[Wild Scotland] celebrates the televisual gift of the Scottish scenery and wildlife for viewers and for the people, behind the camera, that it inspires."Neil McDonald, Executive Producer, Wild Scotland
Date: 31.01.2013 Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.01
Ewan McGregor and Sir David Attenborough, along with some of the world’s top wildlife cameramen, put the focus on Scotland’s stunning scenery and wild animals in a new special season of programming from BBC Scotland.
to transmit over the spring and summer, the season, entitled Wild Scotland,
will provide intimate but also inspiring images of Scottish wildlife and
the season of programmes, are:
Hebrides – Islands On The Edge
landmark series, three years in the making, has been created by some of the key
talent behind award-winning series like Big Cat Diary and Frozen
Planet. It has been made by Glasgow-based Maramedia, in association
with Otter Films, and produced and filmed by acclaimed wildlife filmmakers
Nigel Pope, John Aitchison and Doug Anderson and
is narrated by Ewan McGregor.
a backdrop of dramatic Atlantic weather – the series paints an intimate
portrait of the lives of an unforgettable cast of wild Hebridean animals, from
red deer stags battling to win their mates, to seals struggling to protect
their newborn pups, from mighty basking sharks to charismatic
white-tailed eagles, from the unique flowering meadows of North Uist to the
swallows that have set up home in an Islay whisky distillery.
of the programmes chart the course of a wild year in the Hebrides. High winds,
drought and the most dramatic storm in living memory are all thrown at the
animal cast of the Islands on the Edge. Using the most recent technology
and a unique range of cameras never used in this part of the world before, Hebrides
– Islands on the Edge gives a privileged view into their lives. The fourth
programme introduces some of the people from the Islands on the Edge and finds
out why animals and people in the Hebrides need each other so very much.
Wild Cameramen At Work
four-part series, made by an inhouse BBC Scotland team, reveals how Scotland
and its landscape has inspired a generation of world class cameramen to capture
wildlife in all its glory across the globe and helped shape our understanding
of the natural world. The series focusses on the work of Gordon Buchanan, Doug
Allan, Doug Anderson, John Aitchison and Mark Smith.
the narration is Sir David Attenborough.
week will take a different theme – Ice, Land, Sky and Sea – to illustrate the
challenges and the triumphs of their endeavours.
is a magical moment in Scotland as the country enjoys some of the longest
stretches of daylight in Europe. Presented by Dougie Vipond, this live
programme, over the course of the solstice evening (21 June), from Callanish
standing stones will track the sun going down. It will also include a series of
films highlighting how the long days affect our perspective and the nature
Neil McDonald, Executive producer of the Wild Scotland season, says: “Scottish viewers will just not have seen Scottish scenery and wildlife reflected in such cinematic majesty before as we have in Hebrides – Islands on the Edge.
“It is very much a landmark series for BBC Scotland in conjunction with independent TV company Maramedia, providing unprecedented images of the greatness and minutiae of the islands’ wildlife.
“This is the flagship for a season of programmes , which celebrates the televisual gift of the Scottish scenery and wildlife for viewers and for the people, behind the camera, that it inspires.
“Across the season, we are also delighted to have such star names as Ewan McGregor and Sir David Attenborough involved as well as some of the top names behind the camera alongside the main attraction – the landscape and wildlife.”
As well as the key programming, the season – which will carry on until the autumn – will include links with Landward, Adventure Show specials, and BBC Radio Scotland programming, online and learning support.