Bernard Ponsonby interviews Scottish talent and public figures for exclusive STV Player series

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In a new series exclusively produced for the STV Player, special correspondent Bernard Ponsonby chats with five famous faces in a mixture of warm, frank, funny and moving interviews – all available to view free and on-demand.
In Conversation with Bernard Ponsonby sees the STV stalwart discuss highlights and low points, anecdotes, opinions and future plans with a host of Scottish public figures:
  • Actor, comedian and writer, Tony Roper talks openly about his relationship with his father, dear friend Rikki Fulton and his thoughts on why The Steamie continues to capture imaginations more than 30 years since it first hit the stage.
  • Ex-leader of the Scottish Conservative Party and mental health campaigner, Ruth Davidson, talks candidly about her experience of ‘coming out’ – both as gay and as a Conservative – and how parenthood led to her resigning her leadership of the party in 2019.
  • Jackie Kay, writer, Scot’s Makar and beloved Poet Laureate of Scotland, shares her feelings of being adopted and tracing her birth parents, her summers cleaning for John Le Carre as a teenager, coming out to her parents and dealing with racism in 70s Scotland.
  • Rapper, author and social commentator, Darren McGarvey aka Loki, talks about growing up in Pollok in the 80s, how music offered him continuity through chaos, his thoughts on social policy around addiction, and the success of his book, Poverty Safari.
  • Actor and director, David Hayman, shares thoughts on his early career and part in controversial film, A Sense of Freedom, that catapulted him onto the national arena; Scottish independence; his belief in the younger generation to implement change; and his children’s humanitarian charity, Spirit Aid.
Bernard Ponsonby said: “When the idea was mooted to create a show for the STV Player where I could have a relaxed and frank conversation with some of the most interesting Scots of our time, I was thrilled when these five very different individuals agreed to take part. The honesty, warmth and freedom with which they shared their stories and thoughts was enormously enjoyable and a real privilege to be part of. I hope viewers enjoy these conversations as much as I did.”
Episodes are 30 minutes long and available to watch, along with both The Steamie and A Sense of Freedom, on the STV Player now -
For more information please contact Kirstin Stevenson on 07803 970106 or email