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BBC Radio Scotland at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival

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Alan Braidwood Alan Braidwood | 14:56 UK time, Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Fred MacAulay will be the first voice from the new BBC@Potterrow venue. MacAulay And Co will start a two week Edinburgh run from Potterrow on Friday August 12 with a special preview programme ahead of the venue being opened to audiences.

Fred MacAulay:

"The atmosphere in Edinburgh in August is unique. There is so much going on - a fantastic blend of the artistic, uplifting, humorous, moving and sometimes bewildering. That's why I love it. "For over ten years we've moved my BBC Radio Scotland show from Glasgow to Edinburgh in August and broadcast live from various venues. Having a live audience means that we can capture that special Fringe feel and give the listeners a taste of what's going on in the biggest arts festival in the world. This year we've got our very own BBC venue in Potterrow which we'll be sharing with other BBC Shows. I can't wait."

From Monday August 15 Janice Forsyth and Clare English will also be at the venue for a two-week run of the Festival Café.

Off the Ball, with Stuart Cosgrove and Tam Cowan, will be the last broadcast of the venue's Fringe run on Saturday August 27.

As part of the BBC-wide collaboration at BBC@Potterrow, BBC Radio Scotland is also recording a number of features and special programmes for Scotland and network radio transmission. A six-part series of comedy monologues, Can You Hear Me at the Back, and a new five-part comedy conversation format Christopher Brookmyre's Comedy Bookcase are being recorded for BBC Radio Scotland broadcast.

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