Media release: The Times and Sunday Times to publish Scotland’s greatest-ever culture top tens


THE Times and The Sunday Times Scotland are publishing a survey of Scotland’s greatest-ever culture top tens over the weekend of May 30 and 31.

Each category will have a top ten chosen by members of The Times Readers’ Panel, with brief comments about why they reached their decision.

On Saturday 30 May, The Times will feature the results of the following categories:

* Book
* Actor
* Album
* Singer
* TV show
* Venue
* Poet

This will be followed on 31 May by The Sunday Times, which will cover:

* Author
* Crime author
* Band
* Film
* Comedian
* Artist
* Play

Kenny Farquharson – who is available for broadcast interview – writes in Saturday’s edition of The Times Scotland.

He says: “Scottish culture is vibrant and dynamic, and always has been. The Scots who thrive today in film, music, literature, comedy and theatre do so because they stand on the shoulders of generations of Scottish talent that went before.

“But who, exactly, are the greatest Scots in the world of culture? And which of their works is of the highest rank? The Times and The Sunday Times decided to find out with the help of our Scottish readers’ panel.

“Some of their judgements you may agree with. Others may infuriate you. How dare they ignore my favourite book? How could they be so wrong about my favourite album?

“That is the beauty of an exercise like this. We are never going to agree. So let the lockdown arguments begin.”

The survey results which will be covered in Saturday’s Times Scotland are listed below.

Greatest-ever singer

1. Annie Lennox
2. Gerry Rafferty
3. Kenneth McKellar
4. Paolo Nutini
5. Emeli Sande
6. Lulu
7. Amy Macdonald
8. Karine Polwart
9. Harry Lauder
10. KT Tunstall

Greatest-ever album

1. Proclaimers – Sunshine on Leith
2. Waterboys – This is the Sea
3. Travis – The Man Who
4. Texas – White on Blonde
5. The Blue Nile – Hats
6. Primal Scream – Screamadelica
7. Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
8. KT Tunstall – Eye to the Telescope
9. Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas
10. Incredible String Band – 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion

Greatest-ever novel

1. Sunset Song, by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
2. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark
3. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson
4. Trainspotting, by Irvine Welsh
5. The Silver Darlings, by Neil M. Gunn
6. Docherty, by William McIlvanney
7. Lanark, by Alasdair Gray
8. 44 Scotland Street, by Alexander McCall Smith
9. Heart of Midlothian, by Sir Walter Scott
10. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

Greatest-ever actor

1. David Tennant
2. Sean Connery
3. Robert Carlyle
4. Peter Capaldi
5. Ewan McGregor
6. James McAvoy
7. Tilda Swinton
8. Martin Compston
9. Deborah Kerr
10. Shirley Henderson

Greatest-ever TV show

1. Still Game
2. Scotch & Wry
3. Tutti Frutti
4. Shetland
5. Taggart
6. Rebus
7. Rab C Nesbitt
8. Chewin’ the Fat
9. Outlander
10. Scot Squad

Greatest-ever cultural venue

1. Glasgow Apollo
2. Citizens Theatre
3. Barrowland Ballroom
4. Traverse Theatre
5. Usher Hall
6. King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
7. Dundee Contemporary Arts
8. Dundee Rep Theatre
9. Summerhall
10. Tramway

Greatest-ever poet

1. Robert Burns
2. Carol Ann Duffy
3. Norman MacCaig
4. Liz Lochhead
5. Hugh MacDiarmid
6. Edwin Morgan
7. George Mackay Brown
8. Sorley MacLean
9. Nan Shepherd
10. Tom Leonard


About The Times’s and Sunday Times’s readers’ panel

There are almost a thousand Scottish members of the readers’ panel. They form part of an online community called The Voice, which aims to give readers of The Times and The Sunday Times an opportunity to share their views on their favourite newspapers, and help shape their future.

As a thank you for joining the panel, readers are entered into a prize draw with a chance to win one of two £100 vouchers at a selected retailer of their choice. They are then entered into a prize draw for every survey they complete after that and are kept abreast of how their feedback is being used.

More details of The Voice can be found here:

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