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Obituary: Meic Povey

Widely regarded as one of the most important playwrights working in the Welsh language, Meic Povey became a familiar television face as DC Taff Jones in the hit comedy series Minder over a seven-year period from 1982.

Born in the remote Welsh-speaking Nant Gwynant area of north Wales, he was a prolific writer in both Welsh and English, with work produced on stage, television and radio. His most prominent screen credits included co-creating the daily soap Pobol Y Cwm, which began on BBC Wales in 1974 before switching to S4C at its launch in 1982.

His stage work included Fel Anifail (Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 1995), which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in the English-language version Like an Animal, starring Sian Phillips and Glyn Houston, in 2005.

The same year, Life of Ryan and Ronnie, his portrait of a popular 1970s Welsh double act, was staged by Sgript Cymru at the Millennium Centre, Cardiff. A later television version won him a Welsh BAFTA in 2010.

He briefly ventured into directing with Tyner Yw’r Lleuad Heno, his own black comedy about the ensuing chaos when a family secret is revealed, for a 2009 touring production.

Earlier this year, Hogia Ni – Yma O Hyd, seen at the Theatr Bara Caws, earned him a best Welsh language playwright nomination at the Wales Theatre Awards.

He created and wrote for several S4C series, including Talcen Caled (2001-2003) and Teulu (2008-2012).

In 2005, he was made an honorary fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and published an autobiography, Nesa Peth I Ddim (Next to Nothing), in 2010.

Meic Povey was born on November 27, 1950 and died on December 5, aged 67.

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