BBC Scotland to launch with A Night at the Theatre

Scottish comedian Iain Stirling to headline BBC Scotland channel launch.

Iain Stirling.

“I can’t wait to be part of the launch of the new BBC Scotland channel with a big night out at the prestigious Theatre Royal in Glasgow. I spend too much time in London so it’ll just be nice to film a TV show where I can speak at a normal pace.” – Iain Stirling

BBC Scotland will launch in the Theatre Royal Glasgow, the building ITV’s Scottish Television began their transmissions from back in 1957.

Scottish comedian Iain Stirling will kick off the new BBC Scotland channel on 24th February with A Night at the Theatre, a one-off show to feature Scottish performing talent with comedy, music and plenty of audience surprises. The show will be recorded as live at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow and will feature guests including singers Lewis Capaldi and Nina Nesbitt. The show will broadcast in two parts over the course of the first night’s schedule, and promises lots of audience surprises.

The core hours of BBC Scotland will be 7.00pm-midnight. Newly-commissioned programmes span the genres from factual, entertainment and arts to comedy, drama, news and sport, meaning hundreds more hours of additional content for audiences in Scotland. The channel will be available in both HD and SD via television sets and services while the channel will also be available in HD via BBC iPlayer.

The Theatre Royal, Glasgow, was the first base for Scottish Television, also known as STV.

STV began transmissions from the Theatre Royal Glasgow on August 31st 1957. It was, and still is, the independent commercial television service for Central Scotland. The ITV northern service, Grampian Television (now STV North), began in 1961.

The first show from Scottish Television was This Is Scotland which saw a variety special transmit from the stage of the Theatre Royal. STV will also be providing programming for the BBC Scotland channel with observational documentary Inside Central Station taking viewers inside the transport hub and meet the people at the heart of Glasgow’s Central Station – the commuters’ transport terminus that’s been part of the city’s lifeblood for 140 years.

The second documentary series is a three-part production entitled Yes/No – Inside The Indyref. This STV programme for BBC Scotland offers a remarkable insight into the opposing campaigns of 2014’s Scottish independence referendum, a monumental event which has continued to influence political discussion across the country.

“We’re thrilled that Iain will be hosting this entertainment extravaganza to kick off our new channel. We want it to bring the fun, warmth and feel-good factor of a big comedy night out at the theatre to living rooms across Scotland.” – Gavin Smith, BBC Scotland Commissioning Executive for Scripted and Entertainment

A Night at the Theatre is produced by the Scottish production arm of Hungry Bear Media, the company behind All Round to Mrs Brown’s and Michael McIntyre’s Big Show

The BBC Scotland channel goes live at 7.00pm on Sunday 24th February; Freeview HD 105 Freeview SD 9, Sky 115, Freesat 106 and Virgin 108 across Scotland.

BBC Scotland’s HQ in Glasgow.
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