Strong viewing figures for Scottish history programme debut

A MAJOR BBC TV series, looking at Scotland’s history, got off to a strong start with audiences, with almost 30 per cent of all those watching television in Scotland tuning in to its debut episode.

A History of Scotland, produced by BBC Scotland, is also being ‘told’ on radio, online and via accompanying events.

Presented by Neil Oliver, it attracted more than 600,000 viewers – some 170,000 more than is average for BBC One at 9pm on a Sunday.

At the time of transmission, it was the most watched TV programme in Scotland, with a share of 28 per cent.

Says Maggie Cunningham, joint head of programmes at BBC Scotland: “We are delighted that A History of Scotland has pulled in such an impressive audience for its first episode.

“The production team has delivered a terrific series and we hope the audiences will enjoy the rest of the journey through Scotland’s history.”