BBC Scotland Lead Pack with 2009 Indie Commissions

Last year, BBC Scotland screened work by 24 different Scottish independent television production companies, with Channel 4 pitching in with six and BBC ALBA with 19.

Across both BBC One Scotland and BBC Two Scotland, among the big providers were Tern, The Comedy Unit and Triple Echo. 

By ‘Scottish’, the definition operated by broadcasting regulators, Ofcom, that requires two of the following three conditions to be met:

* The producing company has a ‘substantive’ base in Scotland;

* 70 per cent of the programme’s budge is spent in Scotland; and

* 50 per cent of the programme’s crew are based in Scotland.

At Channel 4, IWC Media was a big provider. At Gaelic-language digital channel, BBC ALBA, the main providers included MNE TV, BeesNees and Sorbier Productions.

In a survey conducted by allmediascotland.com, the figures also for STV, ITV and Five were two, zero, and two, respectively.

Missing from the figures are programmes made by Scottish indies that were broadcast across the UK on the BBC. The compilation of this network programmes information will not begin – says a spokesperson – until next month.

And among the BBC ALBA programmes screened, three were commissioned from STV – Murtairean Gun Ainm, Turas a' Bhradain and Ian Brady – which is not, technically, an independent.

Also, Sunset + Vine – listed below – while not operating an office in Scotland qualify as, technically, a 25th ‘Scottish’ indie by virtue of satisfying the 70 and 50 per cent prerequisites, as above.

Said a BBC Scotland spokesperson: “Getting a wide range of programmes from a wide range of production companies – allied to our in-house productions – is aimed at ensuring that all our audiences in Scotland feel they get something of interest to them. Taken along with our increased output for UK audiences, this shows the strength of our creative industries in Scotland especially at a time of difficult economic circumstances.”

Added a Channel 4 spokesperson: “In addition to these shows, we have two films in development in Scotland and have had a really strong year in terms of our digital commissions – KNTV Sex, by Tern TV, won a Bafta Scotland award, as did Blipfoto.com, who we’re running a global photography competition with.

“We launched arts platform Central Station (www.thisiscentralstation.com), an app that tracks alcohol consumption and its impact on the body (You Booze, You Lose, by Digital Goldfish), and FestBuzz to aggregate festival reviews (by Affect Labs).”

The programmes on BBC One Scotland and BBC Two Scotland were as follows:

Resolutions

Jan 1 BBC One Scotland

Hunter Productions

 

Sportscene, incl Scottish Cup Final

Jan 10 – Sept 9 BBC One Scotland and BBC Two Scotland

Sunset + Vine

 

Limmy's Show

Feb 18 BBC Two Scotland

The Comedy Unit Limited

 

The Adventure Show

Feb 22 – Nov 29 BBC Two Scotland

Triple Echo

 

Curling

Feb 24 and 25, BBC Two Scotland

Sunset + Vine

 

Burnistoun

Feb 25 BBC Two Scotland

The Comedy Unit Limited

 

One Star

Mar 4 BBC Two Scotland

Tern TV

 

Various poltical conferences (SNP, Scottish Labour, etc)

Mar 7 – Oct 18 BBC Two Scotland

Tern TV

 

Zig Zag Love

Mar 16 BBC One Scotland

Machine Productions Limited

 

The Beechgrove Garden

Apr 1 – Sept 28 BBC One Scotland and BBC Two Scotland

Tern TV

 

Rugby: The Melrose Sevens

Apr 11 BBC Two Scotland

Sunset + Vine

 

Here Come the Tattie Howkers

Apr 20 BBC Two Scotland

Lichen Films

 

Teen Detox

Apr 28 – May 12 BBC Two Scotland

Tern TV

 

General Assembly

May 24 and 28 BBC Two Scotland

Tern TV

 

Karen's Ultimate Challenge

May 25 BBC Two Scotland

Triple Echo

 

Raising Kane: Fashion's New Star

May 29 BBC Two Scotland

Angel Eye Media

 

Various Scottish Rallying

June 14, Oct 25 and Dec 6 BBC Two Scotland

Demus Productions

 

Scotland's Brand New Bank

July 7 BBC One Scotland

1A Productions Limited

 

Wild Walks

July 26 – Dec 20 BBC Two Scotland

Triple Echo

 

Dave Kidney: Superstar

July 28 BBC One Scotland

Rolling Pictures

 

Various shinty, incl the Camanachd Cup

Aug 22 – Oct 31 BBC Two Scotland

Sunset + Vine

 

Scottish Seniors Golf

Aug 27 BBC Two Scotland

European Tour Productions

 

Cricket: Scotland v Australia

Aug 28 BBC Two Scotland

Sunset + Vine

 

Falkirk Cup Athletics

Aug 30 BBC Two Scotland

Filmnova Productions

 

Happy Hollidays

Sept 4 – Oct 9 BBC One Scotland

Effingee Productions Ltd

 

Walking Wounded

Sept 6 BBC Two Scotland

Clarity Productions

 

Transatlantic Sessions

Sept 18 and 25, BBC Two Scotland

Pelicula Productions

 

Scotland's Clans

Sept 28 – Nov 2 BBC Two Scotland

Mentorn Scotland

 

Brian Cox's Jute Journey

Oct 5 BBC Two Scotland

Hopscotch Films Limited

 

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Concert

Oct 8 BBC Two Scotland

Tern TV

 

Troubled Young Minds

Oct 19 BBC Two Scotland

Hand Pict

 

The Scots Who Made the Modern World

Oct 20 – Nov 3 BBC Two Scotland

IWC Media

 

Shetland Lone Star

Oct 24 BBC Two Scotland

Hopscotch Films Limited

 

International Bowls

Nov 9 – 14 BBC Two Scotland

Sunset + Vine

 

Gary Tank Commander

Nov 16 – Dec 21 BBC Two Scotland

The Comedy Unit Limited

 

Bridging the Gap

Nov 25 – Dec 16 BBC Two Scotland

SDI Productions

 

Scotland's Conspiracy Files

Dec 2 BBC Two Scotland

Keo North Limited

 

Curling: The European Championship Men's Final

Dec 12 BBC Two Scotland

World Curling TV

 

Eileen's Boys

Dec 22 BBC Two Scotland

Solus Productions Limited

 

Christmas Celebration

Dec 24 BBC One Scotland

Hunter Productions

 

The Skye Trail

Dec 27 BBC Two Scotland

Triple Echo

 

Only an Excuse?

Dec 31 BBC Two Scotland

The Comedy Unit Limited

 

Auld Lang Syne

Dec 31 BBC Two Scotland

Skyline

 

On Channel 4 and More4…..

 

Relocation Relocation (series five)

Jan 7 – Mar 25 Channel 4

IWC Media

 

Shrink Rap

Jan 15, Mar 21, Aug 14 More4

Finestripe

 

The Princess and the Gangster

Feb 9 Channel 4

Matchlight

 

Kirstie’s Homemade Home (series one)

Apr 16 – May 14 Channel 4

IWC Media

 

Faslane – news report

Apr 27 Channel 4

Firecrest Films

 

The Estate (Three Minute Wonders)

July 13 – Aug 6 Channel 4

Clarity Productions

 

The Exhumer

July 19 Channel 4

Matchlight

 

Location Location Location (series 10)

Aug 5 – Oct 8 Channel 4

IWC Media

 

The Genius of Charles Darwin

Sept 27 – Oct 11 Channel 4

IWC Media

 

Lead poisoning – news report

Nov 5 Channel 4

Firecrest Films

 

Relocation Relocation: It’s Never Too Late

Nov 24 Channel 4

IWC Media

 

Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas

Dec 8, 9, 10 Channel 4

IWC Media

 

The First Movie

Dec 19 More4

Mark Cousins

 

On STV…..

 

The Scots Who Fought Franco

Aug 13 and 20

Move On Up

 

Scotland Goes To War

Sept 3

Caledonia TV

 

On Five…..

 

Extreme Fishing 2

Mar 2 – Apr 27

IWC Media

 

Michaela’s Zoo Babies

May 30

IWC Media

 

On BBC ALBA…..

 

Balaich nam Putan Buidhe

Transmission date(s) unavailable

BeesNees

 

Bliadhna Mhath Ur 2009

Transmission date(s) unavailable

BeesNees

 

Ceòl Oidhche Challainn

Transmission date(s) unavailable

BeesNees

 

Cuibhlichean an Fhortain

Transmission date(s) unavailable

BeesNees

 

Cuirm @ Celtic

Transmission date(s) unavailable

BeesNees

 

Grinn

Transmission date(s) unavailable

BeesNees

 

Na Trads

Transmission date(s) unavailable

BeesNees

 

Taghadh bho na Trads

Transmission date(s) unavailable

BeesNees

 

Casa nam Moireasdanach

Transmission date(s) unavailable

Caledonia TV

 

’S ann an Ile

Transmission date(s) unavailable

Caledonia TV

 

Falt, Fasan is Fiogair

Transmission date(s) unavailable

Corcadal Productions

 

Freumhan

Transmission date(s) unavailable

Corran Media

 

Air an Rathad

Transmission date(s) unavailable

Eyeline Media

 

Nollaig Bhon Ghaidhealtachd

Transmission date(s) unavailable

Eyeline Media

 

Siubhlachan

Transmission date(s) unavailable

Lily Island Films Ltd

 

Capercaillie aig a Fruitmarket

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MacTV

 

Ceòl Tacsi

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MacTV

 

Clach Mhìle

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MacTV

 

Coltas an t-Satain

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MacTV

 

Croit

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MacTV

 

Earrannan

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MacTV

 

Horo Gheallaidh

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MacTV

 

Johnny Cash

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MacTV

 

Sgrìob gu Deas

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MacTV

 

Skippinish

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MacTV

 

Soillse

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MacTV

 

Tattoo Innse Gall

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MacTV

 

Tìr nan Òg

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MacTV

 

Trusadh

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MacTV

 

A Rèir na h-Aimsir

Transmission date(s) unavailable

Madmac Productions

 

Dlùth an Dàimh

Transmission date(s) unavailable

Madmac Productions

 

Madamme Ecosse

Transmission date(s) unavailable

Madmac Productions

 

Trump – An Tilleadh

Transmission date(s) unavailable

Midas Multimedia

 

Firinn is Feise

Transmission date(s) unavailable

Midas Multimedia

 

Bainnsean/Camanachd

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MNE TV

 

Ceòl Country

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MNE TV

 

Club TV

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MNE TV

 

Cocaire nan Cocairean

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MNE TV

 

Cuide ri Cathy

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MNE TV

 

Oran na Mnà

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MNE TV

 

Scottish Football Gold

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MNE TV

 

Sinne is Alba

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MNE TV

 

Spòrs

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MNE TV

 

Trom is Tapaidh

Transmission date(s) unavailable

MNE TV

 

Fraochy Bay

Tramission date(s) unavailable

Moja Ltd

 

An Sionnach Sgianach’s Na Seòid

Tramission date(s) unavailable

Obh! Obh! Productions

 

Buntàta Amh

Tramission date(s) unavailable

Obh! Obh! Productions

 

Jibber Jabber

Tramission date(s) unavailable

Obh! Obh! Productions

 

Bothan air a' Phreiridh

Tramission date(s) unavailable

Pelicula Films

 

Tormod

Tramission date(s) unavailable

Pure Magic Films

 

Ann an Còig

Tramission date(s) unavailable

Sealladh Ltd

 

Balaich Eileen

Tramission date(s) unavailable

Solus Productions

 

Ann an Gaol

Tramission date(s) unavailable

Sorbier Productions

 

Cuiseag

Tramission date(s) unavailable

Sorbier Productions

 

Peppa

Tramission date(s) unavailable

Sorbier Productions

 

Tomas is a Threud

Tramission date(s) unavailable

Sorbier Productions

 

Eadar Chluich

Tramission date(s) unavailable

Sorbier Productions

 

Hebridean Celtic Music Festival

Tramission date(s) unavailable

HCF Productions

 

Aifric

Tramission date(s) unavailable

Tele ar-a-mach

 

Anam ’s Inntinn

Tramission date(s) unavailable

Tern TV

 

Anns a Ghàrradh

Tramission date(s) unavailable

Tern TV

 

Fàs Slàn

Tramission date(s) unavailable

Tern TV