Created byFflic
Presented byNia Parry (2002-present)
Rhodri Owen (2004)
Gareth Roberts (2011-2012)
Wynne Evans (2015-present)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes9 (2011), 9 (2012)
Production location(s)Fforest Farm, Ceredigion
Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire
Llithfaen, Gwynedd[1]
Running time60 minutes
Original networkS4C
Original release2002 (2002) - present

cariad@iaith:love4language is an S4C reality television series in which people attempt to learn the Welsh language.


Commissioned in 2002 from an idea by Fflic production staff, the Welsh television programme cariad@iaith:love4language originally involved members of the public who wished to learn Welsh, spending six weeks at Nant Gwrtheyrn language centre on the Ll?n Peninsula.[2]

This evolved into a week-long live series, airing in 2004, in which seven celebrities of Welsh extraction - Janet Street-Porter, Ruth Madoc, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Amy Wadge, Steve Strange, Bernard Latham and Jamie Shaw - spent the week at Nant Gwrtheyrn.[3]

In 2011, cariad@iaith:love4language was recommissioned, and launched on 8 July revealing Matt Johnson, Sophie Evans, Josie d'Arby, Colin Charvis, Helen Lederer, Rhys Hutchings, Melanie Walters and Lembit Öpik as the celebrities set to spend a week learning the language under the tutelage of Nia Parry and Ioan Talfryn at fforest[4] eco-camp in west Wales.[5]

The series returned for a Christmas special on 24 December 2011, in which seven of the celebrities spent a weekend in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire.[6]

cariad@iaith:love4language returned on 23 May 2012 with a new celebrity line-up, as CBeebies presenter Alex Winters; Scrum V and BBC Sports Wales presenter Lisa Rogers; tenor Wynne Evans - or Gio Compario from the TV ads; Lucy Owen, news presenter; rugby player Gareth Thomas; former X-Factor contestant Lucie Jones; actor Robert Pugh; and actress Di Botcher attempt to learn Welsh.[7]

The 2013 series of cariad@iaith:love4language invited members of the public who wish to learn Welsh to take part.[8][9]

The 2014 series involved eight celebrities including goalkeeper Neville Southall, weather presenter Behnaz Akhgar, singer Ian Watkins and Big Brother winner Sam Evans.[1]

The 2015 series was filmed at the Centre for Alternative Technology near Machynlleth and broadcast on S4C in June 2015. In this series, presenter Nia Parry was joined by previous participant Wynne Evans as host. Among the Welsh learners were comedian Chris Corcoran and actor Steve Speirs. The winner of the series was announced to be Caroline Sheen.


  1. ^ a b "Big Nev to appear in new series of S4C's Cariad@Iaith show". Wales Online. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Welsh under Big Brother's gaze". BBC Wales. 15 May 2002. Archived from the original on 24 July 2004. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "I'm a celebrity... rwy'n dysgu Cymraeg*". BBC Wales. 5 March 2004. Retrieved 2012.
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  8. ^ "Welsh learner from Anglesey will take part in TV show", Daily Post, 15 May 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
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