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BBC Scotland orders “Becoming Scotland” from Two Rivers Media

BBC Scotland has commissioned Glasgow-headquartered indie Two Rivers Media to produce the four-part history docuseries Becoming Scotland. The series will bring together Scottish politicians, cultural leaders, artists and actors to explore ...
February 12, 2020

BBC Scotland has commissioned Glasgow-headquartered indie Two Rivers Media to produce the four-part history docuseries Becoming Scotland.

The series will bring together Scottish politicians, cultural leaders, artists and actors to explore key events over the past 50 years.

Each 60-minute episode will explore a “clearly-defined” period in the country’s modern history. The four episodes (1970 to 1982; 1983 to 1996; 1997 to 2007; and 2008 to 2020) reveal moments that “changed the nation.”

Becoming Scotland is presented by journalist Kirsty Wark.

“The last 50 years have transformed Scotland. This landmark documentary series will begin in the Seventies and we will hear from Scotland’s best and brightest to reveal how the nation has grown, suffered and changed to become the place it is today. The Two Rivers’ team have an outstanding track record in both landmark documentaries and human interest storytelling, so we are perfectly placed to deliver this ambitious series which we expect to have both UK and global appeal,” Mick McAvoy, head of factual at Two Rivers, said in a statement.

Wark added: “I am so proud to be presenting this new, definitive, series. Scotland has changed immeasurably since 1970 however Becoming Scotland is not just about big history. We will bring you the perspective of the women and men who were eyewitnesses to the key events – famous and far from famous, and whose actions have shaped modern Scotland. That is what will make this series so different.”

Becoming Scotland was commissioned by David Harron at BBC Scotland. McAvoy and Harron serve as executive producers.

About The Author
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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