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

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Glasgow, Orkney, Dundee, Fife, Sutherland and East Kilbride will feature in a new series of STV's The People's History Show, which explores the tales of Scotland's past in eight brand new episodes starting Monday 12 June 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 shared social history.
 
The new series features some of the most fascinating events, places and personalities in Scottish history, including a special celebration of 150 years of Queen’s Park FC with historian Dan Gray and comedian and actor Sanjeev Kohli looking back at a century and a half of Scotland’s oldest association football club.
 
Viewers will hear about Orkney’s historical naval base Scapa Flow; the Glasgow born 'father of Argentine football', Alexander Watson Hutton; and Dundee aviation pioneer Preston Watson.

The series also features the story of Scotland's Secret Bunker, hidden 100 feet underground beneath a Scottish farmhouse in Fife to help safeguard Scotland during the Cold War in the event of a nuclear attack; and Ashley Cowie visits the Timespan Museum in the village of Helmsdale in Sutherland to learn more about the discovery of gold in the Strath of Kildonan.
 
Historian Fergus Sutherland visits East Kilbride, Scotland's first 'New Town', to meet some of its first residents, and Glasgow historian Judith Bowers tells the story of The Britannia Panopticon in Glasgow, which dates back to the 1850s and is the oldest remaining music hall in the world with some remarkable performers gracing its stage over the years.

Presenter Ashley Cowie said: “Season three of The People’s History Show digs really deep into Scotland’s lesser known past and we've filmed some really inspirational, awe-inspiring and emotional stories featuring the blood, sweat and tears of the people who built our nation.”

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.