This Is Scotland

Peter Capaldi presents A Portrait Of Scotland

This Is Scotland

In the year that Scotland marked a decade of devolution, BBC Four brought viewers a special Scottish season.

This Is Scotland celebrated and examined aspects of Scottish culture, art, film-making, heritage, landscape and the national psyche.

Programmes in the season

A Portrait Of Scotland, presented by actor Peter Capaldi, encountered the artists and paintings that have reflected the changing face of Scotland since the Reformation, while Rory Bremner And The Fighting Scots found the impressionist stepping away from satire as he reviewed the history of Scots in the British Army.

Alan Cumming presented Scotland On Screen, which celebrated classic movies and their Scottish locations.

Alan Cumming meets Gregory's Girl director Bill Forsyth in Scotland on Screen

Other programming included Jonathan Meades touring Scotland in Off Kilter, Michael Portillo chairing a discussion on the possibility of Scottish independence, while in Munro - Mountain Man, the cult of the magnificent Munro mountains was examined by Nick Crane.

The season also featured documentaries on the legacy of Calvinism in Scotland – Tweed, the fabric and industry, and Balmoral, the Royal Family’s most private residence and its links to Scottish traditions.

BBC Four Controller Richard Klein: “In the year Scotland marks a decade of devolution, it seems a good time to take a fresh look at perceptions of Scotland, both north of the Border and across the UK”.

Andrea Miller, Head of Factual at BBC Scotland: “The season as a whole takes a look at some of the perceptions of Scotland in a fresh way. It’s great that so many of Scotland’s contemporary stars have taken part, including film stars Alan Cumming and Peter Capaldi and satirist and writer Rory Bremner, because their passion and understanding bring these subjects to life.”

As well as new programming, This Is Scotland included a number of recent BBC Scotland transmissions.

About the season


A season of programmes on BBC Four, which celebrated and examined aspects of Scottish culture, art, film-making, heritage, landscape and psyche.


Originally broadcast throughout September, 2009.


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