Pobol y Cwm is a Welsh-language television soap opera which has been produced by the BBC since October 1974. The longest-running television soap opera produced by the BBC, Pobol y Cwm was originally transmitted on BBC Wales television and later transferred to the Welsh-language station S4C when it opened in November 1982. Apart from Rugby specials, Pobol y Cwm is consistently the most watched programme of the week on S4C, and in 1994 was briefly shown across the whole of the United Kingdom on BBC2 with English subtitles. Five episodes are produced each week, normally broadcast at 20.00 every weeknight, with a weekly omnibus shown early on Sunday evenings. From September 2014, following a budget cut of £1m to the programme, the Sunday omnibus ceased broadcasting, and it was announced that the show would be taking two one-week sabbaticals every year. From January 2015, the Wednesday episode was dropped. However, after receiving additional funding later in the year, the Wednesday episode was restored on 16 December 2015 – seeing Pobol y Cwm once again airing five nights a week. In May 2017, the Sunday omnibus resumed its broadcast on S4C.