Wales This Week: After The Floods

This winter Wales was hit by a series of devastating and life-threatening winter storms, which led to the worst flooding we’ve seen for a generation.

Now, nearly two months later the headlines have moved on, but how are the people at the heart of our communities coping in the aftermath?

What are the long term impacts?

And, what can be done to prevent future disasters?

Coast & Country: Episode 5

The farm that’s now a zoo where an endangered baby rhino has been born.

Plus the cystic fibrosis ultra athlete pushing his body to the limit to help and inspire others - that’s Coast & Country with Ruth Wignall.

The following programme was filmed before the Government’s social distancing and restrictions on travel were introduced.

Sharp End March 30th

As Wales continues to adapt to life in lockdown, Adrian Masters was joined by First Minister Mark Drakeford to talk coronavirus testing, working with the UK Government and how Welsh communities are pulling together to get through the crisis.

Elsewhere Owain Phillips spoke to Spanish journalist Dorothee Fischer about how Spain is coping with the pandemic.

And in these uncertain times, we hear from Rhondda MP Chris Bryant who is trying to bring a bit of joy to people's lives with the power of social media.

Wales This Week: Coronavirus - Can We Cope?

Is Wales ready to cope with Coronavirus?

Are we doing enough to protect the health of elderly and vulnerable people?

And is our economy able to withstand the impact?

Parts of this programme were filmed before the current advice on social distancing.

Sharp End March 23rd

As the Prime Minister announced strict measures in a bid to stop the spread of Coronavirus, Adrian Masters was joined by Health Minister Vaughan Gething to explain how it will effect Wales.
Before the announcement, Owain Phillips spoke to Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price from his second-week of self-isolation about staying safe and how parties should work together in this crisis.
And it's a time of great uncertainty for employers and employees alike as everyone is told to stay home, so we asked employment lawyer Bethan Darwin for some advice.

Coast & Country: Episode 4

The grandeur and opulence inside Cardiff’s whimsical castle and the group of nordic walkers finding friendship and fitness - that’s Coast & Country with Ruth Wignall.

Sharp End March 16th

As the first Coronavirus death in Wales is confirmed and the Prime Minister advises us all, and the most vulnerable in particular, to avoid all but essential travel, social contact and going to work, Adrian Masters speaks to Dr Mair Hopkin from the Royal College of GPs about the impact its having on frontline services. We also hear from Amy Bainton from the Federation of Small Businesses on the support needed for businesses here to weather the Coronavirus storm.

Elsewhere, a month on from Storm Dennis, we hear from the leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council leader and the Welsh Local Government Association, Cllr Andrew Morgan on how the communities are recovering from the floods and the new challenge of handling the Coronavirus outbreak.

And as the Welsh Government published a new bill aimed at improving bus services, we hear from Labour AM Hefin David who is on the Assembly infrastructure committee and David Beer from passenger group Transport Focus on what needs to change when it comes to improving the way we travel.

Wales This Week: Heading For Trouble

Heading the ball has always been an important part of playing football, but concerns are growing about a possible link with dementia.

With every nation in the UK, with the exception of Wales, now banning children from heading, former Welsh international, Iwan Roberts, investigates.