Explore the world of Shinty with exclusive BBC ALBA series

Eddie Tembo (Glenurquhart) in action during the MacDonald Cup game against Strathglass at Blairbeg Park
Eddie Tembo (Glenurquhart) in action during the MacDonald Cup game against Strathglass at Blairbeg Park

A NEW six part shinty series will grace the screens on BBC ALBA as cameras gain exclusive access behind the scenes of the shinty community to introduce its dedicated characters and engaging personalities that invokes a determination to unite and succeed despite the odds.

The documentary series ‘Caman: Shinty’ – which begins tomorrow (Thursday, December 1, at 8.30pm) is narrated by Calum Macaulay and provides a fascinating insight into the captivating Scottish shinty network reflecting the passion and commitment embodied by those communities who play the sport throughout the country.

The main characters featuring in the series include Niall McPhee, Camanachd Cup winning captain for Fort William and sports co-ordinator, alongside his girlfriend Judy Clark, an award winning fashion designer who trained with the late Alexander McQueen.

And the tale of family sport is told by Fort William captain Duncan Rodger and former player, and Duncan’s uncle, Iain ‘Sunshine’ Rodger, who hail from a long line of family members who played for the club – although his son plays for rivals Kilmallie!

Caman family ties are also told by cousins Thomas and Ryan Borthwick who play for Kingussie – Thomas is in his final year of High School and Ryan is an apprentice in his father Stephen’s business, Stephen himself a former player and current team coach.

Also featuring are David Macpherson, a key player from Inveraray and a fitness instructor at Strathclyde University; Eddie Tembo, originally from Zambia and a key player with Glen Urquhart and the Scottish national side; and Lisa Norman, Scottish Women’s Internationalist and Sports Development Officer for Fife Council who successfully establish a network of shinty teams in Aberdour.