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STV explores Scotland's past in new series of The People's History Show

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Shetland, Dundee, Hamilton, New Lanark, Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Borders will feature in a new series of STV's The People's History Show, which explores the tales of Scotland's past in six brand new episodes starting Friday 24 March at 2000.

Fronted by presenter and journalist Sarah Mack and historian and adventurer Ashley Cowie, the series looks back in time to discover the places and people that make up Scotland's history, with Sarah and Ashley travelling from the Borders in the south to Shetland in the north. 

The new series features some of the most fascinating events in Scottish history, including the Shetland Bus, the special WW2 operation that linked Shetland to Germany occupied Norway; the Great Fire of Glasgow in 1652; the historical naval base Scapa Flow; the Udston mining disaster in Hamilton; the Scots who fought in the Spanish Civil War and Dundee aviation pioneer Preston Watson.

Presenter Ashley Cowie said: “The history of Scotland is found not only in books, but in the stories and folklore of its people. This series is extra special to me as we travelled the length of Scotland and filmed some great characters in my home county of Caithness, giving the show a truly nationwide appeal."

Sarah Mack said: “It has been a fantastic opportunity to work on a series that never ceases to amaze me with the weird, wonderful and sometimes gruesome history it explores. No matter where you live in this great country we want to encourage you to scratch the surface and take a closer look because you never know what tales and adventures you might unearth right on your doorstep."

Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said: “This new series is a must-see for anyone with an interest in Scotland's history, with Ashley and Sarah travelling all over Scotland to delve into some of the most remarkable stories of our past.”

The series will also be available to watch live or for catch-up on the STV Player.

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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
 
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830
anna.hendry@stv.tv
 
NOTES TO EDITORS
 
Biogs:
 
Sarah Mack is a Scottish television presenter and journalist, known from presenting and reporting on Landward on BBC Scotland, The One Show on BBC and STV series Scottish Passport.
 
Ashley Cowie is a Scottish historian, author, adventurer, photographer and documentary filmmaker. He has written four bestselling non-fiction books about his many historical and scientific research projects.
 
In 2009 Ashley became resident historian on STV’s The Hour Show and has since featured as an expert on several documentaries. Following legends and myths associated to lost artefacts and relics, Ashley's documentaries take viewers to some of the most dangerous and forbidden places on earth.
 
About STV:
STV is Scotland’s leading digital media brand, providing consumers with quality content on air, online and on demand. 
 
STV’s broadcast channel reaches 3.5 million viewers each month with first class programming including soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street, big drama productions, entertainment hits The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, strong home-grown productions and the most comprehensive local news service in the UK. 
 
STV also delivers city TV for Scotland’s largest cities. STV Glasgow launched in June 2014 and STV Edinburgh launched in January 2015. Both channels are available on Freeview channel 8, Sky channel 117 and Virgin channel 159 and, combined, reach 800,000 viewers each month making them one of the top 30 best watched digital channels in the broadcast area. 
 
STV’s existing city TV channels will soon be rebranded and combined with three new licences for Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee under one distinct brand, STV2.
 
STV Productions is one of the UK’s leading content businesses, with ambitious plans for domestic and international growth. The company has a record of success across a range of genres including drama, factual and entertainment, producing a wide range of programmes for a variety of networks, including entertainment show Catchphrase for ITV, ratings success Antiques Road Trip for BBC One, Safeword for ITV2 and documentaries such as Dunblane: Our Story for BBC2 and The Queen Mary: Greatest Ocean Liner, a documentary for BBC Scotland, BBC Four and Smithsonian Channel. 
 
STV’s digital business incorporates Scotland’s most popular commercial media website, stv.tv, and includes an enhanced digital news app serving consumers local, national and international news as well as features, sport and weather in one place.  The STV Player offers consumers within STV’s licence areas in Scotland the opportunity to enjoy programmes live or on catch-up.
                              
STV content is available across platforms including iOS, Android, Windows 8, YouView and Samsung Smart TV.