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TV & Radio

Sinister BBC drama shines light on Edinburgh ‘alpha girls’

Move over Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud – it’s time for Holly, Georgia, Rachel and Phoebe to grab the limelight.

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Still Game has been one of Scottish television's great successes of recent years. Picture: PA

Brian Ferguson: BBC investment spells exciting times for arts

This time last week the hatchets were well and truly being sharpened in Scotland for the director-general of the BBC. SNP politicians and the National Union of Journalists were delivering a scathing verdict on Lord Hall’s proposals for the BBC north of the border.

Lifestyle
The BBC Scotland HQ at Pacific Quay. Picture: John Devlin

Kirsty Gunn: Screen-based activity is not the only cultural expression that matters

I don’t watch a lot of television. I haven’t for a long time. We keep getting sent TV licence bills up in Sutherland with dreadful threats attached for non-payment and every time I get on the phone to tell them why they should stop, an incredulous voice on the end of the line goes: What? Really? You mean you don’t have a television…at all?

Opinion
Well-known faces like Sally Magnusson are likely targets for the new BBC Scottish channel

Lesley Riddoch: is new Scottish BBC channel destined to fail?

Can the arrival of 
£31 million and 80 new journalist jobs for a new, dedicated Scottish BBC TV 
channel be anything other than very good news? Yes, it can, if the flagship news programme is already destined to fail.

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Richard Gadd in a scene from Amazonia

Comedian sees the funny side of Amazon reviews

He has already picked up the most prestigious prize at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

TV & Radio 1
Stephanie Martini stars in the hit crime series prequel. Picture: Debra Hurford Brown

Interview: Prime Suspect 1973’s Stefanie Martini

Why the breakout star is hot on the heels of Helen Mirren

Why the breakout star is hot on the heels of Helen Mirren

News
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10 essential ways to enhance your Netflix experience

Netflix is popular for a reason – but despite a well-stocked viewing library it’s far from perfect as an experience. Fortunately there are a range of tools and features that can make Netflix searching and streaming more user-friendly.

TV & Radio
New directors, editors, actors, producers and writers have been trained up to work on the BBC Alba drama Bannan.

New film and TV talent school to be created on Skye

The Skye-based producer of the Inbetweeners is to set up a new foundation to help rear the next generation of film and TV talent in Scotland - inspired by Hollywood legend Robert Redford’s own initiative in the United States.
TV & Radio
BBC director general Tony Hall  has announced a new Scottish TV channel..

BBC announces new ‘Scottish 9’ on dedicated new £30m channel

The BBC is to create a new Scottish channel which will include an hour-long news programme featuring a mix of Scottish, UK and international news.

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BBC director general Tony Hall  has announced a new Scottish TV channel. Picture: John Devlin

What we know about BBC’s new channel for Scotland

In an announcement that shocked many this morning, the BBC has announced sweeping new changes to the services delivered to Scotland.

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Lauren Laverne was in Glasgow today to confirm it is hosting the BBC 6 Music Festival next month.

Stars head to Glasgow for BBC 6 Music Festival

Some of Scotland's biggest musical acts are being lined up to appear at a BBC festival being staged north of the border for the first time.
Glasgow & Strathclyde
Paul Mckenna is waging war on sugar. Picture: Debra Hurford Brown

Interview: Paul McKenna on taking control of sugar now

Paul McKenna confesses to being “very tired”. The launch of the hypnotist and self-help guru’s new book Get Control of Sugar Now! has expanded from a fortnight to a month so far and he’s still at it, motormouthing away. There was a time when McKenna would have reached for a coffee laced with sugar to kick his fatigue into touch but not now because he’s on a mission to tell us that too much sugar is killing us. He’s positively evangelical about it, with his latest book taking on the sugar industry, as well as promising to help us reduce our intake, with techniques and a mind-programming CD.

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BBC Alba presenter Fiona Mackenzie. The channel  has ten times more weekly viewers than there are Gaelic speakers, but needs to increase its original content if it is to grow.

Brian Wilson: Crunch time now for BBC Alba, a Scottish success story

The Gaelic TV channel reaches far beyond those who speak the language, and can get even better if it is given proper support says Brian Wilson

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Fans of Outlander are excited to see a horse of the same name at Cheltenham. Picture: Contributed

Fans back Outlander horse to be a hit at Cheltenham

Fans of the popular TV drama Outlander have begun indulging in a spot of betting after discovering that there is a horse of the same name running at the Cheltenham festival.

TV & Radio 1
Andrew Lincoln, left, and Keira Knightley are expected to appear in the  charity short film. Picture: Contributed

Love Actually ‘set for TV sequel’

Love Actually, the popular Christmas film, is to get a television sequel of sorts, it has announced.

Film

Video: Outlander stars bid farewell to Scotland

Outlander stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe have bid farewell to Scotland as filming for next series moves to South Africa.

News
Peter Capaldi is stepping down as the Doctor

Who will take on the new Dr Who role?

It was the fantasy fan’s TV dream – Outlander star Sam Heughan linked with taking a trip through time and space as the new face of Doctor Who.

News
Mark Bonnar. Picture by Debra Hurford Brown

Interview: Mark Bonnar’s prime time

Apple Tree Yard, Catastrophe, Unforgotten, Porridge, the Edinburgh actor is all over our screens but he isn’t taking anything for granted

News
James Corden backed Nicola Sturgeon in her twitter spat with Jeremty Corbyn Picture: GETTY

James Corden backs Sturgeon’s twitter swipe at Jeremy Corbyn

Nicola Sturgeon got some backing from an unlikely quarter in her latest twitter spat with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn when Hollywood TV star James Corden backed her up.

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Netflix is the most popular streaming service in the world. Picture: Creative Commons

Revealed: The ‘secret’ Netflix codes to unlock new shows and movies

A batch of secret Netflix codes are allowing thousands of users to unlock a range of extra shows and movies.

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