THE search is on to find two youngsters to take over the title roles in S4C's hit TV series, Deian a Loli.

The series, about a mischievous pair of twins with secret super powers, is produced by production company Cwmni Da, who are now looking for two child actors to take over the main characters.

This is because the current duo, Gwern Jones, 11, from Llanrug and Lowri Jarman, 12, from Llanuwchllyn, near Bala, are too long in the tooth to play the parts in the Welsh language series.

According to producer Angharad Elen, no previous acting experience is necessary. The candidates will need to send in a video of them talking about themselves and those showing promise will be called for an audition.

The hunt was launched after a new wave of Deian a Loli mania swept across Wales. Over the school holidays, extra screenings had to be put on to accommodate the huge demand for tickets for premieres of the latest series.

As well as being recognised at the BAFTAs, Deian A Loli was also shortlisted as a finalist at the prestigious 2019 New York Festivals TV & Film Awards, along with other finalists from the UK include network favourite Peaky Blinders.

Now, the whole process is starting over again with Cwmni Da looking for new actors for all four main characters.

Producer Angharad said: “Gwern and Lowri have been absolutely brilliant, as were their predecessors, Erin Gwilym and Moi Hallam, but the inevitable march of time means we are having to recast the roles again.

“We tried to tell them not to grow up”, joked Angharad, “but they didn’t listen – and Gwern’s voice will start breaking soon!

“The process is a bit like Dr Who regenerating with a new actor taking over the role every few years.

“We have put out a general call out for budding young actors to send in tapes of themselves telling an interesting story about themselves. We’ll also be visiting a few schools as well.

“Two years ago, we received around 300 tapes so it will all take a bit of time. We’ll be starting to film then in June and we expect the new Deian and Loli to be with us for two years.

“When it comes to Deian and Loli, they don’t need any previous experience of acting or anything like that.

“We’re looking for youngsters who have personality and a bit of mischief about them – probably no older than 12. Because of the rules around filming, they will have to be aged at least nine.

“We are going to be filming 10 new episodes and a special extended episode and we’ll be doing the same next year.”