Showcasing events and activities in Scotland. Fred joins the cast of Still Game as they prepare to take the show to the stage. And assessing the impact of T in the Park on locals.
Fred MacAulay joins the stars of the much-loved comedy Still Game as they prepare for the challenge of taking their TV series to the big stage. Martel Maxwell find out about the wonderful and sometimes surprising gifts the Queen has been given on her Commonwealth travels. Martel is also going to meet the strong man who's attempting to challenge a 19th-century world record set by Scotland's first ever sporting celebrity. Ally McCrae is off to see how T in the Park impacts on the locals when 85,000 visitors descend on their village and comedienne Susan Calman heads to St Andrews to visit a country cottage that doubles as a nuclear bunker.
Still Game LIVE
In all, over 200,000 people will have the chance to see the stars of Still Game, seven years after the last series ended. Fred investigates why we still love the show enough to be excited about its return. And he learns about the challenges for the cast in recreating their characters on stage at one of Scotland’s biggest live arenas.
The Queen’s Gifts
What do you get the woman who has everything? Martel heads to the Palace of Holyroodhouse to find out.
The Queen has made over 200 visits to Commonwealth countries and is the most travelled monarch in history. In the year that the Commonwealth Games come to Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse hosts a special display of the gifts that have been presented to Her Majesty during her reign.
As the Queen’s Baton continues its 190,000 kilometre journey after travelling through the Commonwealth, we go to the one place where we can get a glimpse of the whole Commonwealth before the games. Martel chooses her top five gifts and asks the people of Edinburgh what they’d give the Queen as a gift — she gets some unusual responses!
T in the Park
DJ Ally McCrae visits the home of T in the Park in this its 21st year and meets the festival organiser, who tells us how the quiet rural Idyll of Balado near Kinross is transformed into Scotland’s biggest music festival.
As T in the Park enters its final year at that site, Ally also meets some of the locals to find out exactly how they have been getting involved in this festival over the years.
Fred MacAulay travels to Montrose to learn about the legend of Bamse, the St Bernard who went from Norwegian ship mascot to World War Two hero.
Bamse is celebrated for saving the lives of two Norwegian sailors stationed in Montrose and Dundee during World War Two. These acts of bravery earned him a PDSA gold medal, the animal equivalent of the George Cross. On his visit to Montrose, Fred discovers more about Bamse from St Bernard lovers, meets a woman who remembers him fondly from her childhood and spends some quality time with the dogs themselves.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of Bamse’s death and the townspeople of Montrose is preparing to pay their respects and celebrate his achievements. The Norwegian Navy will dock in Montrose on 21 July – for what will probably be the final time – to join in the celebrations, when there will be a parade of sea cadets, bagpipers and St Bernards.
The Story of Donald Dinnie and a very unusual Highland Games Challenge
Martel Maxwell visits the site of the Aboyne Highland Games where she learns about one of the more unusual events taking place there this August: an attempt to break a 154-year-old weight lifting record.
In 1860, Scottish sportsman Donald Dinnie completed a feat of weightlifting legend when he carried two stones weighing a total of 351kg over the 17-foot-wide Potarch Bridge in Royal Deeside. At this year’s Aboyne Highland Games, one of Britain’s strongest men will attempt to take on this Herculean challenge. Martel delves into the story of Donald Dinnie and meets Mark Felix, the strongman taking on this feat, as he shows her how he prepares for such an event.
Scotland's Secret Bunker
Comedian Susan Calman investigates one of the safest and strangest places in the country: a former nuclear bunker beneath St Andrews. On its 20th anniversary as a visitor attraction, she discovers why this place is definitely worth getting along to.
During the Cold War, this massive underground bunker was the scene of enemy aircraft tracking and preparations for the worst of all eventualities: nuclear attack. Susan unearths the secret plans for what might have happened and meets one of the people who once worked here. She also finds out from the owner how, with the help of the Ministry of Defence, he was able to recreate exactly what the bunker would have looked like when it was still operational.
|Series Producer||Dani Carlaw|
|Executive Producer||Eileen Herlihy|