Caileagan na h-Oighreachd (Ghillie
Three girls leave the cosy comfort of home to train as ghillies on a Highland Estate. They've swapped mascara and hair-straighteners for tick-removers and guns. These girls have never met a deer, let alone shot one! They will have to pull the trigger on Bambi, gralloch (or gut) a deer and cut off its head and legs, work long hours in all weathers and charm wealthy hunters - while avoiding being shot themselves! There are challenges - physical, mental and social. Have they got what it takes?
In the second series of the popular programme, Mairi MacRitchie travels round the Highlands and Islands, meeting some of the best homebakers in the region and learning some of the precious, traditional recipes that today are known to very few. The heart of each programme will be Scottish baking at its best, focusing on the ingredients - from chocolate to cheese, from fruit to whisky - and bringing local produce to the fore.
Eileanan Fraoich (Heather's
Heather Dewar is passionate about Islay's landscape, wildlife, language and people. But like many Gaels, she really only knows her own island. This series takes Heather out of her comfort zone to explore Tiree, Raasay, Gigha, Rathlin, Lismore, Rum, Scalpay and Eigg. The series reflects Heather's diverse range of interests including art, cookery, gardening, wildlife and social history. An island odyssey in the company of a charismatic presenter.
Following artist Andy Scott over his seven-year struggle to create The Kelpies - two 100ft high horses' heads that dominate the Forth & Clyde canal near Falkirk. Transmission of this one hour Arts & Engineering documentary will coincide with the unveiling of these extraordinary sculptures.
A Century of Scottish
In November 1914 a new Sunday paper was launched to bring Scots the news from the trenches of the Western Front. That paper became The Sunday Post. In the grim days of 'hungry thirties' the Post created two Scottish icons that have had Scots grinning ever since - Oor Wullie and The Broons. This documentary looks at a century of Scottish history through the columns of what has been described as 'the most successful weekly newspaper in the world'
Bliadhna Kerry (Kerry's
Kerry MacPhee is one of Gaeldom's great sporting success stories - the girl from South Uist who in 2012 turned her passion and natural ability for sport into her profession by becoming a professional triathlete. Kerry has experienced the ups and downs of life as an elite athlete but throughout has had one goal in sight - to compete for her country, in front of a home crowd, at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Our film follows Kerry's gruelling last months as she strains every sinew to race for Scotland and win a Commonwealth Games medal.
Air a' Smùid (Steaming)
Restoration of the old Clyde puffer Vic 27 - now renamed Auld Reekie - continues. In March the Islay team were back at work scraping 70 years of rust from the deck of the fo'c'sle. Work is soon to begin on restoring the old coal-fired steam boiler. This three-part series, Air a' Smùid (Steaming) will be transmitted on BBC ALBA.
A one-hour documentary about the remarkable family who tamed the wild Scottish coastline - told 200 years after the building of their first iconic lighthouse, The Bell Rock. The film features spectacular aerial footage of the family's great masterpieces, the Bell, Skerryvore and Dubh Artach. Former keepers - a dying breed - tell what life was like serving in the Stevensons' towers. Narrated by Denis Lawson.
Cathy MacDonald explores four areas of Scotland - but instead of taking a guide book, she travels with a classic novel. How were the authors of 'Kidnapped', 'The Silver Darlings', 'Sunset Song' and 'The Thirty-Nine Steps' influenced by the Scottish landscape, and how successfully did they portray that landscape?
Ford Kiernan romps through 75-years of biffs, bangs and banana skins that make up the madcap history of The Dandy.
Comedian Ford, star of Still Game and Chewin' The Fat, meets fellow Dandy fans including comedian Frank Skinner, actor Brian Cox and four-times Oscar-winning Wallace & Gromit animator Nick Park, and some of the writers and artists who helped produce the world's longest-running weekly comic.
Caledonia's film follows the production of the last ever print issue of the beloved comic, and Ford becomes a comic-book character himself in an attempt to find out more about The Dandy's digital future from Desperate Dan!
Military genius, the Marquis of Montrose, led an outnumbered army to victory in six successive battles in one year during the civil wars that engulfed Scotland, England and Ireland in the 17th century. Some call him the greatest general Scotland has ever produced. Despite his epic achievements, Montrose was eventually defeated, betrayed and publicly hanged, his body decapitated and limbs severed. On the 400th anniversary of Montrose's birth, Professor Ted Cowan reveals the life of this extraordinary Scot.
Bho Aois gu Aois
For Mairi MacRitchie, baking is one of life's great pleasures - both making it and eating it! In this series, Mairi travels the Highlands seeking out talented homebakers who share with her some of their favourite recipes.
Caileagan na h-Oighreachd (Ghillie Girls)
Our new series about three young women training to be ghillies, currently filming on the Ardnamurchan Estate, is attracting a lot of press interest:
Scotland's Greatest Warrior
Kevin McKenna - The Observer: "One of the highlights of last month's entire television output was a delightful and erudite one-off gem that went out on BBC4 and was commissioned, created and delivered in Scotland. It ought to have reminded BBC Scotland chiefs at Pacific Quay just how dramatic, vibrant and vivid is our own nation's historical narrative. Scotland's Greatest Warrior, the inspirational story of Jamie Graham, the 1st Marquis of Montrose, a man whose life and achievements were genuinely noble, heroic and Scottish, was beautifully narrated by Professor Ted Cowan, director of Glasgow University's Dumfries campus."
Caledonia TV Programme Wins Award
The composer of the score for Caledonia's 2011 UK/Australia co-production 'The Father of Australia' has won best music for a documentary in The Australian Guild of Screen Composers Screen Music Awards. Matteo Zingales works with Antony Partos at Sonar Music, who composed the score for drama series 'The Slap'.
Fire in the Head
Les Wilson, Caledonia TV's Creative Director, has had his first novel published. Fire in the Head was released by Vagabond Voices.
A major theme of the work is the conflict between capitalism and the care of the environment. 'This is a very documentary/current affairs issue,' says Les, 'but in a work of fiction I at last have the freedom never to let the facts interfere with a good story!'
Les Wilson talked about the book to playwright and critic Chris Dolan in John Smith's bookshop, Glasgow. Click here to view the video.
To read Chris's Sunday Herald review of Fire in the Head, Click here