THREE years on and BBC ALBA continues to provide an excellent range of high quality home produced programmes appealing to audiences across Scotland – and the recent launch of the channel’s Autumn programmes is proof.
Alasdair Morrison, Chairman of MG ALBA said: “Achieving greater viewer access for all in Scotland was a tremendous achievement for the channel this year and we have been delighted at the response from the UK-wide public for our distinct home-grown productions and unique Scottish content.
“We very much look forward to the new autumn season as the channel goes from strength to strength offering a premier package for our loyal viewers as well as those who have embraced the channel since its launch on Freeview.”
With productions from many genres, including observational documentaries, news and current affairs, entertainment and lifestyle, religion, children’s programming, music and sport, there’s always something on offer.
And highlights this Autumn include the moving documentary series ‘Mnathan-gluine’ (Midwives), charting new beginnings and changed lives at the Highland maternity unit in Raigmore Hospital. With special access to staff and the mums-to-be, this series offers insights into the highs and lows of life in a busy maternity unit.
Moving to less-human patients and ‘Gach Creutair Beo’ (Vets), is a new series which takes viewers on a journey from the Western Isles to Aberdeen and from Wick to the safari parks of Blair Drummond and the Highland Wildlife Park.
The shows follow a number of vets at work as then tend to a wide range of animals from cattle during calving season, operating on horses, examining elephants and taking blood samples from chimpanzees.
Entertainment this Autumn on BBC ALBA is provided by actor Tony Kearney, who swaps the comfort of a television studio to try his hand at four varied and challenging professions.
Has Tony got what it takes to be a Hotel Manager in Tiree during the busy Tiree Wave Classic surfing competition, a chef at one of Glasgow’s top restaurants, a Trawlerman in the North Atlantic Sea, or a member of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team?
And for the youngsters our there, Teenage Breab is back in the company of six talented Gaelic speakers from across Scotland as they spend two action packed weeks together; popular children’s favourite De a-nis? Continues, as well as a new bespoke animation series Sgeulaiche, featuring stories written by children, for children.
There’s this and a whole lot more this Autumn on BBC ALBA, as Head of Services Margaret Mary Murray comments: “We are delighted to be launching such a strong and varied new autumn season of programmes ranging from emotional documentaries to light-hearted entertainment and lifestyle strands to professional sport and live musical performances.
“Audiences across Scotland have been drawn to BBC ALBA’s schedule of programmes supplied by some of the finest independent and broadcast production companies in the country.”