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New STV series following in the footsteps of Weir’s Way

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A brand new STV series travels the same path as broadcaster Tom Weir, Scotland’s most celebrated walker and broadcaster.
 
On Weir’s Way with David Hayman airs from Monday 27th October for eight episodes and was filmed in locations all over Scotland, including Applecross, Crianlarich to Oban, Torridon and Loch Maree. 
 
The new series brings together original footage from the Tom Weir programmes and new footage with esteemed Scottish actor and broadcaster David Hayman as he discovers some of the most stunning parts of Scotland once highlighted by Tom Weir.  STV made over 50 episodes of Weir’s Way through the 70’s and 80’s and they have remained popular with audiences at home and abroad.  Over the years, audiences as far afield as Australia, the US and Canada have enjoyed Tom’s personal view of his beloved Scotland.
 
Following in Tom’s footsteps, David Hayman explores the communities that contribute to Scotland’s distinctive, stunning and rural setting.  In the year that Tom Weir would have been 100, the series is a fitting tribute to the legendary writer and broadcaster, Tom Weir, who first came to our screens over 30 years ago. 
 
In every episode David travels to one of Tom’s favourite places, where he finds out how much things have changed since the last visit of the legendary explorer.  David’s route is as follows:
 
Glen Affric – When Tom Weir arrived in Glen Affric the landscape was covered in snow.  In this episode it’s a sun-drenched Glen where David meets the people who are trying to restore ancient forests to the landscape. 
 
The North East - David travels to Aberdeenshire.  When Tom was there thirty years ago he discovered how they were coping with the demise of fishing in the area.  David sets sail with a local lobster fisherman.
 
Loch Maree – David visits Loch Maree to follow in the footsteps of Tom.  Along the way he visits a mysterious island steeped in superstition and finds out about the area’s wonderful wildlife. 
 
Anstruther – In the mid-80s Tom Weir explored this beautiful coastal town, now David explores how its tourism industry has expanded over the years. 
 
Applecross - Tom visited this area and saw how a road had changed the fortunes of the community.  David meets the people who work in a number of jobs in order to stay in one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland.
 
Crianlarich to Oban – David Hayman travels by train and visits the iconic Kilchurn Castle.  David also sees up close one of Scotland’s most magnificent industrial wonders situated underneath Ben Cruachan.
 
Berwick-Upon-Tweed – David visits the walled town to discover how it has changed over the last three decades.  He finds out about its connections to one of Britain’s most famous artists.
 
Torridon – When Tom Weir was a soldier during the Second World War he often travelled to Torridon when he was on leave.  David Hayman explores this wild part of Scotland to find out what made it so special to one of Scotland’s most revered mountaineers.
 
David Hayman said: “During the making of this programme I got to visit some of the most beautiful places in Scotland and met some fascinating people along the way.  I said that this would be a very challenging and exciting project it was both, and an honour to travel in the footsteps of the icon that is Tom Weir.”
 
Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said:  “This series is the perfect way to commemorate the exceptional work of Tom Weir.  Tom’s series was an STV favourite during the 70’s and 80’s and we are often asked for it to be repeated.  The programme On Weir’s Way with David Hayman is a fantastic chance to see how the Scottish landscape has transformed and an opportunity to rediscover Tom Weir’s journey.” 
 
On Weir’s Way with David Hayman explores the places Tom travelled to in those first episodes and looks at how the surroundings have changed.  He also meets some of the original contributors that Tom met on his journeys around Scotland and they fondly remember the day they met man with the wee bobble hat.
 
In parallel with the series, STV Glasgow will broadcast the original Tom Weir episodes that are featured in this new series meaning viewers will be able to enjoy David’s modern journey and Tom’s original journey on the same night.STV is supporting the Tom Weir Statue Campaign to create a statue of Tom in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. More information is available online, http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/visiting/tom-weir-statue-campaign/menu-id-957.html
 
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For further information, please contact the STV press office:-
 
Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143
eleanor.marshall@stv.tv
 
Claire Henry
0141 300 3417 / 07850 710 421
claire.henry@stv.tv