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STV explores Scotland's past with new episodes of The People's History Show

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The Isle of Eigg, Stirling, Glasgow, Shetland, Arran and Peterhead will feature in a new series of STV's The People's History Show, which explores the tales of Scotland's past in nine brand new episodes starting Monday 11 September 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 the 16th century Massacre of Eigg, the slaying of almost the entire population of MacDonald clansmen by their enemies, the Macleods of Skye; and the battle of Langside in Glasgow.  
 
Presenter Ashley Cowie meets historians and metal detectorists in Stirling who claim to have found the real location for the Battle of Bannockburn and viewers will learn more about Shetland’s annual Up Helly AA festival and its origin.
 
STV2’s Angus Simpson tells the story of the U1206, a German submarine which sank eight miles off the coast of Peterhead in 1945, and historian Fergus Sutherland travels to Arran to unravel the 5000 year old mystery of the mysterious Machrie Moor stone circles.

The new series also features a special episode exploring some of Scotland’s most influential women, including Dundee born Fanny Wright, who fought for the abolition of slavery and women's rights; Mary Somerville from Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders, who played a role in the discovery of Neptune; Scottish doctor Elsie Inglis, founder of the Scottish Women's Hospital Unit; and the Duchess of Atholl, Katharine Marjory, who in 1923 became the first ever female Scottish MP.

Presenter Ashley Cowie said: “The new episodes of The People’s History Show digs really deep into Scotland’s lesser known past and we've filmed some very 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."
 
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:
 
Ellen Drummond
0141 300 3341 / 07803 970 143
ellen.drummond@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. 
 
In April, STV launched a new channel for Scotland, STV2. The channel broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week on Freeview channel 8, Sky channel 117 and Virgin channel 159 and is streamed online and available for catch-up via the STV Player. STV2 features an exciting and distinct schedule including an enhanced hourly news service, weekday magazine show Live at Five, popular Irish soap Fair City, local sport, the best of UK and international drama as well as classic movies. 
 
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.