Hollywood actor Ewan McGregor is the narrator of a new landmark wildlife series focusing on the Western Isles.
Hebrides - Islands on the Edge has been in the making for three years and has been created by some of the key talent behind award-winning series likes 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.
Against 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.
Three 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.
On Twitter Ewan McGregor said: “Two days narrating BBCHebrides It’s one of the most beautiful films I’ve seen. Should be seen in Scotland in May. What a treat!
The series will be shown on BBC Scotland later this year.