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The soap on the Spanish coast is out, in come the Welsh valleys. From January, the Welsh language soap Pobol y Cwm (People of the Valley) will be broadcast throughout Britain. At present it goes out five nights a week in Wales, where it has an average audience of 200,000, nearly half the Welsh- speaking population. Viewers reading their way through the proposed subtitles will discover that Pobol y Cwm has a healthy diet of staple soap ingredients: recent plotlines have involved cot death, abortion and murder. Pobol y Cym's 19-year run in Wales makes it BBC Television's longest running soap. It is also the BBC's only home-produced, five nights a week drama serial.