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S4C | 4 x 30minutes | Cwmni Da / Western Front

Ifor ap Glyn travels the world in search of the history of the toilet.

A co-production by Cwmni Da and Western Front Films, looking at toilets from all angles. The four part series was broadcast on S4C, with an hour length documentary shown on BBC4 presented by Welsh poet and broadcaster Ifor ap Glyn, the series explores the history, development and design of toilets around the world. From the Roman era to the toilets of the future, the viewers will be taken on an extensive sanitary tour, visiting several countries and meeting all manner of people who work with toilets.

People live longer in societies with toilets – but a third of the world’s population have to do without. The series visits China, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain and Bangladesh; viewers will experience the Golden Poo Awards night in London and also learn more about the work being undertaken by the Gates Foundation to provide toilets in the Third World. Amongst those featured are Japanese toilet architect, Junko Kobayashi, and the organiser of the annual World Toilet Conference, Jack Sim.

The programmes have been produced with assistance from S4C’s co-production fund, and from the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association’s World View scheme.