BBC Scotland Autumn 2007
TV programmes S-W
Samhradh 's na Srathan (A Summer In The Straths)
BBC Two Alba
Part of BBC Scotland's contribution to the Highland 2007 season, Samhradh 's na Srathan (A Summer In The Straths) follows Essie Stewart – one of the last people to have taken part in the traditional summer walking of the travelling families.
Born at Edderton, Essie was adopted and raised by the well known story-teller Ailidh Dall Stewart and his wife on the outskirts of Lairg. Each year, horses were hitched to wagons to carry travellers hundreds of miles through Scotland's northernmost hills and glens and along the spectacular coastlines of Sutherland. Accompanied by fellow walkers from the area, Essie retraces these journeys, reflecting on a forgotten heritage.
The programme also draws on archive recordings collected among the travelling people in the Fifties by the late Hamish Henderson who forged a particular bond with Essie's family, recording numerous tales, songs and anecdotes from her grandfather. Gaelic with English subtitles.
BBC One Scotland
In this authoritative and accessible series, presenter and programme maker Paul Murton is making a personal journey beyond the myths and the tartan to uncover the real story of Scotland's Clans.
After starting with his own MacGregor ancestry in programme one, Paul moves on to explore the defining moments in the histories of the MacDonald, MacLeod, Campbell, Fraser and MacKenzie clans.
Using historical and modern-day locations, the stunning beauty of Scotland's landscape, the testimony of contemporary accounts and present-day descendants as well as a haunting original score, Paul Murton immerses himself in a thousand years of Highland clan history and in doing so uncovers some truly gripping stories.
Scotland's Music (working title)
BBC Two Scotland
In this new series, presenter Phil Cunningham embarks on a journey very close to his heart – to explore what's at the root of Scotland's music and find out what makes it distinctly Scottish.
Over the course of the six-part Scotland's Music series, Phil travels across the whole of Scotland's glorious landscape, always with his own infectious combination of enthusiasm and passion.
Through a mix of music performance, conversation and reflection Phil will tell the story of Scotland's incredible music heritage and showcase the richness and diversity of today's Scottish talent.
BBC One Scotland
BBC Scotland will cover the three key dates in the shinty calendar as part of a considerably-enhanced television commitment to one of Scotland's indigenous sports.
Whereas in the past only highlights of the main shinty events were shown, BBC Scotland will now offer live coverage of each major occasion. The live coverage starts with 100th Camanachd Cup Final from Bught Park in Inverness on 22 September, a key date not just in shinty but also in the Highland 2007 calendar. And, the night before the final, there is Warrior People – A Camanachd Century – a special documentary covering the history of shinty's most prestigious prize.
On 13 October cameras move to Fort William for live coverage of the shinty/hurling international between Scotland and Ireland, where the Scots will be hoping to follow up last year's stunning triumph at Croke Park in Dublin. Then, on 24 November, BBC Scotland returns to Inverness for live coverage of the Marine Harvest Festival of Shinty, including the showcase North vs South match. All in all this represents a strong commitment to a sport which is an important part of Scottish and Highland culture.
Six Nations Rugby
BBC One Scotland and BBC Radio Scotland
BBC Scotland will once again bring all the excitement of the RBS Six Nations Championship to Scottish viewers and listeners in the spring of 2008.
Scotland's home matches at Murrayfield are against France (February 3) and England (March 8) with the away fixtures in Wales (February 9), Ireland (February 23) and Italy (March 15).
There will be full live coverage and expert analysis of every Scotland game plus highlights and comment from all the other international matches.
Sky Medics (working title)
The helicopter doctors and paramedics of the Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA) have just four minutes to scramble and get into the air when the hotline rings. Known locally as the Angels of the North, the team treat some of the worst trauma cases over an 8,000 square mile patch stretching from the Lake District across to Newcastle and up to the Borders.
Responding to 1,500 call-outs every year, the three heli-crews frequently have to battle against severe weather conditions, wild terrain and fading light to reach their patients in time. Cases range from stabbings, car crashes and horse-riding falls to mountain rescues, heart attacks and major industrial and agricultural accidents including the occasional bull goring.
Shot against the stunning backdrop of the Pennines and the Lake District, eight-part documentary series Sky Medics gained unique access to the GNAA. It follows the service's three helicopters over a busy four-month period, giving an insight into a remarkable community of ordinary people with extraordinary stories to tell.
Soitheach Nan Daoine (The Ship Of The People)
BBC Two Alba
One-off documentary, Soitheach Nan Daoine (The Ship Of The People) explores a different angle on the historical stories of human trafficking.
The illegal shipment of human cargo stolen from the Bays of Harris and Skye are stories that have entered Gaelic folklore – stories in which people were spirited away to the American slave trade in the mid-1700s by evil ships that preyed on the remote coastlines of North West Scotland. Soitheach Nan Daoine questions whether it was fact or mere myth.
The documentary explores one documented case into this fascinating history to discover whether there was truth behind the tales. Soitheach Nan Daoine is a Mac TV production for BBC Scotland. Gaelic with English subtitles.
BBC One Scotland
St Andrews is a positive and up-beat film looking behind-the-scenes during a season at the home of golf.
The town and its golfing fraternity are unique in many ways, this programme follows a group of engaging characters whom the public don't normally see – the caddies, ground staff, management and specialists in all areas.
The St Andrews Links Trust not only manage the world-famous Old Course but six – soon to be seven – municipally-owned courses which is a formidable task.
This documentary follows the Trust's day-to-day existence and their contact with all aspects of professional and social activity at this extraordinary sporting centre.
Stephen Fry HIV And Me
Following on from his widely acclaimed series, The Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive, Stephen Fry tackles the world of HIV and Aids.
Stephen Fry HIV And Me takes him on a personal journey, exploring the situation today and finds that, although effective medication is now available, a third of those infected don't know they are positive. He also finds new infection rates are rising.
To illustrate the changing face of the virus, Stephen meets up with an HIV-positive grandmother, a 16-year-old schoolgirl who has had HIV since birth and HIV positive couples who have given birth to HIV-negative children.
Still Game Christmas Special
Christmas carols, lollipop men and puggy machines all add to the festive fun in this year's Still Game Christmas Special starring the two irrepressible pensioners, Jack and Victor, alongside all the Craiglang gang.
Ford Kiernan plays Jack, Greg Hemphill plays Victor, Paul Riley plays Winston, Jane McCarry plays Isa, Sanjeev Kohli plays Navid, Gavin Mitchell plays Boabby and Mark Cox plays Tam. Still Game is produced by Effingee Productions with The Comedy Unit for BBC Scotland.
Storyline: Mark Beaumont
BBC One Scotland
A daring attempt by 24-year-old Scotsman Mark Beaumont to break the record for cycling around the world is being captured from start to finish for BBC Scotland's documentary strand Storyline.
The cameras were there in Paris in early August as his adventure began and will catch up with him intermittently while Mark himself will film his efforts in between times as he cycles through 20 countries.
His punishing schedule is to cover at least 100 miles a day with 14 days on, one day off, to achieve his target of cycling the world in 210 days – almost ten weeks faster than the current record.
Updates on his bid are available through bbc.co.uk/pedallingaround and reports on BBC Scotland news outlets.
Transatlantic Sessions Three
Against a backdrop of the Highlands, Transatlantic Sessions 3 brings together the best of Nashville, Ireland and Scotland to perform what has been called "the greatest back porch shows ever".
The first programme combines Paul Brady remembering Louisiana, Karen Matheson with some beautiful Gaelic singing and American star Joan Osborne making her UK television debut.
Performances later in the series include a piping duet from Scotland's Fred Morrison and Ireland's Michael McGoldrick and Paul Brady performing alongside chanteuses Eddi Reader and Karen Matheson.
Music co-directors on the series, which is produced by Pelicula Films Ltd, are Jerry Douglas, who has worked with Nashville's greatest names, and Scotland and Shetland's own fiddle virtuoso Aly Bain MBE.
True Life Shockers
Was he really dead for two years? Did her boobs nearly kill her? This new show looks at real-life stories
which are recounted first-hand by the victims, the fighters, the instigators and the survivors.
Each week the programme relives the stories of four incredible individuals under the age of 25. These six-minute tales are told first hand and are illustrated by reconstruction and interviews with family, friends and
Vienna – City Of Dreams
Vienna – City of Dreams is a deeply personal journey for Joseph Koerner, whose family were Viennese residents until WW2 and an historical journey back to Vienna's artistic and cultural Golden Age. Throughout the programme, Freud will be an invisible travelling companion for Joseph.
At the turn of the century Vienna was a vibrant cultural melting pot, a city which went on to create both the greatest dreams and nightmares of the 20th century. These echoes of Freud's work and life interweave through Joseph's artistic and architectural discoveries as he circles the city on the Ringstrasse.
Following the death of drama teacher Izzie Redpath, Waterloo Road is under the media spotlight as it opens its doors for a new term. Head teacher Jack Rimmer is on a mission to embrace inclusion at the school. However, some pupils seem to be more included than others, much to the annoyance of new deputy head Eddie Lawson.
As well as a host of new pupils, there are also some fresh faces in the staff room. New drama teacher Matt Wilding plans to grab the headlines with the school's first musical, and work-shy Grantly is delighted to have rookie Jasmine Koreshi to foist his dirty work upon. Meanwhile, Tom has his hands full playing single dad to two teenage girls and when caring but inept Steph Haydock is promoted to head of pastoral care, it can only spell trouble.
Jack Rimmer is played by Jason Merrells, Eddie Lawson by Neil Morrissey, Matt Wilding by Chris Geere, Grantly by Philip Martin Brown, Jasmine Koreshi by Shabana Bakhsh, Tom by Jason Done and Steph Haydock by Denise Welch. Waterloo Road is a Shed Production for BBC Scotland.
Welcome To The Cheap Seats
In this gripping and amusing parallel history of British cinema, author and broadcaster Matthew Sweet argues the British B-movie was actually the primary and vibrant format for British movies – and the films that really reflected British taste and sensibility. It's a story Matthew will tell through archive and interviews with major surviving participants of a world now lost to history.