BBC ALBA unveils new autumn package

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Intimate portraits of Scottish football legend Jim Baxter and Scottish artist John Lowrie Morrison, a 30th anniversary celebration of popular children’s presenter Dotaman, and new drama from Bannan are among the autumn highlights unveiled by BBC ALBA today (Wednesday 9 September) at its autumn schedule launch at the BBC, Pacific Quay, Glasgow.

In its seventh year on screen, BBC ALBA is building on existing success by bringing viewers another exceptional season of programmes covering all genres from factual documentaries to drama, comedy, music, sport and children’s favourites.

‘Jim Baxter’, produced by the award winning purpleTV, tells the story of ex-Rangers and Scotland midfielder’s career as it soared and then fell sharply as his lavish lifestyle impacted his performance on the pitch.

It also examines the devastating event that impacted on Baxter for the duration of his life, his adoption as a baby and the lifelong feelings of abandonment.

Norma Morton, partner of the late Jim Baxter, one of Scotland’s greatest footballing legends, offered an insight into an intimate film which examines his personal and professional life as never told before.

Scots painter John Lowrie Morrison joined guests at BBC ALBA’s autumn programme launch.

His work and life story will be told in a new documentary titled ‘Jolomo’ which explores not only his art but his faith, where his painting and preaching are inextricably combined.

His many versions of the Black House on the Strand are hard to miss and his work appeals to the masses, generating over £2million in sales each year, which he uses to support many Scottish charities.

Celebrating 30 years of the iconic Gaelic children’s programme ‘Dòtaman’, the man himself, Donnie MacLeod, spoke at the event on the success of the brand and the cult status he has gained amongst generations of Scottish audiences as reflected in the new ‘Trusadh: Dotaman’ documentary special.

Chris Young, producer of BBC ALBA’s drama series ‘Bannan’ previewed five new episodes in the series as well as announcing a further 10 episodes for 2016, delivering a total of nine hours of drama to BBC ALBA.

Bannan follows Màiri and Alasdair’s story as they move to the island, but when Alasdair is reluctant to sever his links with the city, a deep, dark secret jeopardises their relationship.

Margaret Mary Murray, Head of Service for BBC ALBA, said: “We are delighted to bring viewers such a rich package of programmes this autumn from powerful documentaries to light-hearted comedy, popular children’s series and live sports coverage, illustrating the breadth of productions we have coming onto BBC ALBA over the coming months.

“Over the past seven years, BBC ALBA has established itself as a favourite with audiences regularly attracting 700,000 viewers each week and over the past year BBC ALBA programmes have had over 7million views via the BBC iPlayer.

“We hope to continue to build on this success by delivering high quality programmes which audiences in Scotland and further afield love.

“Our contribution to the creative economy is also significant with BBC ALBA now producing more than 600 hours of programmes per year for broadcast in Scotland and commissioning content from 22 independent production companies as well as the BBC and STV.”

Pictured are: John Lowrie Morrison, Norma Morton, Chris Young and Donnie ‘Dotaman’ MacLeod.