Ewan McGregor and Sir David Attenborough headline new BBC Scotland Wild Scotland series


08 February 2013
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BBC Scotland has announced that Ewan McGregor and Sir David Attenborough, along with some of the world's top wildlife cameramen, will put the focus on Scotland's wildlife and landscape this spring. ...

BBC Scotland has announced that Ewan McGregor and Sir David Attenborough, along with some of the world's top wildlife cameramen, will put the focus on Scotland's wildlife and landscape this spring. The series comprises three programmes which will provide 'intimate but inspiring' images of Scottish wildlife and landscape, with narration by Ewan McGregor (shown here with film makers Nigel Pope and John Aitchison) and Sir David Attenborough.

The shows, which will be screened this spring and summer, are:

Hebrides: Islands on the Edge

This landmark series, three years in the making, 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 and is narrated by Ewan McGregor.

Against a backdrop of dramatic Atlantic weather, the series paints an intimate portrait of the lives of of wild Hebridean animals, from red deer stags battling to win their mates, 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 the show 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.

Wild Cameramen at work

This four-part series, made by an inhouse BBC Scotland team, reveals how Scotland and its landscape has inspired a generation of world class cameramen to capture wildlife in all its glory across the globe and helped shape our understanding of the natural world. The series focuses on the work of Gordon Buchanan, Doug Allan, Doug Anderson, John Aitchison and Mark Smith. Providing the narration is Sir David Attenborough.

Each week will take a different theme – Ice, Land, Sky and Sea – to illustrate the challenges and the triumphs of their endeavours.

Midsummer Live

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Midsummer is a magical moment in Scotland as the country enjoys some of the longest stretches of daylight in Europe. Presented by Dougie Vipond, this live programme, over the course of the solstice evening (21 June), from Callanish standing stones will track the sun going down. It will also include a series of films highlighting how the long days affect our perspective and the nature around us.

Neil McDonald, Executive producer of the Wild Scotland season, said: 'Scottish viewers will just not have seen Scottish scenery and wildlife reflected in such cinematic majesty before as we have in Hebrides – Islands on the Edge.

'It is very much a landmark series for BBC Scotland in conjunction with independent TV company Maramedia, providing unprecedented images of the greatness and minutiae of the islands’ wildlife. This is the flagship for a season of programmes, which celebrates the televisual gift of the Scottish scenery and wildlife for viewers and for the people, behind the camera, that it inspires.

'Across the season,we are also delighted to have such star names as Ewan McGregor and Sir David Attenborough involved as well as some of the top names behind the camera alongside the main attraction – the landscape and wildlife.'

For more on the new season of programmes, visit the BBC Scotland website.

 

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