BBC Comfortably Leads its Rivals in the Making of 'Scottish' Programmes

The BBC comfortably leads its main rivals when it comes to having last year commissioned – in-house or from independent TV production companies – network programmes that can be described as having been 'made in Scotland'.

With several dozen 'Scottish programmes' to its name, the BBC's listing – as compiled by broadcasting regulators, Ofcom – does not include commissions for Gaelic-language digital station, BBC ALBA, or programmes for Scotland only.

In second place come Channel 4, with 17 programmes last year. Meanwhile, Channel 5 registers two and ITV three.

To qualify for having been Made out of London, a programme must satisfy at least two of the following three Ofcom criteria: 

1. The production company must have a substantive business and production based in the UK outside the M25. A base will be taken to be substantive if it is the usual place of employment of executives managing the regional business, of senior personnel involved in the production in question, and of senior personnel involved in seeking programme commissions;

2. At least 70 per cent of the production budget (excluding the cost of on-screen talent, archive material, sports rights, competition prize-money and copyright costs) must be spent in the UK outside the M25;  and

3. At least 50 per cent of the production talent (ie not on-screen talent) by cost must have their usual place of employment in the UK outside the M25. Freelancers without a usual place of employment outside the M25 will nonetheless count for this purpose if they live outside the M25.

The following 'Scottish' programmes were commissioned by the BBC:

A History of the World: A Culture Show Special

A Question of Genius

A Time to Remember

Al Murray's German Adventure

Antiques Road Trip

Art of the Sea

At Home with the Georgians

Battle of Britain

BBC Four World Cinema Awards

BBC Proms: Last Night Celebrations in Scotland

BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction

Beautiful Equations

Big City Park

Britain by Bike

Celebrity Eggheads



Cowboy Trap

Culture Show

Culture Show Special: The Art of WWII

Dani's House

Dani's House: Sport Relief Special

Dear Diary – Mariella Frostrup

Delphi: The Bellybutton of the Ancient World

Dive, Dive, Dive!

Ed & Oucho's Excellent Inventions

Edgar Allan Poe – Love, Death And Women

Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2010


Frank Skinner's Opinionated

Garrow's Law

Homes Under the Hammer

How Not to Live Your Life


JFK: The Making of Modern Politics

Jimmy's Food Factory

Jimmy's Global Harvest

Jimmy's Supermarket Secrets: Crop to Shop

Life of Riley

Lip Service

Lost Kingdoms of Africa

Madness – T in the Park

Maid in Britain

Mission: 2110

Motorway Cops

My Boyfriend The War Hero

Newsnight Review

Nina and The Neurons: In the Lab


People's Palaces: The Golden Age of Civic Architecture

Rab C Nesbitt


Same Smile

Sidekick Stories

Simon King's Shetland Adventure

Songs of Praise

South Africa in Pictures

T in the Park 2010 Highlights

T: Dizzee Rascal

T: Editors & La Roux

T: Eminem and Black Eyed Peas

T: Florence and The Machine and Faithless

T: Kasabian

T: Muse and Calvin Harris

T: Prodigy

T: Stereophonics and Paolo Nutini

Taking The Keys Away

The Adventures of Daniel

The Big Questions

The Building of the Indian Railway

The Deep

The Legacy of Lawrence of Arabia

The Man Who Cycled the Americas

The Man Who Shot the Sixties

The National Lottery: In it to Win it

The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins

The Old Guys

The One Show Inserts

The Private Life of Chickens

The Private Life of Cows

The Private Life of Pigs

The Review Show

The Review Show at the Edinburgh Festival

The Weakest Link

The Weakest Link Peak Time 2010/11

Three Men go to Scotland

Time to Remember

Tonight's the Night

Traffic Cops

Unequal Opportunities With John Humphrys

Victorian Pharmacy

Wait for It


Weakest Link

Weakest Link: 10th Anniversary

Welcome to Lagos

The following were commissioned by Channel 4:

3 Hungry Boys

Air Hospital


Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights

Genius of Britain

Iron Chef-Daytime

Kirstie and Phil's Embarrassing Bits

Kirstie and Phil's Perfect Christmas

Kirstie's Homemade Home

Location Location Location

Location Location Location: A Decade in Property

Relocation Relocation Relocation: Phil Down Under

River Cottage Bites

River Cottage Everyday

River Cottage Spring and Autumn

The Untold Invasion of Britain

The following were commissioned by Channel 5:

Extreme Fishing with Robson Green

Rory & Paddy's Even Greater

The following were commissioned by ITV:

Real Crime with Mark Austin Scot


The Santa Files with John Sergeant