Scotland 2014: Putting national icons in the frame


Scotland 2014 is BBC Scotland's new current affairs series, which will be breaking stories, taking a fresh look at the big issues and hearing from key figures in politics and culture.

As part of its title sequence, the programme has brought together a number of political and cultural figures, national icons and Scottish landmarks. The politicians and celebrities should be obvious, but how many of the other references do you know?

  1. Hiding in the background are the Kelpies, two 30m-tall horse heads made of steel which form the centrepiece of the 740-acre Helix Park, which has been built on reclaimed scrubland between Falkirk and Grangemouth.
  2. Often described as Scotland's other national drink, Irn Bru is the country's top-selling soft drink.
  3. One of the pandas from Edinburgh Zoo, which is the home to the only giant pandas in the UK.
  4. The "sunset" in the background is a Tunnock's tea cake wrapper, and there is also a Tunnock's caramel wafer hiding behind Andy Murray. The company - headed by Boyd Tunnock CBE, grandson of founder Thomas - is one of the country's oldest family firms.
  5. Glasgow's Red Road flats have been part of Glasgow's skyline for almost 50 years. Plans to demolish five of the six remaining structures as part of the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games were abandoned after sparking opposition.

However, that's not the final story - the people, places and objects we feature in the titles will change as the months go by. If there are any other famous Scottish figures or landmarks you think we should include in the future, you can email with your suggestions.

You can watch Scotland 2014 from Monday to Thursday at 22:30 on BBC Two Scotland. If you miss it, you can catch up on the BBC iPlayer.

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