Mairi MacRitchie loves to bake but by her own admission she still has a lot to learn. In this 10-part series, Mairi sets out to hone her skills by spending time with, and learning from, some of the best traditional bakers in the Highlands.
Bho Aois Gu Aois (From Age
This 6-part observational series follows mums and dads through the key stages in their children's development. From the relentless chaos of 'bringing up baby' to the loneliness of an empty nest, the series explores the challenges and rewards of parenthood.
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.
Comedian Ford, star of Still Game and Chewin' The Fat, meets fellow Dandy fans including comedians Frank Skinner and Sanjeev Kohli, actors Brian Cox and Bill Paterson, writer Alan Bissett, veteran musicians Jimmie Macgregor and Tom Alexander, indie rocker Kyle Falconer from The View, and four-times Oscar-winning Wallace & Gromit animator Nick Park. He also meets 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!
The rise and fall of the 17th century general, the 1st Marquis of Montrose. In a single year, from the autumn of 1644 to '45, Montrose won six successive battles against stronger armies in the civil wars that engulfed Scotland, England and Ireland. 300 years after that extraordinary military achievement, General Montgomery quoted Montrose in his morale raising message to all British soldiers on the eve of the 1944 D-Day landings. Montrose had written of daring to "win or lose it all" - a line Monty thought appropriate to the do-or-die invasion of the Normandy beaches.
The film is presented by Professor Ted Cowan of Glasgow University, a leading expert on Montrose.
Sàr- Sgeòil (Classic
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? Click here for a preview
The Lighthouse Stevensons
BBC 4, 4th June. 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
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."
Congratulations to Sajid Quayum, Caledonia's Head of Production, for winning a place on TRC's Smarter TV Programme 2012. The 6 month long programme is TRC's new initiative for Indies looking to explore ways of exploiting their TV concepts across a range of smart devices.
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