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BBC greenlights pair of Scotland-based titles on cooking and art

British chef and restaurateur Andi Oliver will lead a Christmas special from Outline Productions this year for BBC2 and iPlayer. Andi Oliver’s A Taste of Home (w/t, 1 x 60 minutes) ...
August 19, 2021

British chef and restaurateur Andi Oliver will lead a Christmas special from Outline Productions this year for BBC2 and iPlayer.

Andi Oliver’s A Taste of Home (w/t, 1 x 60 minutes) will see Oliver discovering the culture and history of Glasgow by sharing home-cooked meals with three different households from around the city. She’ll accompany the households to their favorite neighborhood food suppliers for ingredients, before joining them as they cook dishes that reflect Glasgow’s diversity.

“I think the best way to connect with people and places properly is often through their food,” Oliver said in a release.

“Whenever I’m somewhere new, spending time in markets, and visiting traditional shops and provisions suppliers always gets me right to the heart of a place. In this show I’ll also have the joy of being with knowledgeable locals preparing feasts for their friends and families to really give me insight into how a city changes and thrives based on its food culture.”

The special was commissioned by Patrick Holland, director of factual, arts and classical music television at the BBC, and Catherine Catton, head of commissioning for popular factual and factual entertainment. Laura Mansfield and Helen Veale serve as executive producers on the special, with Patrick McMahon acting as commissioning editor.

The BBC also announced another commission based in Scotland, with a documentary about the legacy of the country’s new town art.

Objective Media Group Scotland has been commissioned by BBC Scotland for Meet You at the Hippos (1 x 60 minutes), presented by actor and former Glenrothes and East Kilbride resident Mark Bonnar. The special sees Bonnar on a mission to understand the social history of the new towns in which he grew up, via their public art. Bonnar’s father was one of the country’s pioneering new town artists, and his legacy in the Glenrothes Hippos, which are large concrete sculptures, have over time been adopted as the town’s symbol.

“Thanks to my dad, art – particularly town art – has been in my life since I was a wee boy. Glenrothes residents across the generations know his concrete hippos well, while in East Kilbride, his concrete elephants are also a landmark,” Bonnar said in a release.

“I’ve been on a safari through Scotland’s five new towns to find out how the art came into the world and became an integral part of these post-war towns.”

Bonnar will explore the art and public sculptures that have defined various Scottish towns and artists, speaking with the artists behind these works and those who have been inspired by the art.

Meet You at the Hippos is scheduled to air next year, and was commissioned by David Harron, commissioning executive for BBC Scotland, and directed by Jack Cocker. Toby Stevens will serve as executive producer with Jan Patience assistant producing.

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