Dispatches date for Scots-made TV investigation

A SCOTS-made TV investigation into the rise of discount stores on the High Street is being broadcast on Channel 4 this evening.

Secrets of Poundland is directed by Scot, Callum Macrae, who was the director of the award-winning Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, broadcast on Channel 4, made by ITN Productions, and which was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. It examined the final weeks of Sri Lanka’s civil war.

Secrets of Poundland has been made by Glasgow-based Firecrest Films, with Macrae the programme’s producer as well as director.

It is a rare Scots production for the Channel 4 investigations strand, Dispatches. It is being broadcast this evening at 2000. Its reporter is Harry Wallop (pictured), a features writer on the Daily Telegraph.

Says executive producer, Nicole Kleeman: “It has been entirely made in Scotland, including all production and post-production. Callum has lived in England for the last 20 years. He’s just come up here for the last couple of months to make the film – it’s a huge coup for us.”