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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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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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