STV unveils schedule highlights for 2013

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STV has unveiled key highlights of its 2013 schedule, including the best network material and a diverse range of original, Scottish productions.
The highlights give a flavour of what’s to come in the New Year:
  • A new series of Scottish Passport is on screen in January, sending well known faces like Alex Norton and Sarah Heaney around the world in search of great holidays;
  • An historical look at the independence question in Scotland, Road to the Referendum examines whyScotland has gone from being at the heart of the union to holding a referendum on independence in one lifetime;
  • The return of Animal 999, by independent production company Demus means more injured animals, caring members of the public and dedicated Scottish SPCA inspectors on our screens;
  • A new food series with celebrity chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn examines the food links between Northern Ireland and Scotland;
  • Return of film review series, Moviejuice, presented by Grant Lauchlan;
  • And a one off documentary narrated by David Hayman, In Search of Robert Burns, which quite literally gives us a brand new vision of the poet.
The 2013 schedule also includes the best of network drama, such as Mr SelfridgeBroadchurch starring David Tenant,Ice Cream Girls and Lightfields. STV will also bring viewers in Scotland top rating entertainment programmes includingDancing on Ice and Britain’s Got Talent.
STV News at 6pm has the highest audience share for over 10 years and is committed to offering the most comprehensive local news service in the UK, with programmes for the East, West and North of Scotland plus a bulletin for Tayside. Our popular current affairs showScotland Tonight has been a great success throughout 2012, regularly reaching 500,000 viewers each week will also run through 2013.
STV is the best watched peak time commercial channel, with an average peak time audience double that of Channel 4 and three times Channel 5.
Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said: “Over the course of a month, 94% of Scots watch STV which goes to show that we are delivering programmes that are relevant and engaging for our audiences. We had seven out of the top 10 entertainment shows in 2012 and the best watched TV programme across the year so far, Britain’s Got Talent. We aim to provide viewers with a great mix of entertainment, news and current affairs, and drama and this will continue with our 2013 schedule, combining the very best network content with the very best of Scottish programming.” 
STV Productions has been commissioned to produce programmes for the Channel 3 network, including dramaThe Poison Tree and Catchphrase on Saturday evenings. 
Alan Clements, director of content for STV Productions, said: “The Poison Tree is a fantastic example of a successful STV Productions’ commission that is being broadcast across the ITV network. We look forward to bringing new dramas, factual entertainment and entertainment programmes to all the major channels next year.
“Ratings success Antiques Road Trip will continue with a sixth series and be joined on BBC2 by Country Show Cook Off. Catchphrase and Fake Reaction also kick off in 2013 on ITV1 and ITV2 respectively.”
For further information, please contact the STV press office:-
Lauren Ferson
0141 300 3290 / 07921 494 654
Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143