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The Secret Life of Books

Series 2

Episode 4: Confessions of an English Opium Eater

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

John Cooper Clarke explores Thomas de Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium Eater, and discovers how this addiction memoir avoids the cliches of modern 'misery-lit'. Show more

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Scotland HD

Wildlife cameramen reveal some of their favourite natural history moments. Polar cameraman and diver Doug Allan relives some of his most hair-raising encounters. Show more

A History of Scotland

Series 1

Episode 4: Language is Power

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Documentary series charting Scottish history. Neil Oliver reveals the story of the infamous Highland/Lowland divide, which was the result of a family struggle. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Neil Oliver
Producer:
Bill MacLeod
Executive Producer:
Neil McDonald
Director:
Bill MacLeod
Series Producer:
Richard Downes

The Secret Life of Books

The Secret Life of Children's Books

Episode 2: The Water-Babies

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Rev Richard Coles dives beneath the surface of children's classic The Water-Babies to reveal the revolutionary science behind the story and the influence it had on social reform. Show more

River City

21/04/2009

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Sammi has a tough decision to make, Marianne has to confront the hard truth about her marriage, and Ruth becomes entangled in her web of lies when a face from the past turns up. Show more

Contributors

Ruth Green:
Morag Calder
Gina Hamilton:
Libby McArthur
Lenny Murdoch:
Frank Gallagher
Amber Murdoch:
Lorna Anderson
Ewan Murdoch:
Chris Brazier
Iona McIntyre:
Claire Knight
Shirley Henderson:
Barbara Rafferty
Marianne McKee:
Frances Grey
Hamish Johnston:
Stewart Preston
Eileen Donachie:
Deirdre Davis
Jimmy Mullen:
Billy McElhaney
Malcolm Hamilton:
Johnny Beattie
Daniel McKee:
Ewan Stewart
Producer:
Morag Bain
Director:
Bill MacLeod

River City

28/04/2009

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

Scarlett's desire to provide a better life for herself and her family leads to rifts in her marriage, while Lenny puts everything on the line as he confesses his exploits to Lydia. Show more

Contributors

Scarlett Mullen:
Sally Howitt
Bob Adams:
Stephen Purdon
Jimmy Mullen:
Billy McElhaney
Malcolm Hamilton:
Johnny Beattie
Marianne McKee:
Frances Grey
Amber Murdoch:
Lorna Anderson
Lenny Murdoch:
Frank Gallagher
Ewan Murdoch:
Chris Brazier
Shirley Henderson:
Barbara Rafferty
Gina Hamilton:
Libby McArthur
Producer:
Morag Bain
Director:
Bill MacLeod

River City

07/07/2009

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Alex Judd decides to play dirty and Amber sets about impressing Innes. Meanwhile, it's interview time at Just Gordon.

Contributors

Eileen Donachie:
Deirdre Davis
Scott Wallace:
Tony Kearney
Amber Murdoch:
Lorna Anderson
Lenny Murdoch:
Frank Gallagher
Lydia Murdoch:
Jacqueline Leonard
Gordon Swan:
Sandy Welch
Hayley McCrone:
Pamela Byrne
Scarlett Mullen:
Sally Howitt
Raymond Henderson:
Paul Samson
Alex Judd:
Brian McCardie
Ewan Murdoch:
Chris Brazier
Nicki Cullen:
Jayd Johnson
Innes Campbell:
Samuel Robertson
Charlie Bowie:
Ryan Smith
Gina Hamilton:
Libby McArthur
Bob Adams:
Stephen Purdon
Derek Henderson:
Gordon McCorkell
Liz Buchanan:
Eileen McCallum
Malcolm Hamilton:
Johnny Beattie
Producer:
Jo Johnson
Director:
Bill MacLeod

River City

09/03/2010

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

Lydia discovers the truth about Lee, but what will happen when Lenny finds out he's still alive? Molly shows her true colours as she attempts to regain her control over Big Bob. Show more

Contributors

Amber Murdoch:
Lorna Anderson
Ewan Murdoch:
Chris Brazier
Malcolm Hamilton:
Johnny Beattie
Liz Buchanan:
Eileen McCallum
Iona McIntyre:
Claire Knight
Raymond Henderson:
Paul Samson
Lenny Murdoch:
Frank Gallagher
Scarlett Mullen:
Sally Howitt
Bob O'Hara:
Tom Urie
Jimmy Mullen:
Billy McElhaney
Bob Adams:
Stephen Purdon
Eileen Donachie:
Deirdre Davis
Ruth Green:
Morag Calder
Gina Hamilton:
Libby McArthur
Producer:
Emma Turner
Director:
Bill MacLeod

River City

08/09/2009

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Amber's thirst for revenge takes hold, and she sets about trying to trap her father. The truth about Michael is revealed, and, tired of Bob's lies, Deek issues an ultimatum. Show more

Contributors

Lydia Murdoch:
Jacqueline Leonard
Jimmy Mullen:
Billy McElhaney
Scarlett Mullen:
Sally Howitt
Amber Murdoch:
Lorna Anderson
Bob Adams:
Stephen Purdon
Nicki Cullen:
Jayd Johnson
Lenny Murdoch:
Frank Gallagher
Ewan Murdoch:
Chris Brazier
Daniel McKee:
Ewan Stewart
Derek Henderson:
Gordon McCorkell
Gina Hamilton:
Libby McArthur
Raymond Henderson:
Paul Samson
Liz Buchanan:
Eileen McCallum
Malcolm Hamilton:
Johnny Beattie
Michael Learmonth:
Seamus Gubbins
Producer:
Alan J Wands
Director:
Bill MacLeod

River City

15/09/2009

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Scarlett must pit her wits against an increasingly desperate Michael Learmonth - will she make it out of there alive? Bob and Deek must overcome their differences to help Scarlett. Show more

Contributors

Scarlett Mullen:
Sally Howitt
Michael Learmonth:
Seamus Gubbins
Bob Adams:
Stephen Purdon
Derek Henderson:
Gordon McCorkell
Nicki Cullen:
Jayd Johnson
Hayley McCrone:
Pamela Byrne
Gina Hamilton:
Libby McArthur
Robbie Fraser:
Gary Lamont
Gordon Swan:
Sandy Welch
Jimmy Mullen:
Billy McElhaney
Producer:
Alan J Wands
Director:
Bill MacLeod

River City

30/06/2010

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Jack gets the salon into hot water when he comes face to face with an old nemesis. Charlie goes to work at Just Gordon and gets taken for a ride by a mischievous Molly. Show more

Contributors

Hayley McCrone:
Pamela Byrne
Robbie Fraser:
Gary Lamont
Gordon Swan:
Sandy Welch
Oscar:
John Jack
Bob O'Hara:
Tom Urie
Charlie Bowie:
Ryan Smith
Stella Walker:
Keira Lucchesi
Jimmy Mullen:
Billy McElhaney
Jennifer Bowie:
Lorna Craig
Iona McIntyre:
Claire Knight
Liz Buchanan:
Eileen McCallum
Raymond Henderson:
Paul Samson
Molly O'Hara:
Una McLean
Producer:
Lizzie Gray
Director:
Bill MacLeod

River City

08/07/2010

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Lee's jealousy spirals out of control when he thinks Amber is getting too close to a business acquaintance of Lydia's. Ruth tries to win Andy's mum over with an elegant dinner. Show more

Contributors

Amber Murdoch:
Lorna Anderson
Iona McIntyre:
Claire Knight
Andy Carroll:
Jamie Michie
Ruth Rossi:
Morag Calder
Raymond Henderson:
Paul Samson
Eileen Donachie:
Deirdre Davis
Bob Adams:
Stephen Purdon
Derek Henderson:
Gordon McCorkell
Stella Walker:
Keira Lucchesi
Jennifer Bowie:
Lorna Craig
Mrs Carroll:
Alison Peebles
Charlie Bowie:
Ryan Smith
Producer:
Lizzie Gray
Director:
Bill MacLeod

River City

11/01/2011

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

Stung by Iona's reaction to the news he is a virgin, Big Bob makes a rash decision. Unaware of the trouble she is getting herself into, Hayley goes to help a friend in need. Show more

Contributors

Jimmy Mullen:
Billy McElhaney
Bob O'Hara:
Tom Urie
Hayley McCrone:
Pamela Byrne
Charlie Bowie:
Ryan Smith
Iona McIntyre:
Claire Knight
Annie Sobacz:
Reanne Farley
Robbie Fraser:
Gary Lamont
Jack Paterson:
John Comerford
Conor Brodie:
Rian John Gordon
Nicole Brodie:
Holly Jack
Gabriel Brodie:
Garry Sweeney
Joanne Rossi:
Lisa Gardner
Gina Hamilton:
Libby McArthur
Scarlett Mullen:
Sally Howitt
Leyla Brodie:
Maryam Hamidi
Michael Brodie:
Andy Clark
Amber Murdoch:
Lorna Anderson
Bob Adams:
Stephen Purdon
Derek Henderson:
Gordon McCorkell
Liz Buchanan:
Eileen McCallum
Murray Crozier:
Brian Cowan
Molly O'Hara:
Una McLean
Stella Walker:
Keira Lucchesi
Producer:
Lizzie Gray
Director:
Bill MacLeod

River City

18/01/2011

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

Leo's mental and physical health deteriorates. Big Bob becomes a pariah following his arrest for curb crawling. Andy is offered a job in Dubai - but will he accept it? Show more

Contributors

Michael Brodie:
Andy Clark
Hayley McCrone:
Pamela Byrne
Ruth Carroll:
Morag Calder
Andy Carroll:
Jamie Michie
Scarlett Mullen:
Sally Howitt
Bob O'Hara:
Tom Urie
Jimmy Mullen:
Billy McElhaney
Raymond Henderson:
Paul Samson
Annie Sobacz:
Reanne Farley
Gabriel Brodie:
Garry Sweeney
Iona McIntyre:
Claire Knight
Leyla Brodie:
Maryam Hamidi
Military Policeman:
Craig Smith
Adeeb Brodie:
Taryam Boyd
Conor Brodie:
Rian John Gordon
Scott Wallace:
Tony Kearney
Liz Buchanan:
Eileen McCallum
Malcolm Hamilton:
Johnny Beattie
Bob Adams:
Stephen Purdon
Therese O'Hara:
Maureen Carr
Molly O'Hara:
Una McLean
Producer:
Lizzie Gray
Director:
Bill MacLeod

River City

16/03/2010

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

A gruesome discovery in the boatyard will have lasting repercussions for the residents of Montego Street. Daniel has a chance to meet his estranged family in Ireland. Show more

Contributors

DI Rook:
Julie Hale
Malcolm Hamilton:
Johnny Beattie
Liz Buchanan:
Eileen McCallum
Scarlett Mullen:
Sally Howitt
Eileen Donachie:
Deirdre Davis
Gina Hamilton:
Libby McArthur
Jimmy Mullen:
Billy McElhaney
Lenny Murdoch:
Frank Gallagher
Daniel McKee:
Ewan Stewart
Marianne McKee:
Frances Grey
Amber Murdoch:
Lorna Anderson
Hamish Johnston:
Stewart Preston
Bob O'Hara:
Tom Urie
Bob Adams:
Stephen Purdon
Derek Henderson:
Gordon McCorkell
Producer:
Emma Turner
Director:
Bill MacLeod

River City

20/04/2010

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

After yet another reckless one-night stand, a handsome stranger decides to teach Robbie a lesson, but will he ever learn? A familiar face returns to Shieldinch in the nick of time. Show more

Contributors

Eileen Donachie:
Deirdre Davis
Raymond Henderson:
Paul Samson
Derek Henderson:
Gordon McCorkell
Malcolm Hamilton:
Johnny Beattie
Gina Buchanan:
Libby McArthur
Ruth Rossi:
Morag Calder
Scott Wallace:
Tony Kearney
Bob Adams:
Stephen Purdon
Scarlett Adams:
Sally Howitt
Jimmy Mullen:
Billy McElhaney
Liz Buchanan:
Eileen McCallum
Iona McIntyre:
Claire Knight
Lydia Murdoch:
Jacqueline Leonard
Gordon Swan:
Sandy Welch
Charlie Bowie:
Ryan Smith
Innes Maitland:
Samuel Robertson
Hayley McCrone:
Pamela Byrne
Jennifer Bowie:
Lorna Craig
Robbie Fraser:
Gary Lamont
Big Bob:
Tom Urie
DI Rook:
Julie Hale
Producer:
Emma Turner
Director:
Bill MacLeod

River City

27/04/2010

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

An encounter with a face from the past leaves Ruth questioning her relationship with Gordon. Molly is convinced that Bob's audition will end in tears, but Iona has other ideas. Show more

Contributors

Ruth Rossi:
Morag Calder
Gordon Swan:
Sandy Welch
Liz Buchanan:
Eileen McCallum
Lydia Murdoch:
Jacqueline Leonard
DI Rook:
Julie Hale
Eileen Donachie:
Deirdre Davis
Gina Hamilton:
Libby McArthur
Iona McIntyre:
Claire Knight
Bob O'Hara:
Tom Urie
Scarlett Mullen:
Sally Howitt
Malcolm Hamilton:
Johnny Beattie
Hayley McCrone:
Pamela Byrne
Robbie Fraser:
Gary Lamont
Sheila Carroll:
Alison Peebles
Jimmy Mullen:
Billy McElhaney
Bob Adams:
Stephen Purdon
Raymond Henderson:
Paul Samson
Andy Carroll:
Jamie Michie
Producer:
Emma Turner
Director:
Bill MacLeod

Port Pàipeir

Series 1

Mun Cuairt na h-Aide/Around the Hat

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC ALBALatest broadcast: on BBC ALBA HD

Tha cumhachd Marisa a’ toirt air rudan a dhol a-mach à sealladh gach turas a nì i gàire. Matilda’s power consists of making things disappear every time she laughs. Show more

Contributors

Various:
David Walker
Various:
Tony Kearney
Various:
Mark Smith
Producer:
Linda MacLeod
Executive Producer:
Bill MacLeod
Production Company:
Solus Productions Ltd

The Secret Life of Books

Series 2

Episode 2: Edward Lear's Nonsense Songs

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Nicholas Parsons explores the fine line between joy and melancholy in Edward Lear's writing and discovers how this epileptic, asthmatic depressive pioneered a new kind of poetry. Show more

The Secret Life of Books

Series 2

Episode 3: The Mill on the Floss

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Fiona Shaw explores the genesis of The Mill on the Floss, and discovers how the scandal that caused George Eliot to take a male pen name also plays out in the plot of her novel. Show more