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The Fittie Squares, Aberdeen

The series about archetypal streets in three of Scotland's great cities focuses on the Fittie Squares, a housing scheme built for fishermen in 1809.

BBC Two's multi-award-winning Secret History of Our Streets told the story of six London streets, from Victorian times to the present day.

Now, as its people stand at a crossroads in their history, the series travels to Scotland to tell the stories of three archetypal streets in Scotland's three great cities: Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

Endlessly surprising and not at all what you would expect, the stories of these streets are the story of a nation.

At the mouth of Aberdeen Harbour lie the Fittie Squares, a model housing scheme built for fishermen and their families in 1809.

Tethered to the sea and cut off from the city, the squares developed their own culture. They were a traditional fishing community, untroubled for 150 years, until the day that oil was discovered just a few miles out to sea.

59 minutes

Last on

Tue 7 May 2019 22:00


Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:24

    Pink Floyd

    Breathe (In The Air)


Role Contributor
Narrator Steven Mackintosh
Director Mary Crisp
Producer Mary Crisp
Writer Mary Crisp
Executive Producer Katie Bailiff
Executive Producer Simon Ford


Go to the OU website for more about the Secret History of Our Streets: Scotland

Go to the OU website for more about the Secret History of Our Streets: Scotland

Extra! Extra! What secrets lie beneath the streets of Scotland?