Pobol Y Cwm (Welsh soap) - Iolo Sept 7, 2009 18:23:28 GMT -5
Post by tubedout on Sept 7, 2009 18:23:28 GMT -5
AfterElton recently mentioned that a new gay character has shown up on the long-running Welsh soap Pobol Y Cwm (People of the Valley), so I went on a hunt for the show. The above picture is taken from AfterElton.
The character's name is Iolo. It seems like he recently returned to the show, and came out. I believe there may have been some fallout from this, but not all that much from what I can gather. I downloaded this past week's omnibus edition, but hopefully I will be able to get ahold of the storyline from when Iolo first returned to town and came out. I really don't get the impression he has been back for long.
Character Background (c/p from Dave in Cardiff's post on the PyC comment board):
Iolo White is Sion and the late Dr. Gwen's middle son, he is a year younger than Macs but about 5 or 6 years older than Huw. He arrived in Cwmderi with the rest of the Whites in 2002 and left Cwmderi in September 2005 to go to college in Cardiff to train as a plumber. He did return briefly, twice in 2007, played by a new actor, for Sion's 40th birthday and while Huw was in a coma following the road accident when Sara ran him over. Unlike Macs and Huw, who like Sion were both popular, confident and outgoing, Iolo was a shy, sensitive boy who was easily led and got into the wrong crowd in school and was often in trouble, being caught shoplifting, drinking underage and taking drugs at various points, and he became somewthing of a misfit. His friendship with two yobs who attacked Mr. Tushingham in 2002 led to people suspecting that he was involved in Reg Harries's death the next year, although he was in fact innocent of both incidents. When he returned in 2007 though, he seemed a lot happier and much more settled and mature.
According to other comments I read, Iolo's sexuality is very much believable, as he never showed much interest in girls.
He is not yet up on the official website's list of characters, but here are the descriptions for his family members:
Siôn White is a widower with three sons. He was devastated when his wife Dr Gwen died during a brain tumour operation. A translator by profession, Siôn always throws himself into local events and activities and has even written a novel!
Macs White may look like a respectable young man but there's more to him than meets the eye. He uses his charms to get exactly what he wants and has a tendency to bear grudges against people.
Huw White is the youngest of the three boys but is starting to assert his own views a little in the family circle. The loss of his mother was a great trauma to him but despite this, he's full of life and can be quite mischievous at times.
From what I saw, it looks like his father is currently going out of town. I do not know how long. I had a hard time distinguishing older brother Macs from other cast members (a problem I had a lot with the show, as many are very generic looking people with similar style), so I'm not quite certain what is going on with him. According to the comments, it looks like he has, or just finished, a storyline where he is trying to mess with the life of a girl who chose another guy over him.
Iolo's younger brother Huw is currently facing some bullying at school, which appears to be primarily due to his brother Iolo's sexuality. And perhaps something that happened with his father, but I can't yet figure out what. He is also having girlfriend problems, but that appears like typical teenage dating angst.
I have clipped this past week's omnibus edition of the show. As I understand it, omnibus editions are condensed and missing some scenes, but if there is any Iolo missing, it is surely not important. The subtitles were already hard-coded into the video, so I did no translating or subtitling.
I don't know where this storyline is headed, or if Iolo will get a love interest. I hope so. And quickly, before my interest wanes. Frankly, I found this to be a rather dull soap, but I've only seen this one omnibus edition, so who knows.
Again, I'll work on getting his earlier scenes, and upping them to YouTube.