A brand new documentary series on S4C will explore the history of the Welsh language while four presenters take us on a journey their unique relationship with the language.

Across four different shows Sean Fletcher, Lisa Jên, Alex Jones and Elis James ask where the language has come from, what’s the situation today and what will its future be?

And in the first episode, Sean Fletcher will explore the origins of the Welsh language and how it has developed today.

Sean learned the language after meeting his wife and admits that he didn’t know Welsh existed before meeting her. The Welsh language is a cornerstone in her family, and Sean felt it was important for him to learn the language:

“I learned Welsh out of love and respect for her,” said Sean, “As a father, I can’t imagine not speaking the children’s language…I don’t want to miss out on family conversations.”

In this programme, Sean discovers how the Welsh language developed from Brythonic over a thousand and a half years ago and marvels at some of the earliest examples of the language such as the Cadfan stone in Tywyn, the National Library’s valuable manuscripts and the laws of Hywel Dda.

During his journey, Sean will meet individuals who have showcased the language on the world stage. And someone who has done this on one of the biggest stages is Welsh football hero Ben Davies. Ben was the first ever person to speak Welsh at a press conference in the World Cup competition – another historic moment for us in Wales.

Stori’r Iaith begins February 8 @ 9pm on S4C

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