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Documentaries by STV Productions on new BBC Scotland channel

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Two new documentary series made by STV Productions will be shown on the new BBC Scotland channel, which launches on Sunday 24th February.
 
Yes/No – Inside The Indyref (3 x 60’) offers a remarkable insight into the opposing campaigns of 2014’s Scottish independence referendum, a monumental event which has continued to influence political discussion across the country.
 
Major players from both sides give the inside track on the highs and lows of their campaigns to persuade a majority of voters to back them on the historic polling day in September 2014. In candid interviews they lift the lid on where their operations hit the spot or suffered setbacks during the months of impassioned debate and argument.
 
In observational documentary Inside Central Station (6 x 60’) viewers will meet the people at the heart of Glasgow’s Central Station - the commuters’ hub that’s been part of the city’s lifeblood for 140 years.
 
The series takes a look behind the scenes of Scotland’s busiest train station and follows those that work all hours to keep more than 950 trains running a day, carrying more than 32 million passengers a year - while delving into the building’s history with fascinating stories from the past.
 
Transmission details for both series will be released at a later date.
 
David Mortimer, Managing Director of STV Productions, said: "We are delighted that these two commissions are part of the new channel schedule. Both shows will bring fascinating insights for BBC Scotland viewers - one looking at one of the most significant political events in Scottish history, the other going behind the scenes at Scotland's busiest train station.
 
“We welcome the BBC’s commitment to the creative industries sector in Scotland and look forward to continue working with the BBC Scotland commissioning team in 2019."
 
David Harron is BBC Scotland’s executive producer for both shows, while the executive producer for STV Productions is Michael McAvoy.
 
Last year STV announced ambitious growth plans to build an independent production company of scale, focusing on developing returning series for terrestrial and SVOD players and serving the growing demand for quality programming from the nations and regions.
 
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For further information, please contact the STV press office:
 
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830
anna.hendry@stv.tv
 
Katie Martin
0141 3003109
katie.martin@stv.tv
 
 
Notes to editors
 
STV Productions is one of the UK’s leading content businesses with ambitious plans for domestic and international growth. 
 
The company, led by award-winning executive David Mortimer, has a record of success across a range of genres, including drama, entertainment and factual, for a wide range of broadcasters.  Eighteen series of ratings winner Antiques Road Trip has been produced for the BBC, along with eight series of sister programme Celebrity Antiques Road Trip
 
In entertainment, the company has produced seven series of Catchphrase for ITV, game shows And They’re Off...for Sport Relief for BBC One and Babushka for ITV Daytime, as well as The Dressing Room for UKTV’s entertainment channel W.
 
STV Productions has a track record of producing quality drama, with four part thriller The Victim – starring Kelly Macdonald and John Hannahdue for transmission on BBC One. STV Productions has also confirmed a second BBC drama commission - Elizabeth is Missing, adapted from Emma Healey’s novel. Previous drama productions include Taggart and Rebus for ITV.
 
Highlights among Factual series and specials include Britain’s Polar Bear Cub for Channel 4, two series of Prison: First & Last 24 Hours for Sky1, Ross Kemp Behind Bars – Inside Barlinnie for ITV, Scotland and the Battle for Britain presented by Andrew Marr for BBC Two, Fire in the Night, an award winning feature documentary to mark the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster, Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered for BBC1, Smithsonian Channel and Discovery Canada, as well as documentary series Yes/No – Inside The Indyref and Inside Central Station for the soon-to-be-launched BBC Scotland channel.
 
STV Productions works with a number of leading international sales agents that distribute its programmes and formats outside the UK. The company’s partnership with Sky Vision covers international distribution of STV Productions' unscripted catalogue as well as a global distribution deal for forthcoming BBC drama, The Victim.