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TV highlights on BBC Alba
Top quality drama, documentaries, music, sport and more – all on BBC ALBA, a unique channel for Scotland. Murdo Morrison from MG ALBA looks ahead to BBC ALBA schedules in October. Fàilte!
October means Mod Week and BBC ALBA will be providing extensive coverage of the Royal National Mod 2009 on television and Radio nan Gàidheal. Presented by Tony Kearney and Mary Ann Kennedy, television coverage from Oban begins on Monday, 12 October, at 2100 and continues until the Final Concert on Friday, 16 October, at 2100.
Radio coverage includes live broadcasts of the major competitions as well as the very popular Mire ri Mòir show live from Skipinnish Ceilidh House on Friday 16 October. The Children’s Mod will also be well covered through programmes such as Aileag and De a-Nis?
Other music highlights on BBC ALBA this month include performances from the Blas Festival on Saturday, 17 October, which took place in the Highlands and Islands featuring Karen Matheson, James Graham and Michael Marra. An Ceanadach on Friday, 16 October, at 2200 is a tribute to the late Calum Kennedy and reflects on his career which spanned half a century. Rapal on Wednesday, 21 October, at 2200 features the indie guitar sound of Glasgow band Wake the President and video from Zoey van Goey!
Ceòl Country returns on Tuesday, 20 October, at 2100 bringing you the best country music from festivals including the Northern Nashville Country Music Festival in Caithness as well as a look behind the scenes at the event. Acts featured in the first programme include Michelle Wright, Robert Mizzell and Eamonn McCann.
Documentary programmes include Balaich nam Putan Buidhe on Thursday, 8 October at 2100, which details the experiences of Gaels in the City of Glasgow police force and features rare archive footage and short dramatized sequences. Trusadh: The Clans on Monday, 19 October at 2100, looks at the role of the clans today as they gather in Edinburgh while Soillse: Outlaw Diplomats on Wednesday, 22 October at 2100, follows some well-documented cases of the abuse of diplomatic immunity.
BBC ALBA’s coverage of Scottish football continues this month with games including another chance to see the Tommy Burns Tribute match on Saturday, 10 October at 2000, while the as-live coverage continues with Aberdeen v Hearts on Saturday, 17 October at 2000, and Aberdeen v Dundee United on Saturday, 24 October at 2000.
New series on BBC ALBA continue with Cuide ri Cathy meeting a host of celebrities including Allan Stewart, one of Scotland’s best loved entertainers (Sunday, 25 October at 2300). Anns a’ Ghàrradh (Tuesday, 27 October at 2030) sees Calina and Eilidh bringing colourful gifts to the gardeners while Eilidh receives some gardening lessons.
Children’s programming continues to feature prominently on BBC ALBA schedules with a new series of Cobhair bho Anna (Saturday, 10 October at 1705) while Peppa, Padraig Post, Charlie is Lola and Thomas the Tank Engine also entertain our younger viewers.
BBC ALBA continues to provide local, national and international news, sports news and the weather on a daily basis on An Là while Seachd Là every Sunday provides an opportunity to catch up with a summary of the major stories from the week. De Tha Dol? also brings community events and information from throughout Scotland to viewers on a twice-daily basis.
BBC ALBA programmes are subtitled in English or have live captions so that Gaels and non-Gaelic speakers can enjoy the riches that the channel has to offer. The only exception to this are Children's programmes which are transmitted in Gaelic with no subtitles. BBC ALBA is available on Sky channel 168 or Freesat channel 110. A selection of programmes from BBC ALBA is also available on bbc.co.uk/iplayer.
last updated: 07/10/2009 at 12:09