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Brand new STV series travels across Scotland with Elaine C. Smith

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Brand new series, Elaine C. Smith’s Burdz Eye View, travels across Scotland with acclaimed actress and comedian Elaine C. Smith as she takes to the road for her first stand up tour in ten years. 

The six part series on STV, which airs on Monday evenings at 2000 from 23rd March, visits many of Scotland’s once much sought after holiday destinations by the sea. From Stonehaven to St Andrews, and North Berwick to Port Patrick, Elaine travels to places she has never toured before.

Elaine C. Smith’s Burdz Eye View is a funny and nostalgic series, made for STV by RPM Arts and Solus Productions, with Elaine providing a colourful narrative in her unique style as she meets the people of Scotland. 

Elaine C. Smith said: “"Making Burdz Eye View was a great opportunity to perform my one woman show in magical places from my childhood and also in locations I have never had a chance to experience before.

“It was a real privilege to meet so many amazing people, especially the women who work and live in these iconic towns. It offered me a fresh perspective on how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful and diverse country.  I hope the audiences enjoy going on holiday with me."

Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said:  “This new series offers an insight into Elaine’s first stand up tour in ten years and a chance to meet some great local characters, plus some well known faces. Elaine C. Smith is a great narrator and comedian so viewers are in for a treat as she takes them on her own unique tour of Scotland.” 

In each episode, Elaine learns more about her stand up tour destination by engaging with the local people.

The series is directed by Jim Webster, Peter McQueen, and actor turned director Tony Kearney.

Episode synopsis:

Episode 1: North Berwick
During preparations for a gig at the famous ‘Fringe by the Sea’ festival, Elaine makes time for a sing song with the North Berwick Sings all female choir. There is also a visit to a day care centre where Elaine reminisces with local residents including 94 year old Bea Moscul.  Elaine is even accompanied for a haircut by local celebrity and friend Alison Craig before heading to the venue. 

Episode 2: Oban
Visiting the Gateway to the Isles, Elaine receives a warm welcome from the Oban High School Pipe Band. Elaine then jumps on an open top bus trip before joining local farmers, the McGregor sisters, at a sheep mart. She also tries her hand at chocolate making and joins a fitness class with a difference before performing a sell out gig at the Corran Halls.

Episode 3: Rothesay
Heading ‘doon the water’ to perform at the famous Rothesay Pavillion, Elaine makes time to join a tea dance and sing some jazz with local, Jenny Brown. Elaine goes on to have a ‘daunder’ and ice cream with best friend Barbara Rafferty and before her gig she catches up with friend and Rothesay woman Joan Reid. 

Episode 4: Arbroath/Montrose/Stonehaven
Elaine visits the North East and enjoys a trip on a miniature railway, some fish smoking, and a dip in the Stonehaven outdoor pool.  There is also time for some tintinnabulation as Elaine joins a local bell-ringing group before visiting the statue of ‘Bamse’ the dog in Montrose where local historian, Andrew Orr, explains the story of the life saving and medal winning dog during the Second World War.  She then pops in for a hairdo and sing song with local salon owner Danny Laverty before performing her show at the Webster Theatre. 

Episode 5: Port Patrick
As well as preparing for her show, Elaine spends time at the harbour and meets the local lifeboat crew. Elaine joins a local African drumming class before heading to the most Southern point of Scotland - The Mull of Galloway Lighthouse. There is time for an indoor curling lesson, a visit to a Scooter festival, and a chat with friend and actor Andy Gray before performing her gig for the people of Stranraer.

Episode 6: St Andrews
Elaine tastes the culinary delights produced by local bakers Fisher and Donaldson before a round of putting and catch-up with local boy and actor friend Paul Samson. Elaine’s visit to the east coast town incorporates a trip to the 600 year old University and the Byre Theatre is opened specially for her to perform her live show.

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** Attached photograph compulsory credit, “by kind permission of DC Thomson & Co Ltd.”  Alternative photography available on request.

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