour show of classic hits from the 60s and 70s.

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