Transcript: Ep. 3 - Off the Beaten Track with Kate Humble | Dec 26, 2018

A clip shows a horse galloping on a green hill side.

A song goes WHOA-OHH-OHH
OOH-OOH, OOH-OOH
WHOA-OHH-OHH

Kate is in her late thirties, with chin-length curly blond hair and wears jeans, a green T-shirt and a blue zip-up jacket.

Kate says YOU MIGHT THINK THAT
THIS IS A CANADIAN FOREST.
THE AFRICAN SAVANNA.
THE SCOTTISH MOUNTAINS.
BUT THIS IS MY ADOPTED HOME,
WALES, AND THE MANY COUNTRIES
WITHIN IT.
I'VE ALWAYS BEEN DRAWN TO
REMOTE PLACES AROUND THE
WORLD, BUT ONLY RECENTLY I
STARTED QUESTIONING MYSELF.
WHY AM I TRAVELING TO THESE FAR
FLUNG PARTS OF THE WORLD TO LOOK
FOR AUTHENTIC, INTACT
COMMUNITIES WHEN THERE ARE
COMMUNITIES LIKE THAT RIGHT ON
MY DOORSTEP?
WALES IS HOME TO LESS THAN FIVE
PERCENT OF THE UK POPULATION,
WITH MOST PEOPLE CONCENTRATED
IN THE SOUTH.
AND THE SPARSELY INHABITED
COUNTRYSIDE IS EXACTLY WHAT
ATTRACTED ME TO MOVE HERE TEN
YEARS AGO.
SO I'M NOW TRAVELING THE LESSER
TRODDEN AREAS OF WALES, WITH MY
BEST WELSH FRIEND, TEG.
TO DISCOVER HOW ITS LANDSCAPES
ARE BEING SHAPED, AND HOW THEY
ARE SHAPING ITS PEOPLE.

Teg is a Welsh sheep dog.

A man with curly hair says SHWMAI!

Kate says SHWMAI!

(music plays)

Kate says LAST TIME, WE JOINED IN ON A
DEER CULL.

Kate says I KNOW FROM A CONSERVATION
POINT OF VIEW IT'S ABSOLUTELY
NECESSARY.
WE LOST CATTLE IN A WELSH
SUMMER MIST.

Driving cattle in the mist, Kate says YEAH, THEY'RE BACK ON THE THE
ROAD NOW, WILL!
I THINK-- NO, THEY'RE NOT.

Kate says AND I FORAGED FOR INGREDIENTS
TO MAKE GIN.

She smells some herbs and says JUST NEED A CLINKY GLASS AND A
SLICE OF LEMON, AND I'M AWAY!

She tastes the gin, grabs the bottle and says RIGHT, I'LL SEE YOU, PETE.

Kate says THIS IS
WALES, OFF THE BEATEN
TRACK.
OF COURSE, I MIGHT ONLY BE
ACCEPTED IN THESE COMMUNITIES
BECAUSE I'VE GOT THE RIGHT
NATIONALITY OF DOG.

The name of the show reads "Kate Humble: Off the Beaten Track."

A song goes WHOA-OHH-OHH
OOH-OOH, OOH-OOH

A map shows the location of Ponterwyd.

Kate says THIS WEEK, OUR JOURNEY STARTS
IN MID WALES, IN THE OPEN
WILDERNESS OF THE CAMBRIAN
MOUNTAINS, AT TY MAWR FARM.
THESE ROLLING HILLS HAVE HELPED
PROVIDE AND SUSTAIN THE COUNTRY
SINCE MEDIEVAL TIMES.
SHEEP FARMER DELYTH MORRIS-
JONES IS THE CURRENT CUSTODIAN.
SHE WORKS WITH LAND WITH THE
HELP OF HER SON, DAFYDD,
LOOKING AFTER A FLOCK OF 500
SHEEP, THE DESCENDANTS OF ONES
BRED ON THESE HILLS BACK IN THE
19TH CENTURY.
DELYTH'S FAMILY RENTED THIS
FARM FOR GENERATIONS UNTIL HER
FATHER BOUGHT IT IN 1942.
BUT 21ST CENTURY WALES IS MORE
CHALLENGING.

Delyth is in her sixties, with long wavy white hair in a half-do. She wears glasses, jeans, a plaid shirt, and a burgundy jacket.

Delyth says I THINK IF YOU TOOK
ME FROM THE FARM, IT WOULD BE
LIKE TAKING FISH OUT OF WATER.
IT'S BECAUSE GENERATIONS HAVE
BEEN HERE BEFORE.

Kate says YEAH.

Delyth says DAFYDD IS THE FOURTH
GENERATION ON THE FARM, AND
THEREFORE WHEN YOU WALK AROUND,
YOU SEE PAST GENERATIONS' WORK,
WALLS THAT THEY BUILT, WORK THAT
THEY DID, AND THEREFORE YOU FEEL
AS IF YOU ARE JUST PART OF THAT
ONGOING PROCESS.

Kate says YEAH.

Delyth says AND BECAUSE I'VE INHERITED
THE FARM, I FEEL IT'S A PLACE
THAT IT'S THERE FOR ME TO PASS
ON AGAIN, AND IT'S NOT AN ASSET
TO SELL.

Kate says YEAH, SO MANY THINGS HAVE
CHANGED, YOU KNOW, YOUR FATHER
BEING ABLE TO BUY THE FARM AND
PAY IT OFF IN TWENTY YEARS, JUST
FROM FARMING, THAT'S NO LONGER
POSSIBLE, YOU DON'T THINK?

Delyth says NO, IT WOULD TAKE TWO
GENERATIONS TO BUY A FARM NOW.

Kate says YEAH.

Delyth says THE COST OF EVERYTHING THAT
YOU'RE BUYING HAS BECOME FAR
MORE THAN YOU ARE MAKING
YOURSELF.

(BARKING)

Kate says THE SURVIVAL OF THE
FARM RELIES ON THE SALES OF
SHEEP.
IT'S MARKET DAY TOMORROW, AND
TEG AND HER NEW FRIEND, MORRIS,
A FELLOW WELSH SHEEPDOG, SEEM
EAGER TO GATHER THEM IN.

Dafydd is in his thirties, with short wavy brown hair and a beard. He wears jeans, a white shirt, rubber boots and a black beret.

Dafydd says MORRIS IS VERY, VERY TAKEN
BY TEG.

Kate says WHILE DAFYDD AND I HEAD FOR
THE HIGH GROUND, DELYTH COVERS
THE LOWER LAND.
(DAFYDD SHOUTING IN WELSH)

Dafydd says MORRIS!

Kate says IT'S THE MOST BEAUTIFUL
SIGHT, ISN'T IT?

Dafydd says IT'S GOOD, ISN'T IT?

Kate says LIKE MAGIC.
GOOD GIRL, TEG.
AND THE BEST THING IS THAT WE
CAN TAKE A BACKSEAT WHILE TEG
AND MORRIS DO ALL THE WORK.
DO YOU STILL THINK SOMETIMES
"GOSH, IT'S A MIRACLE?"
(LAUGHING)

Dafydd says THEY DID THAT, I
DIDN'T SAY MUCH, AND THEY JUST
DID IT!

Kate says YEAH, THEY JUST DID IT!

Delyth says THAT DOG IS IMPRESSIVE, KATE!
HOW DID YOU DO IT?!

Kate says I DID NOTHING AT ALL,
THAT'S THE MAIN THING.
IF I TRY AND GIVE HER
INSTRUCTIONS SHE JUST LOOKS AT
ME AND GOES "YOU DON'T REALLY
MEAN THAT, DO YOU?"

Delyth says SHE'S SO IMPRESSIVE!

Kate says MORRIS AND TEG SEEM
VERY PLEASED WITH THEMSELVES.
THESE DAYS, WELSH HILL
SPECKLED-FACE SHEEP ARE A RARE
BREED.
BACK AT THE YARD, I SEE WHY
DELYTH IS SO PASSIONATE ABOUT
KEEPING THEM GOING.
NOW THE FIRST THING IS WOULD SAY
IS THESE ARE THE MOST GORGEOUS
LOOKING SHEEP.

Delyth says OH, THANK YOU!
YOU KNOW WHAT TO SAY TO THE
FARMER.

Kate says I KNOW IT ALWAYS SOUNDS A
LITTLE BIT FRIVOLOUS BUT I DON'T
THINK THERE'S ANYTHING WRONG IN
WANTING BEAUTIFUL SHEEP.
AND THEY ARE IT!

Delyth says THEY SMILE!

Dafydd says THEY DO!

Delyth says THESE SHEEP SMILE AND
THEY'VE GOT THEIR MAKE UP ON
CORRECTLY.

Kate says YEAH, THEY HAVE!

Delyth says GOT THEIR LIPSTICK ON
CORRECTLY.

Dafydd says WE TOLD THEM YOU WERE COMING
AND THEY JUST THOUGHT THEY'D
SPRUCE THEMSELVES UP A BIT.

Kate says LET'S JUST HOPE THAT ALL
THEIR BEAUTY EFFORTS WILL HELP
THEM SELL WELL AT THE MARKET
TOMORROW.
THE FOLLOWING MORNING, WE LOAD
THE SHEEP ONTO THE TRAILER.
AND HEAD TO ONE OF THE LAST
TRADITIONAL LIVESTOCK MARTS
IN THE COUNTRY.
THE DEVIL'S BRIDGE MARKET IS A
MEETING HUB FOR THE FARMING
COMMUNITY.

Delyth says FARMING IS QUITE A LONELY
JOB, AND THEREFORE THIS A PLACE
WHERE THEY CAN COME TO SOCIALIZE
AND PASS ON INFORMATION TOO.

Kate says BUT FOR DELYTH, THIS IS ALSO
A WEEKLY REALITY CHECK.
THE PRICE OF HER PRODUCE HAS
NOT INCREASED IN 20 YEARS.
YOU'VE BEEN CRUNCHING NUMBERS,
HAVE YOU GOT A SENSE OF WHAT YOU
MIGHT HOPE TO GET TODAY?

Dafydd says THIS LOT HERE ARE COMING IN
AT SOMEWHERE AROUND THE 41,
40 POUND MARK.

Kate says YEAH.

Dafydd says AND THEN THIS LOT HERE ARE
SLIGHTLY LIGHTER...

Kate says RIGHT.

Dafydd says SO WE'D BE LOOKING AT
SOMEWHERE AROUND 36 POUNDS FOR THEM.

Kate says THAT'S THE PRICE PER
SHEEP, BASED ON THEIR WEIGHT.
THE DISPARITY BETWEEN WHAT
FARMERS GET FOR THE "RAW
PRODUCE," IF YOU LIKE, AND WHAT
WE PAY STILL SEEMS TO BE
ENORMOUS.

Dafydd says I'VE PLAYED AROUND WITH JUST
HOW MUCH LAND COSTS ON THE
INTERNET, SO YOU'RE TALKING
ABOUT AN AVERAGE THERE OF ABOUT
10 POUNDS A KILO, AND WE'RE COMING
HERE AND TALKING ABOUT THE 1.50 POUND
A KILO MARK.

Kate says YEAH.

Delyth says THERE'S SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE
BETWEEN US AND THE PLATE...

Kate says YES, YEAH.

Delyth says YOU KNOW, THERE ARE SO MANY
PEOPLE BETWEEN THE FIELD AND THE
PLATE UNFORTUNATELY.

Kate says YEAH, AND EVERYONE DOES NEED
TO MAKE A LIVING, DON'T THEY?

Delyth says EVERYONE DOES NEED TO MAKE A
LIVING, AND WE'RE AT THE BOTTOM
OF THE PILE.

The auctioneer says WE'RE WITH DELYTH
NOW, I THINK, ONE, TWO, THREE,
FOUR, FIVE.

Kate says IT'S OUR TURN TO ENTER
THE RING.

The auctioneer says FIVE MALE LAMBS FOR YOU,
THERE WE ARE, WHAT ARE YOU GOING
TO SAY ON THESE THEN?
WHO SAYS WHAT, WHERE ARE WE.
30 POUNDS TO START THEM THEN, 25 POUNDS
EVERYWHERE, 6 POUNDS, 7, 27, 27, 27,
27 AT 27 POUNDS, 27 AND A HALF...

Kate says DELYTH IS LOOKING FOR 36 POUNDS A
HEAD-- ALL I CAN DO IS CROSS MY
FINGERS.

The auctioneer says 28 AND A HALF, ARE YOU ALL
DONE, THEN AT 28 AND A HALF.

Delyth says DID YOU SAY 38?
(LAUGHING)
THAT'S FINE.

The auctioneer says 28 AND A HALF THEY GO, 28 AND
A HALF.

Kate says THAT WAS QUITE A LOT LESS
THAN DELYTH WAS HOPING FOR.
THESE NEXT ONES ARE THE HEAVIER
ONES, SHE'S HOPING TO GET 41 FOR
THESE.

The auctioneer says HERE WE ARE, GIVE ME 35, BID
35, 35, 35, 35, 35, 35 AT 35,
GOOD PRICED LAMB AT 35 ALL OUT
IN THE RING THEN THAT'S 35 POUNDS.

Delyth says CAN'T WE HAVE A
LITTLE BIT MORE?
YOU'VE GOT TWO LADIES IN THE
RING!

The auctioneer says YOU'VE GOT TO SPLIT IT TWO
WAYS, DO YOU?

Delyth says I'VE GOT TO SPLIT IT
TODAY.
WE NEED MORE THAN THAT!

The auctioneer says AT 35...

Kate says THEY'VE GOT TO BE WORTH 37!
COME ON, GENTS!

The auctioneer says 35 AND A HALF.
UP BY HALF, 6, 36, 36 AND A
HALF.
36 AND A HALF, ALL DONE THEN.
36 AND A HALF.
HE HELPED YOU AGAIN, DELYTH

Delyth says THANK YOU, DANIEL.

The auctioneer says GOOD PAL.

Kate says WASN'T GREAT PRICE, THEN.

Delyth says WASN'T GOOD PRICE AT
ALL, QUITE A LOT LOWER THAN WE
ANTICIPATED BEFORE GOING IN.

Kate says YEAH...
IT JUST FEELS SO WRONG AND SO
HEARTBREAKING, KNOWING THE WORK
THAT YOU AND DAFYDD PUT INTO
THOSE SHEEP, TO GET, YOU KNOW,
THIRTY-- WHAT WAS IT?
36 AND A HALF, THEY GOT.

Delyth says A HALF, YEAH.

Kate says PER SHEEP, 36 POUNDS FIFTY.

Delyth says AND YOU ALWAYS FEEL A BIT OF
A SORT OF, LET DOWN IN THE RING,
BECAUSE YOU COME FROM HOME, AND
YOU'VE DONE YOUR BEST FOR THEM,
AND YOU BRING THEM HERE AND
YOU'VE GOT A PRICE IN YOUR HEAD,
AND THEN YOU DON'T GET THERE.

Kate says YEAH.

Delyth says SOMETIMES PERHAPS IT'S BEST
NOT HAVING A PRICE IN YOUR HEAD.

Kate says YEAH, MAYBE, MAYBE.
THEY'RE STILL THE NICEST SHEEP
HERE, I THINK.

Delyth says THEY WERE SMILING!

Kate says THEY WERE.

Delyth says THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP,
KATE.

Kate says I DON'T THINK I HELPED AT
ALL!

Delyth says OH, IT CERTAINLY DID.

(music plays)

The map shows the location of Teifi Pools.

Kate says FARMERS LIKE DELYTH ARE
CONSTANTLY TRYING TO STRIKE A
BALANCE BETWEEN FINANCIAL
CHALLENGES AND LAND MANAGEMENT.
AS WE VENTURE DEEPER INTO THE
LARGELY UNPOPULATED CAMBRIAN
MOUNTAINS, I DISCOVER THAT LIFE
HERE ALSO OFFERS SOME
SPECTACULAR REWARDS.
IN THE SHAPE OF THE NIGHT SKY.
I MEET WITH LES AND KRIS FRY,
TWO AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS WHO
LEFT BOURNEMOUTH FOR MID WALES,
TO ROAM THE COUNTRYSIDE IN
SEARCH OF THE BEST SPOTS TO
CONTEMPLATE THE STARS.

Les is in his fifties, balding and clean-shaven. He wears glasses, gray trousers, and a blue jacket.

Kris is in her fifties, with chin length brown hair with bangs and wears glasses, gray trousers and a blue jacket.

They stand next to a big telescope.

Les says WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT
IS QUITE A MAGNIFIED VIEW OF THE
MOON.

Kate says I MEAN, YOU CAN
ACTUALLY SEE THE CRATERS.
I DON'T THINK YOU CAN EVER, EVER
GET BORED OF LOOKING AT THE
MOON, CAN YOU?

Kris says NO.

Kate says AND IS THERE A MAN IN
IT, AND IS IT MADE OF CHEESE?

Kris says WELL, IF IT WAS, HE WOULD BE
EATING IT.
(LAUGHING)

Kate says HOW MANY OF US ARE GUILTY OF
FORGETTING TO LOOK UP?
LETTING OUR EYES ADJUST TO THE
DARKNESS, AND CONTEMPLATING THE
UNIVERSE AROUND US.
WELL, AS I DISCOVER THIS NIGHT,
THE WELSH COUNTRYSIDE IS ONE OF
THE BEST PLACES TO DO JUST
THAT.

Kris says IN WALES, WE HAVE THE WORLD'S
MOST PROTECTED PERCENTAGE OF
DARK SKIES.

Kate says IN THE WORLD?

Kris says IN THE WORLD, YES.

Kate says IN WALES?!

Kris says YES.

Kate says REALLY?!

Kris says WE HAVE THREE AREAS, AND
POSSIBLY THE FOURTH HAS JUST
COME ON BOARD NOW WITH THE IDA
STATUS, YES.

Kate says AND IDA STATUS IS?

Kris says INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY
ASSOCIATION.

Kate says SO IT IS AN INTERNATIONAL
SORT OF, ACCREDITATION?

Kris says IT IS INTERNATIONAL, IT IS.

Les says IT'S AN INTERNATIONAL
RECOGNITION.
SO YEAH, WALES SHOULD BE PROUD
OF IT, IT IS A WORLD LEADER.
18 percent OF ITS LANDMASS IS UNDER
PROTECTED DARK SKIES, SO YOU
CAN GO OUTSIDE, LOOK UP, AND
GO "WOW."

Kate says THE ONE THING I CAN SHOW
OFF-- WELL, I'M NOT REALLY
SHOWING OFF, BECAUSE I JOLLY
WELL OUGHT TO KNOW, BUT THERE IS
ONE CONSTELLATION I KNOW ABOUT,
WHICH IS UP THERE, AND IT'S
KNOWN AS "THE PLOUGH," WHICH I
ALWAYS THINK IS SLIGHTLY WRONG,
BECAUSE IT SHOULD BE "THE
SAUCEPAN."
I KNOW THAT THE PLOUGH TELLS
YOU WHERE NORTH IS, BUT I'M NOT
QUITE SURE HOW.

Kris says WELL, TO THE RIGHT
HAND SIDE...

Kate says YEAH

Kris says --OF THE PLOUGH, THOSE
TWO STARS—

Kate says SLIGHTLY AT A DIAGONAL
FROM EACH OTHER?

Kris says YEAH, JUST GOING UP.
AND IF YOU FOLLOW THAT UP, AND
SLIGHTLY OVER TO YOUR RIGHT,
ABOUT A HAND'S BREADTH, YOU'LL
SEE ANOTHER STAR, THE POLE STAR.

Kate says THERE?
SO THAT IS THE NORTH STAR?

Kris says THAT'S THE NORTH STAR,
YES.
IF YOU DO TIME LAPSE PHOTOGRAPHY
AND SET YOUR CAMERA UP WITH THAT
IN THE CENTRE, THAT'S HOW YOU
GET ALL YOUR STAR TRAILS GOING
AROUND.

Kate says WOW... SO, BUT THAT
STAR WILL ALWAYS STAY THERE,
WILL IT, AND THE REST OF THE
STARS BASICALLY MOVE AROUND IT...

Kris says THAT'S RIGHT.

Kate says IN THIS RATHER
WONDERFUL DANCE.
IS THERE ANYTHING IN THE NIGHT
SKY AT THE MOMENT WORTH PEOPLE
COMING OUT?

Les says WELL AT THE MOMENT,
SATURN IS STILL ON VIEW.

Kate says OKAY, WOW ME.
COME ON, LES
(LAUGHING)

Les says LET'S SEE WHAT I CAN DO.

Kate says THAT'S-- IT'S LIKE A FLYING
SAUCER!

Les says IT'S ONE OF THE OBJECTS YOU
CAN POINT OUT TO SOMEBODY IN THE
NIGHT SKY, YEP, "THAT'S THE
PLANET SATURN OVER THERE," AND
IT JUST LOOKS LIKE A POINT OF
LIGHT.

Kate says IT'S GOT THAT KIND OF, WHAT I
WOULD CALL "MONA LISA STATUS."
IT'S SO FAMILIAR, BUT WHEN YOU
SEE THE REAL THING...

Kris says WITH YOUR OWN EYES.

Kate says WITH YOUR OWN EYES, THAT'S
THE THING.
IT IS JUST EXTRAORDINARY.
I MEAN THE MONA LISA ACTUALLY
MADE ME CRY WHEN I SAW THE REAL
THING, AND THIS, I'M SORT OF
LIKE, CLOSE, I FEEL A LITTLE BIT
EMOTIONAL.
I'VE VERY SOPPY.
BUT IS THERE A WAY OF LIGHTING
UP WHAT WE NEED TO LIGHT UP, YOU
KNOW MAKING PEOPLE FEEL SAFE,
MAKING ROADS SAFE, THAT KIND OF
THING, THAT STILL ALLOWS...
THIS MAGNIFICENCE?

Les says ABSOLUTELY, YEAH.
IT'S NOT ABOUT "WE WANT ALL
LIGHTS SWITCHED OFF," IT'S ABOUT
CONTROLLING THE LIGHT SO THE
LIGHT IS ACTUALLY DIRECTED DOWN
WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE.
ANY LIGHT THAT'S GOING OUT
ABOVE THE HORIZONTAL IS JUST
PURE WASTED LIGHT, IT'S GOING
UP INTO SPACE.

Kate says RIGHT

Les says THAT AFFECTS ASTRONOMERS,
FROM A PERSONAL POINT OF VIEW.
IT ALSO AFFECTS WILDLIFE, FLORA
AND FAUNA...

Kate says YEAH.

Les says SO IT'S NOT JUST PURELY
ASTRONOMERS, WE'VE ALL GOT A
24 HOUR DAY-NIGHT RHYTHM BUILT
INTO US, SO IT MAKES SENSE
ACTUALLY FOR YOU TO MAKE THE
TINY LITTLE ADJUSTMENT TO
ACTUALLY ANGLE THE THING DOWN.

Kate says AND IF EVERYONE...

Les says AND THE PROBLEM...

Kate points at the sky and says COULD JUST COME OUT OF THEIR
DOOR AND LOOK UP AND SEE THAT...

Les says YEAH.

Kate says I MEAN, YOU'D SMILE.
THAT'S WHY YOU TWO ARE SO
SMILEY, ISN'T IT?
I'VE GOT THE SECRET NOW!
(LAUGHING)
YOU REALLY HAVE GOT STARS IN
YOUR EYES, IT'S AMAZING!
WELL, THANK YOU, WHAT A TREAT TO
BE HERE, IT'S JUST...

Kris says GLAD TO HAVE YOU OUT HERE
WITH US!

Kate says CAN I JUST INDULGE IN MY
FAVOURITE THING TO DO IN A SKY
LIKE THIS?
SORRY, EVERYBODY.
(LAUGHING)

She lies on the grass looking up and says 'CAUSE THAT'S THE BEST WAY.

Kris says YEAH, TEG!

Teg comes along starts playing with her.

Kate says TEG, YOU'RE IN THE WAY!
(ALL LAUGHING)
NO, TEG, YOU'RE BLOCKING MY
VIEW!
(LAUGHING)

(music plays)

Kate AS THE DAY BREAKS, WE REACH
ROUGHLY THE MIDWAY POINT
BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH WALES,
ENTERING THE HISTORIC MARKET
TOWN OF RHAYADER.
IN AN AGE OF NATIONAL CHAIN
OUTLETS ON THE HIGH STREETS,
I'M DRAWN TO ONE OF THE OLDEST
INDEPENDENT SHOPS IN TOWN.
THE IRON MONGER'S, WHO'S BEEN
SUPPLYING THE RESIDENTS WITH
ALL SORTS SINCE 1895.

She walks in the hardware shop and says FANTASTIC SHOP!

Tom says THANK YOU!

Kate says ARE YOU TOM?

Tom is in his twenties, clean-shaven and with short straight light brown hair. He wears a white shirt and a beige apron.

Tom says TOM, NICE TO MEET YOU.

Kate says YOU MUST BE PAULINE.

Pauline says YES.

Pauline is in her sixties, with short wavy white hair and wears glasses, a black jacket and a beige apron.

Kate says THIS IS THE SORT OF SHOP, MY
HUSBAND, IF HE WALKS PAST
SOMETHING THAT SAYS "HARDWARE."
ON IT, HE CAN'T RESIST IT.
IT'S A LITTLE TREASURE TROVE,
ISN'T IT?

Pauline says YES.

Kate says HOW HAVE YOU MANAGED TO KEEP
GOING?

Tom says WE'RE FORTUNATE THAT WE'RE
IN A SMALL COMMUNITY, AND WE DO
GET A LOT OF SUPPORT FROM THE
LOCALS, THEY LOVE THE OLD LITTLE
SHOPS, AND IN THE SUMMER,
TOURISM.
IT MAKES A BIG FACTOR FOR US.

Pauline says TOURISM IS VERY
IMPORTANT TO US.
OUTDOOR PEOPLE.

Kate says RIGHT.

Pauline says THEY SEEM TO MAKE A
BEELINE FOR US.

Kate says WELL, IT DOES SELL
PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING.
YOU EVEN HAVE THINGS TO SUPPLY
HARRY POTTER!

Tom says YEAH, GOT THE WANDS IN THE
BACK.

Kate says I DON'T SEE ANY WIZARDS
POPPING IN, BUT BEHIND THE
COUNTER, I DISCOVER THERE'S A
SPELL ON THE TOWN TO LURE
PEOPLE INTO FISHING.
ARE THESE SUPPOSED TO IMITATE
SOMETHING IN REAL LIFE?

Tom says THEY ARE, THEY'RE ALL
DESIGNED AROUND AN ACTUAL FLY.

Kate says I- UM, TOM, I HAVE
NEVER SEEN A FLY LIKE THAT IN
WALES.
(LAUGHING)
OR INDEED ANYWHERE ELSE.
I THINK YOU'D BE HARD PUSHED
TO FIND A FLY DRESSED LIKE THAT
FOR A CARNIVAL.

Tom says WELL, THESE FLIES ARE VERY
GOOD FOR RAINBOW TROUT, WHICH
ARE ORIGINALLY FROM AMERICA.

Kate says AH, SO THEY LIKE SOMETHING A
BIT FLASHY.

Tom says YEAH, THEY DO LIKE IT A BIT
FLASHY.

Kate says PERFECT, OH, SHALL I DO...
UM, CAN I HELP?

A customer says CAN I HAVE THAT PLEASE?

Kate says ROSE CLEAR ULTRA GUN.
I'M SURE YOU CAN.
I'M STILL TRYING TO SELL
BEAUTIFUL-- LOOK, DON'T YOU NEED
ONE OF THOSE?

The customer says NO, I DON'T.
(LAUGHING)
SORRY.

Kate says IT'S ONLY BEEN THERE FOR 300
YEARS.
(LAUGHING)

The customer pays for his purchase.

Tom says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Kate says THERE YOU ARE.
I KNOW YOU DON'T NEED A BAG.

The customer says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Tom says THANK YOU, BYE.

Kate says I FEEL A NEW-- NEW CAREER
COMING ON, A BIT OF SELLING
HARDWARE.

Tom says YEAH.

Kate says A BIT OF FISHING IN THE
AFTERNOON.

Tom says IT'S A NICE WAY TO LIVE.

Kate says YEAH.
I'VE DONE THE SELLING, NOW TOM
BRAVELY VOLUNTEERS TO GIVE ME
MY VERY FIRST FLY FISHING
LESSON, ON THE RIVER ELAN, THAT
RUNS ALONG THE FAMILY'S SMALL
HOLDING.
OH, IT'S BEAUTIFUL!

Tom says YEAH, REALLY NICE.

Kate says LOOK AT THIS!
WOW!
RIGHT.

Tom says SO, I THINK BEFORE WE GET
DOWN THERE AND DO SOME FISHING...

Kate says YEAH.

Tom says I THINK I SHOULD GIVE YOU A
QUICK CASTING LESSON.

Kate says I THINK THAT'S A VERY
SENSIBLE IDEA.

Tom says YEAH, LET'S DO THAT, LET'S
HAVE A GO.
WE'RE GONNA DO THE SCENE FROM
GHOST
NOW, OKAY?

Kate laughs.

Kate says I WAS HOPING YOU WERE GONNA
SAY THAT!

He grabs her from behind and says RIGHT, OKAY.
SO... NICE AND LOW START.

Kate says YEAH.

Tom says OKAY, THEN WE'RE GONNA BRING
IT BACK.

Kate says YEAH.

Tom says AND AS IT GETS TO RIGHT
THERE, YOU'RE GONNA LET IT RUN
THROUGH YOUR HAND.

Kate says OKAY.

Tom says OKAY, READY?

Kate says YEAH.

Tom says SO BACK THERE, OUT.
WAIT A SECOND.
LOOK AT THAT.

Kate says IT'S AMAZING WHAT YOU CAN DO
WHEN YOU'VE GOT A GHOST HELPING
YOU.

Tom says YEAH.

He laughs and says SHOULD WE GIVE IT A GO?

Kate says YEAH, WHY NOT!

Tom says LET'S DO IT.

(music plays)

Kate says OKAY.
NORMALLY, THE RIVER HAS A
HEALTHY POPULATION OF WILD
BROWN TROUT, BUT WITH A CERTAIN
GINGER MONSTER LURKING IN THE
WATER, WE MIGHT END UP GOING
HUNGRY THIS EVENING.

In the water, Tom says SO HERE WE ARE.
NICE AND SLOW, OFF YOU GO.

Kate says OOH!

Tom says OH, WHERE'D THAT GO?

Kate says OVER THERE, SOMEWHERE.
IT DIDN'T GO ANYWHERE THAT I
THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO.
(LAUGHING)
THIS IS REALLY HARD.

Tom says YEAH, IT IS A BIT DIFFICULT,
BUT THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

Kate says IT'S A LOT EASIER ON DRY
LAND.

Tom says YEAH, IT IS, THE FLY STAYS
STILL, DOESN'T IT?

Kate says YEAH, IT DOES

Tom says SO WE JUST FLICK IT AROUND
TO START.
OKAY.
THAT'S IT, NICE AND SLOW.
AND AGAIN.

Kate says COME ON, FISHY, FISHY
FISHY, FISHY, FISHY, FISHY.
THERE'S NO FISH, TOM.

Tom says THEY'RE HERE SOMEWHERE,
I SWEAR.
(KATE LAUGHING)
SEE, MY FAMILY HAVE BEEN IN THE
ELAN VALLEY FOR OVER TWELVE
GENERATIONS.

Kate says REALLY?

Tom says YEAH, HUNDREDS OF YEARS, AND
WE'VE BEEN FISHING THE RIVER
ELAN FOR AS LONG AS WE CAN
REMEMBER.
MY GRANDFATHER USED TO BRING ME
DOWN HERE AS A KID, AND I'VE GOT
GREAT MEMORIES.
AND I HOPE TO BRING MY SON
ARTHUR DOWN HERE, WHEN HE'S A
BIT OLDER AND TEACH HIM TO FISH,
TOO.

Kate says I'M QUITE SURE YOU
WILL.
I'M GONNA GET ONE GOOD CAST IF
IT KILLS ME.
THAT WAS RUBBISH, THAT WAS
SHOCKING.

(music plays)

Kate says IT DOESN'T TAKE ME LONG TO
UNDERSTAND WHY TOM IS SO
PASSIONATE ABOUT FLY FISHING.
TO ME, THIS IS ABOUT FINDING A
RHYTHM, WHILE IMMERSED IN AN
IDYLLIC LANDSCAPE WITH THE
POWER TO SOOTHINGLY WASH AWAY
ALL THE STRESSES AND WORRIES OF
LIFE.
THE FISH MIGHT NOT BE BITING,
BUT I'M HOOKED.
OH, IT IS INTOXICATING, ISN'T
IT?

Tom says EVERY TIME YOU BRING THE LINE
BACK IN, YOU THINK...

Kate says GOT THAT BIT OF HOPE.

Tom says THIS COULD BE THE TIME.

Kate says I CAME HERE LAST NIGHT, AND I
DID CATCH A COUPLE OF FISH.

Tom says DID YOU?!

Kate says I DID, YEAH, I CAUGHT SOME
LOVELY BROWN TROUT JUST IN THE
POOL OVER THERE, AND I CAME
PREPARED.

Tom says REALLY?

Kate says SO IN THE EVENT THAT YOU
DIDN'T CATCH ANY FISH...

Tom says PART OF ME IS DELIGHTED, AND
PART OF ME THINKS "GOSH, YOU
REALLY DID HAVE SO LITTLE FAITH
IN ME."
(LAUGHING)

Tom says NO, IT'S...

Kate says QUITE RIGHTLY!

Tom says IT CAN HAPPEN TO THE BEST OF
ANGLERS, DON'T WORRY.

Kate says SO TOM INTRODUCES ME TO HIS
CATCH, AND TREATS ME TO AN AL
FRESCO DINNER.
FOOD COOKED OUTSIDE IN THE
SUNSHINE ALWAYS TASTES 100 PERCENT
BETTER.

Tom says DEFINITELY, IT'S THE BEST WAY
OF DOING IT, AND YOU DON'T GET
MUCH FRESHER THAN THIS.

Kate says NO, EXACTLY, NO FOOD MILES.

Tom says NO.

Kate says NO REFRIGERATION.

Tom says NO.

Kate says EVEN THE HARDWARE ONLY CAME
FROM DOWN THE ROAD.

Tom says EXACTLY!
(LAUGHING)

Tom melts some butter on a frying pan and cooks the fish.

He says I'D SAY THAT'S GOOD TO GO.

Kate says I'D SAY THAT'S ABSOLUTELY
GOOD TO GO, MAINLY BECAUSE I
DON'T THINK I CAN WAIT ANY
LONGER.

Tom says NOPE!

Kate says HERE YOU GO, FISHERMAN, YOU
DID THE HARD WORK.

Tom says THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Kate says CHEERS!

Tom says BON APPETIT!
MM.

(music plays)

Kate says OUR NEXT STOP IS A
PERSONAL TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE.
TWO YEARS AGO, I DISCOVERED
THAT TEG IS A WELSH SHEEPDOG.
A RARE BREED WE ALMOST LOST.

A man with white hair says WE FOUND 80 OF THEM, BUT OF
THE 80, 20 WERE TOO OLD TO
BREED.
EXTINCTION WOULD HAVE OCCURRED
IN THE NEXT 5 YEARS.

Kate says FOR TEG TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE
FUTURE OF THE BREED, SHE WAS
ASSESSED BY THE WELSH SHEEPDOG
SOCIETY.

Kate and Teg meet with 4 gentlemen on a field.

Kate says YOU ALL LOOK QUITE INTIMIDATING.
(LAUGHING)
MORNING, KATE, LOVELY TO SEE
YOU.
HOW ARE YOU, IAN?
THESE FARMERS HAVE SPENT THE
LAST 20 YEARS BRINGING THIS
BREED BACK FROM NEAR
EXTINCTION, SO THEY HAVE VERY
HIGH STANDARDS.

Kate says -WE'RE BOTH A BIT NERVOUS.

Kate says TO EARN HER CREDENTIALS, TEG
HAD TO WORK IN A WAY UNIQUE TO
THIS BREED.
TAIL UP HIGH, ALWAYS ON THE
MOVE, AND NEVER FIXING HER
STARE.
STEADY.

Kate says ALTHOUGH TEG IMPRESSED THE
JUDGES WITH HER WORKING STYLE,
SADLY, SHE FAILED ON HER
HERITAGE, AS HER GRANDFATHER
WAS A BORDER COLLIE.
THERE WAS, HOWEVER, A CHANCE
THAT IF WE BRED FROM HER, THE
PUPS MAY BE ABLE TO BE
REGISTERED AND CONTRIBUTE TO
THE BREED.
ENTER THE HANDSOME TANGO, A
HARDWORKING FERAL SHEEP
CATCHER, 100 PERCENT WELSH SHEEPDOG.

A clip shows a man catching a sheep.

Kate says ANOTHER POTENTIAL HUSBAND.
NOT SIMON, OBVIOUSLY, HE'S
MARRIED, I'M NOT-- FOR TEG.
TANGO, I MEAN.
A FEW WEEKS LATER, TEG GAVE
BIRTH TO A BEAUTIFUL LITTER.
FOUR GIRLS AND A BOY.
CUTE AS THEY WERE, WE GAVE THEM
AWAY TO WORKING FARMS.
THAT WAS 18 MONTHS AGO.
NOW IT'S TIME TO SEE IF
EVERYTHING I PUT TEG THROUGH
WAS WORTH IT.

The map now shows the location of Cefn Gorwydd.

Kate says THE FAMILY IS MEETING UP AT THE
SAME FARM TEG WAS ASSESSED TWO
YEARS AGO.
TODAY IS THEIR VERY OWN
JUDGEMENT DAY.
MEET DOLLY!

A Brown and white female dog with a pink collar appears.

Kate says SHE'S BIG, DOLLY, ISN'T SHE?
SHAUN...

A Brown and white male dog appears.

Kate says AND THE APTLY NAMED KATE
HUMBLE.

A Brown, black and white female dog with a pink collar appears.

Kate says IN THE HOPE OF GAINING THEIR
REGISTRATION, THREE OUT OF
TEG'S FIVE PUPS ARE HERE TO BE
ASSESSED BY THE WELSH SHEEPDOG
SOCIETY.
ADELINE JONES REMINDS ME OF
WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING FOR.

Adeline is in her forties, with chin-length slightly wavy Brown hair with bangs. She wears black trousers and a blue T-shirt.

She says WE'RE JUST LOOKING AT HOW
THEY WORK, AND WHETHER THEY SET,
AND WHETHER THEY'VE GOT EYE, AND
WHETHER THEY ARE DOING WHAT
THEIR OWNER ASKS THEM TO DO.

Kate says AND THE SET AND THE EYE THAT
YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT, THOSE ARE
THE VERY COLLIE TRAITS, AREN'T
THEY?
THOSE ARE THE TRAITS WHERE...

Adeline says THOSE ARE THE CROUCHING AND
WHAT WE CALL THE "FIXED EYE."
IS WHERE THEY ARE STARING AT
INDIVIDUAL SHEEP.

Kate says AND THAT'S WHAT YOU DON'T
WANT TO SEE.

Adeline says WE DON'T WANT TO SEE ANY OF
THAT, NO, AND WE LIKE TO SEE
THEIR TAILS UP.

Kate says THE MOMENT OF TRUTH IS HERE.
THE FIRST TO TAKE THE FIELD IS
DOLLY.

Adeline says THIS ONE TAKES AFTER
DAD, DOESN'T SHE?

Kate says SHE'S A BIT LIKE A BULL IN A
CHINA SHOP.
IT'S NOT A GREAT START BECAUSE
AFTER EVERY MOVE, SHE KEEPS
COMING BACK TO HER OWNER.

A man in a hat says TOO MUCH UNDER CONTROL.

Another man says YEAH.

Kate says YOU FORGET HOW SCARY
YOU LOT ARE.
(ALL LAUGHING)
I REMEMBER THIS DAY.
TWO YEARS AGO, I WAS ABSOLUTELY
TERRIFIED.

Adeline says THAT DOG'S ALL RIGHT, THERE'S
NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT DOG.
HERE SHE GOES, HERE SHE GOES.

Kate says AH, THAT'S LOVELY.
OH NO, DON'T GO BACK!

The man in the hat says THAT DOG HAS BEEN WORKING
ALONGSIDE A BIKE.

Kate says THAT MEANS THAT DOLLY IS USED
TO FOLLOWING HER OWNER
ALONGSIDE A QUAD BIKE, MOVING
THE SHEEP FORWARD INSTEAD OF
ROUNDING THEM UP.
BUT YOU WOULDN'T MARK A DOG
DOWN, YOU WOULDN'T SAY "THAT'S
NOT A WELSH DOG."

A man says NO.

Kate says WELL, THAT'S GOOD TO KNOW.
NEXT, SIMON MOGFORD BRINGS IN
MY NAMESAKE, KATE HUMBLE.
SIMON SAY'S SHE'S A BIT...

Adeline says HEAD CASE?

Kate says MAD AS A BOX OF FROGS,
HE SAID.

Adeline says KEEN, SHE IS.
THAT'S WHAT IT IS.

Kate says KEEN, YEAH, JUST LIKE
HER MUM WAS, ALL THOSE YEARS
AGO.
(BLEATING)

Adeline says LIKES TO SPLIT ONE,
DOESN'T SHE?

Kate says THAT'S THE TRAIT.
THAT'S TEG-- THAT IS DEFINITELY
TEG GENES IN THAT, ISN'T THERE

Adeline says SIMON CAN SORT THAT.

Kate says TEG TRIES TO HELP BY
DISTRACTING THE JUDGES.

Teg jumps on Adeline.

Adeline says HELLO, YOU, YES, I KNOW!

Kate says SHE SAID "OH, DON'T
LOOK AT HER, LOOK AT ME!"
(LAUGHING)

Kate says IN THE SAME WAY THAT THE
JUDGES PICKED ON TEG, THEY
FOLLOW SUIT WITH THE DAUGHTER.

Ian is in his fifties, with short gray hair and a thick beard. He wears jeans and a light gray shirt.
He says SHE ISN'T WORKING, SHE'S ONLY
HAVING FUN.

Kate says BUT THE KEY THING IS
IS SHE HAVING FUN IN A WELSH
WAY?

Ian says YES, I SUPPOSE SO.
(LAUGHING)

Kate says WELL, THAT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR
ME.
LAST ON THE FIELD IS SHAUN, THE
ONLY BOY OF THE LITTER, AND THE
HEARTTHROB.
YOU TURNED OUT TO BE A HANDSOME
BOY, YOU WERE SO ROUND AND FAT!

Ian says I MUST SAY TANGO'S
CROSSED THAT PERFECT.

Kate says HE HAS, HASN'T HE?

Ian says BECAUSE WELSHES ARE HELD
SO MUCH YOU WOULDN'T THINK
THERE'S ANY BORDER IN THEM AT
ALL.

Kate says STEADY NOW, THAT SOUNDS LIKE
A COMPLIMENT.
SHAUN SEEMS A BIT DISTRACTED.
HE SEEMS MORE INTERESTED IN THE
THISTLES AT THE MOMENT.
SO THE PANEL ALLOWS HIS MUM,
TEG, TO SHOW HER SON THE ROPES.
GO TO SIMON-- NO, TEG!
THERE YOU ARE, YOU CAN ASSESS
HER!

Ian says SHOW HIM HOW TO DO IT.

Kate says SHE'S SHOWING HIM HOW TO DO
IT, YEAH.
TO MY PRIDE, THE JUDGES ARE
WOWED BY HER.

Adeline says SHE'S IMPROVED SINCE WE SEEN
HER LAST, HASN'T SHE?

Ian says LET HER CARRY ON.
SHE'S AT THEM PERFECT.

Another man says SHE'S DOING VERY GOOD.

Kate says NOT ONLY THAT, BUT GUIDANCE
FROM MUM WORKED.
THIS IS LIKE MY HAPPIEST MOMENT,
STANDING HERE WATCHING HER WORK.

Adeline says PROUD GRANNY!

Kate says I AM, I AM!
AND LOOK, HE'S DOING ALL RIGHT
NOW, ISN'T HE?

Adeline says HE'S GOING NOW.

Kate says HE'S GOING NOW.

Adeline says HE'S STARTING TO GET HIS
CONFIDENCE NOW, ISN'T HE?

Kate says YEAH, YEAH.

Adeline says YEAH, THERE HE IS.

Kate says TEG'S JOB IS DONE.

She pats Teg and says GOOD GIRL!
GOOD GIRL!
SHOWING YOUR BOY WHAT TO DO.
WELL DONE, SHAUNIE!
WE NERVOUSLY LEAVE THE JUDGES
DELIBERATING FOR A MOMENT, BUT
IT DOESN'T TAKE LONG FOR THE
RESULTS.

Adeline says WE'VE LOOKED AT YOUR DOGS
TODAY.
ON THE BASIS THAT THEY DON'T
SHOW SET AND THEY DON'T SHOW EYE
AND THEY'RE SEVEN EIGHTHS WELSH,
THAT WE'VE ESTABLISHED AS FACT,
WE'RE HAPPY TO REGISTER AND GIVE
GREEN CARDS.
AT THIS STAGE WE FEEL THAT THEIR
TRAINING ISN'T ADVANCED ENOUGH
TO GIVE THEM A BREEDING
CERTIFICATE.

Kate says OKAY.

Adeline says THAT, I DON'T THINK
WILL BE A PROBLEM, BUT THEY JUST
NEED A BIT MORE DONE WITH THEM
TO HAVE THE BREEDING LICENSE.

Kate says WELL, I'M DELIGHTED.
THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH.
INDEED, WELL DONE!
AND WELL DONE, TEG AND TANGO!
NEW WELSH LINE!
THAT'S REALLY EXCITING, BECAUSE
IT MEANS THAT TEG, TOGETHER WITH
TANGO, HAVE DONE THEIR LITTLE
BIT TO KEEP THE WELSH SHEEPDOG
GOING.
NEXT TIME, I TRY MY HAND AT
TROTTING.

Riding a horse-drawn carriage, Kate says OH, MATTHEW I'M LOVING IT!
YOU ARE NOT HAVING YOUR HORSE
BACK!
(LAUGHING)

(music plays)

Kate looks at a clip on a night vision camera and says I MEET THE AQUATIC RODENTS
MAKING A COMEBACK IN WALES.
OH, THAT'S FANTASTIC!

A bearded man says THESE ARE TRUE WELSH BEAVERS.
BORN AND BRED.

Kate says AND WE TAKE TO THE WATER TO
REACH THE END OF OUR JOURNEY.

On a rowing boat, Kate says WITH KATE THEN GENTLEMEN.
MAKE HER LOOK GOOD.

Kate says OH, COME ON, KATE!

Music plays as the end credits roll.

Presented by Kate Humble.

Produced and directed by Raquel Toniolo.

Tatu Pictures for BBC Cymru Wales.
Copyright 2017, Tatu Pictures Limited.

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