BBC Scotland says tours of the set of River City have proved so popular they are fully booked for months in advance.
IT may not carry the cachet of Coronation Street's cobbles, but Scotland's homegrown soap is banking on becoming a major draw for tourists.
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SHE is perhaps best known as Lady Virginia Bellamy in Upstairs Downstairs and for killing Victor Meldrew in the last episode of One Foot In The Grave.
PREDICTABLY, I get lost. The girl from the publicity department said turn right after coming out of the train station, cross the garage forecourt, and I would be greeted by an accurate portrayal of life in modern-day Scotland. But instead of River City I find a Job Centre with a queue outside it: the young and the old, gentlemen of leisure, a lad on crutches and lots of sad, defeated faces.
BOLD and brash - a minx who will do anything to get the man who is also being chased by her old enemy.
RIVER City actress Eileen McCallum's home in Edinburgh has been raided by thieves.
JACKIE Bird could have her wings clipped and River City might slow to a trickle. BBC Scotland is facing deep job cuts which could lead to shorter news programmes, fewer episodes of soaps and comedies, and - worst of all - more repeats.
SCOTLAND’S newest soap opera has had a shaky start, derided by the critics for its wooden scripts and dull characters.
CAROL-Ann Docherty, the television "big hitter" brought in to save River City, has been squeezed out of her £100,000-a-year job, it was claimed last night.
River City kicked off a year ago, with four families living in Shieldinch, a close-knit fictional urban community by the Clyde. Given its birth date, 24 September, 2002, this TV Libran should have been characterised by balance, exuding sweetness, bathed in light. The usual attributes of the sign with perfect poise.
PANNED by the critics since its much-hyped first episode, the BBC’s gritty Scottish soap River City could be facing the fate of all soap operas earlier than expected.
WHEN the landlord of the Tall Ship pub, Tommy Donachie, is bludgeoned to death in tonight’s episode of River City, he will be the first character to be killed off since the launch of BBC Scotland’s £10 million soap opera nine months ago.
JUST when you thought it was safe to go back into the living room, BBC Scotland has decided to double the amount of its struggling soap River City on television.
SOAP opera characters are no strangers to drug abuse - from Zammo in Grange Hill to Nick Cotton in EastEnders to Jimmy Corkhill in Brookside, they’ve chased the dragon, piled on the pills and generally made them-selves a public nuisance.
River City, BBC1
IT IS the ultimate television embarrassment - being hammered in the ratings by River City.
HOW desperate can you get? A whisper went round yesterday that River City, BBC Scotland’s soap-in-distress, was about to revive its fortunes - and its audience figures - by introducing a new actor with a celebrity past. Anxious producers had put their faith in a formula which worked for EastEnders, where Barbara Windsor and Martin Kemp became familiar figures in Albert Square. Wiser heads might have observed that not even Jane Asher could rescue Crossroads from the schedulers’ rubbish bin.
RIVER City has slumped to its lowest-ever ratings figure, with only 157,000 viewers tuning in to Wednesday night’s episode of the BBC Scotland soap.
A HOLIDAY of a lifetime turned into a nightmare for a Scottish soap star when her passport was stolen in Bangkok.
RIVER City, BBC Scotland’s new flagship soap, has suffered its first casualty. Launched in a blaze of publicity last year, River City was meant to reflect modern life in trendy Glasgow - a sort of tartan EastEnders.