BBC Director-General Mark Thompson yesterday reported a rise in network production from Scotland as it was announced that a Scottish season is to run on BBC Four and that three network comedies, Life Of Riley, The Old Guys and Rab C Nesbitt, have each been commissioned for a new series.
Alan Cumming, Peter Capaldi, Rory Bremner, Andrew Marr, Kirsty Wark, A.L. Kennedy and Charles Kennedy are all set to take part in a special Scottish season on BBC Four.
The month-long season, due to transmit in the autumn, will include a broad sweep of programming celebrating and dissecting aspects of Scottish culture, art, film-making, heritage, landscape and psyche.
Meanwhile it was confirmed that the BBC One sitcoms Life Of Riley, starring Caroline Quentin and Neil Dudgeon, and The Old Guys starring Roger Lloyd Pack, Clive Swift, Jane Asher and Katherine Parkinson, will be returning to BBC Scotland’s studios in Pacific Quay, Glasgow. Rab C Nesbitt, played by Gregor Fisher, has also been commissioned for another run on BBC Two and all three series go into production in Glasgow later this year.
The Director-General reported network production growth in Scotland from 3.3% in 2007 to 3.7% in 2008 and forecast a further rise to between 5% and 6% by the end of this calendar year. The projected increase indicates the target, of delivering network production equivalent to Scotland’s proportion of the UK population by 2016, is on track.