A while ago on these pages I made the prediction that the BBC might use the Covid-19 pandemic, and it's effect on production schedules as an excuse to delay the production of Series 13, pushing it further and further back until contractual limitations meant it would be impossible to make, at which point the show would be rested indefinitely.
Last week Rhodri Davies, Director of BBC Wales, made this statement online:
Now, as the BBC have pointed out this is not a statement that production has been delayed. BUT, it's important to keep in mind that no announcement was ever made as to when production of Series 13 would actually begin.
How does this line up with the previous two series?
Series 11 went into pre-production in October 2017, began filming on October 31st, and began airing October 7th 2018.
Series 12 went into pre-production in November 2018, began filming January 23rd 2019, and began airing January 1st 2020.
Series 13... Hadn't even had ANY pre-production work done on it before the lockdown hit.
BBC listings guide and magazine Radio Times recently speculated that filming on Series 13 *may* begin in September 2020, with an air date around October 2021.
But given we're now in late June, and many other already delayed productions are queuing up for studio time and post-production facilities, that may be overly optimistic.
So was Rhodri Davis' statement the start of the process, preparing fans for a proper 'production delayed' statement to come?