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?
'S ann an Ìle (Islay)
A' Dol Dhachaigh (Going
A beautiful and evocative film about a lost way of life. Kitty Ann is the last surviving person to have lived as an adult on a tiny island off Tongue on the very northern coast of mainland Scotland. Her memories of island life are clear, and her description of her life, and that of her parents, are vivid. A remarkable woman recalls a remarkable community with its own history, identity and Gaelic dialect.
Caileagan an Iasgaich (Trawler
Fishing - Scotland's most dangerous occupation - is traditionally a job for the boys. But in Caileagan an Iasgaich, three women don oilskins, grab the gutting knife and take to the seas in a four-week challenge that will transform them from girly girls to able sea-women.
Caileagan na h-Oighreachd (Ghillie
Three girls leave the cosy comfort of home to train as ghillies on a Highland Estate. They'll swap their 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, charm wealthy hunters and beat to raise game birds - while avoiding being shot themselves! There are challenges - physical, mental and social. Have they got what it takes?
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.
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 Islay comfort zone to explore eight other islands - Tiree, Raasay, Gigha, Rathlin, Lismore, Rum, Scalpay and Eigg. The stories featured will reflect Heather's own diverse range of interests including art, cookery, gardening, wildlife and social history, and this charismatic, intelligent presenter will both charm, and learn from, the locals she encounters throughout her island odyssey.
A Fuine Le... (Baking
Mairi MacRitchie loves to bake - but by her own admission she's an amateur. In the second series of the popular programme, Mairi 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.
We are currently filming an observational documentary about artist Andy Scott's giant sculptures, The Kelpies. The fabrication contract for turning Andy's detailed plans into two 100ft high horses' heads has been awarded to SH Structures and fabrication is well underway. The documentary is for BBC Scotland's Artworks.
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.
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.
Caledonia TV Nominated for Award
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