Popular quiz show Sion a Siân returns to S4C this week to find out how much Welsh couples know about each other.
The show has been a firm fixture in Welsh television schedules for more than 50 years, and back to present the latest series – and their third together – are Stifyn Parri, from Rhosllannerchrugog, near Wrexham, and Heledd Cynwal, from Llandeilo.
“We enjoy working together and co-hosting the programme,” says Stifyn. “We are Sion and Siân – and of course, I’m Siân! But the star of the show is the format, because it’s been a success around the world – and it was first broadcast in Welsh. It’s part of our DNA here in Wales!”
In the show, two couples answer questions about each other, to find out who knows their partner the best. Stifyn, Heledd and the audience also hear some interesting and funny tales from the couples and get a sneak peak at their homes. Although there’s £1,000 jackpot at stake, the atmosphere while filming the show has been nothing but fun, according to the presenters.
For this series, the show was filmed at Venue Cymru, in Llandudno, for the first time in the history of the programme. The presenters enjoyed the welcome they received at their new home by the sea.
“Personally, I’ve enjoyed being in Llandudno,” explained Heledd. “But I think it’s also given the people travelling up from mid and south Wales an enjoyable day out. It’s like a mini break for them!”
Stifyn added, “There’s a different feel to shooting the series here, at a theatre in Venue Cymru. There’s a warmer feeling here than at a studio. It helps being the best out of Sion a Siân!”
In this first programme, the couples come from mid and north Wales. Catrin and Mesach Jones live in Llanbadarn Fawr, near Aberystwyth. Catrin is keen member of several drama societies and Mesach enjoys cooking when home from his travels as a livestock lorry driver. Siôn Morgan and Siwan Williams live in Llanfaelog on Anglesey. They met 10 years ago in the sixth form when they were both studying Music.
Now they are teachers themselves and music still plays a large part in their lives as Siôn is drummer with the group ‘Masters in France’.
Sion a Siân can be seen on Friday, April 15, at 8.25pm, on S4C with English subtitles.