Film office for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders

Catch Up: Factual Programming

08/11/16

While Edinburgh was showcased on television this year with two big BBC dramas in The Secret Agent and One of Us, much of Edinburgh on screen is made up through factual programming. We take a look at some recent documentaries filmed in the Edinburgh region you may have missed.

Britain’s Greatest Bridges| Channel 5

Engineer Rob Bell set out to discover how six of Britain's most iconic bridges were designed and constructed. In the series opener Bell presents one of the last great Victorian Engineering triumphs, the Forth Bridge. A great chance to find out about the bridge's history which also featured as a location in the classic Hitchcock film, The 39 Steps.

The River | BBC One

The Scottish Borders are well and truly in the spotlight with this six part series from BBC Scotland. The documentary series spent eight months charting life along the River Tweed, looking at traditions both old and new. Episode one focused on the Floors stud team and their foaling mares. The series continues throughout November and December.

Secrets of Great British Castles | Channel 5

Historian Dan Jones returned with the series two opener looking at Scotland’s most popular paid tourist attraction, Edinburgh Castle. The episode manages to show Edinburgh in all its glory, featuring some breath-taking drone shots of the city, as well as offering some interesting historical castle facts.

Scotland and the Battle for Britain | BBC Two
Andrew Marr looked at the changing political landscape in Scotland and the possibility of independence post Brexit in this two part documentary.

Countryfile | BBC One
Holyrood Park featured in a special episode as part of the Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need having already filmed for their Summer Diaries episode at Arthur's Seat earlier this year. You can catch up on BBC iPlayer now.

Coming soon: Grand Designs House of the Year | Channel 4
Grand Designs: RIBA House of the Year is returning on 24 November 2016. http://www.channel4.com/programmes/grand-designs-house-of-the-year