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Road To The Referendum to air on STV

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STV is producing a unique, three part series, in partnership with The Herald, examining the history and development of the independence question in Scotland.

Road to the Referendum will use anecdotes, insight and humour to ask why Scotland has gone from being at the heart of the union to holding a referendum on independence in one lifetime.

The 3 x 60” programmes are scheduled to air on STV in spring 2013.

Road to the Referendum will incorporate interviews with people who are living through one of the most interesting periods in Scottish history, including current and former politicians as well as civil servants, party activists and a variety of Scottish opinion formers.

STV will utilise its wealth of news archives, along with The Herald archives, from the past seven decades to bring the history of the Scottish independence debate to life and make an engaging, entertaining and debate provoking series.

Programme one will analyse the period 1945 to 1979, examining Scotland's place at the heart of the Union immediately after the war. The second programme will look at the "Thatcher Years", 1979 – 1999, concluding with the election of New Labour in 1997 and the creation of a devolved Scottish parliament. The final programme will examine the recent political landscape in Scotland in the run up to the referendum in 2014.

Alan Clements, director of content for STV, said: "STV is well positioned to provide a platform for the debate on Scottish independence and this series will be a journey through Scotland's historical, social and cultural highlights from the past seven decades. Road to the Referendum will draw on an incredible archive of footage, images and interviews to provide an historical look at the question of independence. We aim to do for politics what The Football Years did for our national sport - explore it in a way that attracts a mass audience as well as the enthusiasts.”

Herald & Times Group managing director Tim Blott said: “Road to the Referendum promises to make a significant contribution to Scotland’s understanding of the background and rationale behind the most significant decision facing the nation for 300 years.
 
“This production partnership between two of Scotland’s leading media companies allows us to harness an unrivalled range of archive resources and journalistic talent for Scotland’s newspaper and online readers and television viewers.”
 
For further information, please contact the STV press office:-
Lauren Ferson
0141 300 3290 / 07921 494 654
lauren.ferson@stv.tv
 
Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143
eleanor.marshall@stv.tv