BBC Alba reveals new Autumn programmes


BBC Alba have unveiled their new package of programmes for Autumn, ranging from factual documentaries to drama and sport.

Intimate portraits of Scottish football legend Jim Baxter and Scottish artist John Lowrie Morrison, a 30th anniversary celebration of popular children’s presenter Dotaman, and new drama from Bannan are among the highlights.

In its seventh year on screen, BBC ALBA is building on existing success by bringing viewers another exceptional season of programmes covering all genres.

Norma Morton, partner of the late Jim Baxter, offers an insight into his life
Norma Morton, partner of the late Jim Baxter, offers an insight into his life


‘Jim Baxter’, produced by the award winning purpleTV, tells the story of ex-Rangers and Scotland midfielder’s career as it soared and then fell sharply as his lavish lifestyle impacted his performance on the pitch.

It also examines the devastating event that impacted on Baxter for the duration of his life, his adoption as a baby and the lifelong feelings of abandonment.

Norma Morton, partner of the late Jim Baxter, one of Scotland’s greatest footballing legends, offers an insight into an intimate film which examines his personal and professional life as never told before.

Scots painter John Lowrie Morrison joins guests at BBC ALBA’s autumn programme launch. His work and life story will be told in a new documentary titled ‘Jolomo’ which explores not only his art but his faith, where his painting and preaching are inextricably combined.

Scots painter John Lowrie Morrison,
Scots painter John Lowrie Morrison,


His many versions of the Black House on the Strand are hard to miss and his work appeals to the masses, generating over £2million in sales each year, which he uses to support many Scottish charities.

Chris Young, producer of BBC ALBA’s drama series ‘Bannan’ previewed five new episodes in the series as well as announcing a further 10 episodes for 2016, delivering a total of nine hours of drama to BBC ALBA.

Bannan follows Màiri and Alasdair’s story as they move to the island, but when Alasdair is reluctant to sever his links with the city, a deep, dark secret jeopardises their relationship.

Margaret Mary Murray, Head of Service for BBC ALBA, said: “We are delighted to bring viewers such a rich package of programmes this autumn from powerful documentaries to light-hearted comedy, popular children’s series and live sports coverage, illustrating the breadth of productions we have coming onto BBC ALBA over the coming months.”