Face to Face 2013

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In an age of soundbites, it's rare to get the chance to talk to those in the public eye at greater length. Face to Face is that opportunity. Politicians, public figures and extraordinary people reveal their thoughts, their motives; what they stand for and why they do what they do.

You can watch the programmes which have already been broadcast this series below. The new editions will be added to this page after they're shown on ITV Cymru Wales.

And if you click here, you can still watch all 14 programmes in last year's series.

Programme 9: Kevin Johns

One of the most famous faces - and voices - in Swansea, Kevin Johns is many things: broadcaster, actor, minister, clown and pantomime dame. In this programme he talks about why he's tried his hands at so many things, why he's turned down bigger opportunities to stay in his home city and what keeps him going.

Programme 8: Wendy Hopkins

As one of Wales' leading divorce lawyers, Wendy Hopkins has a formidable reputation and a high profile. But her story is remarkable: she left school early and started work as a secretary, only later training as a lawyer and building up her own practice.

Programme 7: Dafydd Wigley

Dafydd Wigley has seen more political ups and downs than most. In this programme he talks about his two stints as leader of Plaid Cymru, the events which drove him into politics, the triumphs and the failures. And he talks openly not just about the personal cost of political problems but also family tragedy and the loss of his two young sons.

Programme 6: Dafydd Elis Thomas


**He's never been afraid of controversy whether as leader of Plaid Cymru or as Presiding Officer of the National Assembly. Here, Dafydd Elis Thomas looks back at some of those controversies and hints about political battles yet to come.

Programme 5: Kirsty Williams

The leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats talks about the accusations that she wrecked chances of rainbow coalition in Cardiff Bay, what it's like to take difficult decisions as the leader of a political party and what it's like to have a young family at the same time.

Programme 4: Simon Richardson

The double gold medal-winning Paralympian talks about how he became an athlete after an accident which put an end to his motorbike mania. He explains what it's like to compete and win at the highest level.

He also talks frankly about the devastating hit and run smash which left him nearly paralysed, the emotional and the physical struggle to battle back to health and his hope that he'll compete again.

Programme 3: Helen Mary Jones

Helen Mary Jones has been one of the most familiar faces in Welsh politics since she became one of the first Assembly Members. And as one of Plaid Cymru's most senior figures, she's been at the centre of many of the party's highs and lows.

In tonight's Face to Face she talks openly about those times, including Plaid's 2003 leadership crisis when she was among those accused of plotting against Ieuan Wyn Jones, accusations she still finds painful.

Now party chair, Helen Mary Jones remains in an influential position within Plaid but I wondered if she misses being an AM and if she's planning on standing again.

We look back too at the background and values that made her the person and politician she is today: her upbringing in Essex,the strong sense of a Welsh identity passed on from her father and the radical politics which led her to join Plaid Cymru and eventually become the AM for Llanelli.

Programme 2: Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy has been the Labour MP for Torfaen since 1987 and was Welsh Secretary twice and Northern Ireland Secretary.

He'd earlier played a crucial role in the talks which led to the historic Good Friday Agreement.

In the programme he talks about that experience and why he thinks now is the time to review that Agreement.

But he also opens up about growing up in Abersychan and the Catholic faith which continues to shape his political thinking.

Programme 1: David Jones

The programme which hit the headlines when the Welsh Secretary faced a storm of criticism for comments about equal marriage he made during the interview.

David Jones made the remarks which provoked such an intense reaction when I asked him why he was one of two cabinet members to vote against the UK Government's plans to legalise gay marriage.

And we spoke about an earlier controversy from the short period when he was an Assembly Member. Back then the row was about his membership of the Freemasons. What does he make of that dispute now?

Despite being a former AM, he's often painted as an anti-devolutionist or at best a reluctant convert. I ask him what his real feelings about devolution are.

Of course, the conversation is about more than just the disputes. He tells me what made him join the Conservative party at the age of 18, the families values of self-reliance learned from his father whom he describes as 'the hardest-working man I've ever met' and the role his Christian faith plays in his life.