Dafydd wrote the first episode of the radio series Driving Home For Christmas: a unique collaboration for Radio Wales with Valleys novelist Rachel Trezise, Swansea based TV dramatist Philip Ralph, Ruthin Playwright Kevin Dyer and novelist Niall Griffiths from Aberystwyth. The aim was to bring five writers across five locations ­together through an innovative collaboration to tell the story of a dysfunctional family battling their way towards the festivities.

Hapless gambler Daf is about to embark on the biggest challenge of his life. He just doesn’t know it yet. He and his long suffering girlfriend Shelley are plunged into chaos when Daf’s grief-stricken Mam throws their perfectly laid Christmas plans into complete disarray. She’s not taking ‘no’ for an answer when she declares that she needs the whole family at home with her for Christmas this year in Aberystwyth.

So at the 11th hour Daf and Rhodri, two very different brothers set out from opposite ends of the country to honour both their father’s memory, and their mother’s wishes.

As well as being an engaging road movie for the radio, the project also included an online interactive journey exploring the process of writing short form drama. Documentaries about each writer were created to accompany the series, as well as additional films where each writer discussed their own process and their tips for writing.

Dafydd on the Writing Process


Writer Profile: Dafydd James (2012)


Top Tips: Dafydd James


Driving Home For Christmas was broadcast daily on Radio Wales at 3.40pm, 17th-21st December, 2011, and a special Omnibus version was also transmitted at 6pm on Christmas Day.

It was produced in Cardiff for BBC Radio Wales by Emma Bodger and the cast included Aled Pugh, Shelley Rees, Sharon Morgan and Robert Pugh.

The project was a collaboration between Radio Wales, BBC Radio Drama, BBC Wales Learning & Interactive and Cyfle.

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