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Two Rivers sets first UK network order with “Frankie Boyle’s Tour of Scotland”

Glasgow-based production outfit Two Rivers Media has picked up its first UK network commission with the comedic travelogue Frankie Boyle’s Tour of Scotland for British pubcaster BBC2. The tentatively titled 4 x ...
July 19, 2019

Glasgow-based production outfit Two Rivers Media has picked up its first UK network commission with the comedic travelogue Frankie Boyle’s Tour of Scotland for British pubcaster BBC2.

The tentatively titled 4 x 30-minute series for BBC2 will trace controversial Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle (pictured) on his mission to get under the skin of his fellow countrymen. Playing stand-up shows at smaller venues across Scotland for the first time in a decade, Boyle will explore and document the landscapes and the people he meets along the way. The series will culminate with a homecoming comedy gig in Glasgow.

Throughout the docuseries, Boyle will reflect the story of Scotland through his own unique eyes, taking a fresh look at the country’s history alongside contemporary ideas of Scottish identity. Each episode will end with Boyle rolling into his destination town and taking his fresh material to the stage.

Frankie Boyle’s Tour of Scotland is produced by Two Rivers Media in partnership with Cheeky Grin, and distributed by TCB Media Rights. Executive producers for Two Rivers are Mick McAvoy and Nicky Waltham.

It was commissioned by BBC2 commissioner Patrick Holland and Clare Sillery, head of commissioning for documentaries. Hamish Fergusson serves as commissioning editor.

“Frankie never fails to bring his own unique and uncompromising analysis to the world and it’s a hugely exciting prospect to see him turn his gaze on home turf,” said Sillery, in a statement. “At a fascinating time for questions about Scotland’s identity and future, this series will explore the nation’s past and present via one of its sharpest minds.”

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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