Film office for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders

Top 5 Factual Programmes of 2015

08/12/15

Filming of factual programming makes up 37% of the total filming in the Edinburgh city-region. We take a look at some of the best documentaries filmed and screened here this year.

The Secret Lives of Books BBC 4
Classic books are considered with a fresh eye. Poet John Cooper Clarke looked at Thomas de Quincey’s addiction memoir ‘Confessions of an English Opium Eater’ which featured Royal Mile, Holyrood Park, Calton Hill, St Cuthbert’s Cemetery and Riddles Court.

Rollermania: Britain’s Biggest Boyband BBC One
Before news of their reunion was announced, the story of 70s
tartan teen sensations, the Bay City Rollers, was shown in September.

Minding Our Language BBC 2
Comedian Tim McGarry presented this two-part documentary which explored the history of the Scots language. Princes Street, the Old Town and the Scottish Parliament were all featured.

Dinosaur Britain ITV 1
The Nelson Monument and Calton Hill were featured in this two-part series which told the story of the dinosaurs that once roamed Great Britain.

A Very British Romance BBC 4
Three-part series which looked at the social history of romance. The story of Ellen Johnston, 19th century poet, mill worker and fan of Sir Walter Scott included Abbotsford House, Scott Monument and Royal Circus.