This Is Scotland

In the year that Scotland marks a decade of devolution, BBC Four brings viewers a special Scottish season.

This Is Scotland will celebrate and examine aspects of Scottish culture, art, film-making, heritage, landscape and psyche.

A Portrait Of Scotland, with Peter Capaldi, encounters the artists and paintings that have reflected the changing face of Scotland since the Reformation, while Rory Bremner And The Fighting Scots reviews the history of Scots in the British Army.

Alan Cumming presents Scotland On Screen, which celebrates classic movies and their Scottish locations.

Other programming includes Jonathan Meades touring Scotland, Nick Crane on the cult of Munros, the mountains, and Michael Portillo chairing a discussion on the possibility of Scottish independence.

The season also features documentaries on the legacy of Calvinism in Scotland – Tweed, the fabric and industry, and Balmoral, the Royal Family’s most private residence and its links to Scottish traditions.

BBC Four Controller Richard Klein says: “In the year Scotland marks a decade of devolution, it seems a good time to take a fresh look at perceptions of Scotland both north of the Border and across the UK.”

Andrea Miller, Head of Factual at BBC Scotland, says: “The season as a whole takes a look at some of the perceptions of Scotland in a fresh way.

“It’s great that so many of Scotland’s contemporary stars have taken part, including film stars Alan Cumming and Peter Capaldi and satirist and writer Rory Bremner, because their passion and understanding bring these subjects to life.”

As well as new programming, This Is Scotland will include recent BBC Scotland transmissions.

  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • BBC Three
  • ITV1
  • ITV2
  • 4
  • E4
  • Film4
  • More4
  • Five
  • Fiver
  • Sky1