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National Library of Wales
Teliesyn Archive

Reference code(s): GB 0210 TELSYN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Teliesyn Archive

Short Title: Teliesyn Archive

Creation date(s): 1981-2003

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.4 cubic metres (14 large boxes)

Name of creator(s): Teliesyn Ltd


Administrative/Biographical history: Teliesyn was an independent, co-operative film and television company based in Cardiff. Founded and established by former BBC employees Colin Thomas and Paul Turner in 1981, it began producing programmes in 1982 and produced many programmes for the BBC, S4C, Channel 4, ITV and Thames Television between 1982 and 2002. The company was a pioneer in bilingual productions, often producing the same programme in both Welsh and English, with the aim at the beginning to get more Welsh programmes on screen. It made both dramas and documentaries and employed a number of well-known producers, directors, actors and presenters, including Colin Thomas, Michael Winterbottom, Professor Gwyn Alf Williams, Tim Roth and Miranda Richardson. The company was very successful and at one point was in the top 12% of companies in the independent sector in the UK. It also won a number of prestigious Sony, BFI and BAFTA Cymru awards. The company closed in 2002.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Teliesyn film and television production company, comprising administration and production files.


Language/scripts of material: English and Welsh with some other languages

System of arrangement: Arranged at NLW into two groups: Teliesyn administration files and Teliesyn production files.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: The catalogue can be accessed on-line.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: Duplicates have been removed. All other records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are possible.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Dr Dafydd Sills-Jones and Michele Ryan, February and May 2010.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Paul James, Michael J. Pearson and Emma Towner. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Teliesyn Archive and the Prosiect Teliesyn website (, viewed 12 March 2013.

Rules or conventions: Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2013.

Motion pictures and television | Wales
Motion pictures | Production and direction | Wales
Television | Production and direction | Wales

Personal names
Ryan , Michele
Thomas , Colin
Turner , Paul , 1945-

Corporate names
Teliesyn Ltd


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