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Season 9 / Episode 14 and airs on 29 May 2017 20:00
Compelling stories in the documentary series.
Documentary following the cycling adventure of two friends in Asia. The Tibetan region of China is an area few are able to experience - a remote place of extraordinary beauty but challenging to travel to and through. Yet after a lot of careful planning that's exactly what Scottish cyclist Magnus Graham did. From the contrast of the busy urban China life to the remote rural mountain life so rarely seen, to the challenges of cycling a laden bike on snowbound and icy mountain roads at almost 5000m, it proved to be Magnus's most challenging cycle to date. Meanwhile, further south, his friend Daibhidh Martin cycled from near the Vietnam border and came up through Laos to eventually meet Magnus in the north of the country, where they planned to travel together through remote jungle areas. With temperatures up to 40 degrees, Daibhidh had his own challenges to overcome before the two of them met up.
Documentary exploring the art of whistling and its origins. Whistling has been part of people's lives the world over, and is in fact the most international of all languages. For some it's a hobby, while for others it's a means to making a living. The ancient whistling language Silbo Gomera can be found in La Gomera in the Canary Islands. It was originally used by farmers to communicate from village to village in the island's valleys in the days before telephones. Although once thought to be dying out, the language is now enjoying a revival and is now taught in school.
Documentary in which Jon Hearach MacDonald journeys through Scotland discovering the secrets of its carved stones, monuments that hold the key to the country's history. These stones are accessible to the public and although in plain sight, the information some of them represent has been all but forgotten. From the Pictish stones of the north east of Scotland, to the carved footprint on the inauguration stone at Dalriada, the site where the ancient kings of Scotland were crowned. There are the forgotten stones that reportedly mark the grave of a mermaid, and the cairn built to the exact height of the Bernera Giant. Jon also explores the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie - an event in Scottish history which has merited a number of memorials peppered throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
Documentary examining the importance of peat and how it has been intrinsically linked to life for many in rural Scottish communities. Artist, broadcaster and crofter Calum Angus MacKay was born and brought up in Lewis, where he still lives today, and sets out to find out more about peat's unique relationship with people, as well as to create a new piece of work that truly reflects what it means to him. In the past, cutting peat was something that was done out of necessity and was a crucial part of family and community life. Nowadays the need for it has lessened, but it is still very much part of the social fabric of rural life, and has a special place for many. The programme explores that relationship through the experience of those who have been involved with peat over the years, and find out about how it differs from island to island, and indeed from community to community.
Documentary telling the story of Aviemore, a unique mountain town located in the Scottish Highlands. Its story is told through anecdotes and the tales of those who live and work there, as well as nostalgia-tinged archive.
Documentary examining the organisation and planning behind the Royal National Mod. After three and a half years in the planning, endless meetings and no fewer than 25 fundraisers, the Royal National Mod took place in Stornoway in October 2016. But with an estimated 8000 attending, how does an event of this scale all come together? This programme takes a look behind the scenes and meets some of those who help organise the event, as well as following the journeys of some of those competing.
Documentary in which Shona Masson takes a journey of discovery across Scotland exploring Celtic jewellery. It is a unique and intricate style with roots inherently linked with Scotland's past. Shona finds out about its origins and those who began the movement, as well as those who revived it as an art form and as a craft. She also meets the silversmiths who work in this style today, and explores what the future holds for this beautiful art form. Shona visits the auction rooms of Glasgow, and heads to Iona, Orkney and Uist on her trip to get to the heart of its appeal.
Documentary examining how the older generation are cared for within the community. The programme meets some of the people and organisations who attend to the older generation and offer them various services, and also learns how musical events, hobbies, time spent with younger people, and new virtual reality technology all play an important role in making a difference to their lives.
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