Andrew Marr’s Great Scots: The Writers Who Shaped A Nation

Confirmed for BBC Two on 30 August at 9.15pm to 10.15pm

Ep 3/3

Saturday 30 August



In the final episode of his new BBC Two series, Andrew Marr looks into the life of Scotland's most bothersome poet, Hugh MacDiarmid.

MacDiarmid reinvented Scots as a language for serious writing, at various times called for a Scottish Fascism, tried to create an independent Scottish Communist utopia, and was for many years under surveillance by MI5. During his life he was involved in plots to capture Edinburgh Castle and steal the Stone of Destiny, but he also found time for a literary life in which he would write the most powerful poetry in Scots since the days of Robert Burns, and to start a Scottish Renaissance that goes on to this day.

The director is Tim Niel, the series producer is Matthew Springford and the executive producer is Jonty Claypole.