Andy and I had the privilege of attending a preview of episode three of Hebrides ‘Islands on the Edge’. We didn’t have to travel very far, just down to Kyleakin where the ‘Screen Machine‘ mobile cinema was in residence.
Ewan McGregor and Sir David Attenborough along with some of the world’s top wildlife cameramen, put the focus on Scotland’s stunning scenery and wild animals in a new special season of programming from BBC Scotland.
This landmark series, three years in the making, has been created by some of the key talent behind award-winning series like Big Cat Diary and Frozen Planet. It has been made by Glasgow-based Maramedia, in association with Otter Films, and produced and filmed by acclaimed wildlife filmmakers Nigel Pope, John Aitchison and Doug Anderson and is narrated by Ewan McGregor.
Against a backdrop of dramatic Atlantic weather – the series paints an intimate portrait of the lives of an unforgettable cast of wild Hebridean animals, from red deer stags battling to win their mates, to seals struggling to protect their newborn pups, from mighty basking sharks to charismatic white-tailed eagles, from the unique flowering meadows of North Uist to the swallows that have set up home in an Islay whisky distillery.
Three of the programmes chart the course of a wild year in the Hebrides. High winds, drought and the most dramatic storm in living memory are all thrown at the animal cast of the Islands on the Edge. Using the most recent technology and a unique range of cameras never used in this part of the world before, Hebrides, Islands on the Edge gives a privileged view into their lives. The fourth programme introduces some of the people from the Islands on the Edge and finds out why animals and people in the Hebrides need each other so very much.
The first episode can be seen on 6th May BBC 1, don’t miss it, you will be amazed by the diversity of the Hebrides. BBC have excelled on this one, definitely worth the licence fee!
We are proud and humbled to live in such an inspiring, magical part of the world.