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STV unveils schedule highlights for 2014

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STV has unveiled highlights of its 2014 schedule, including a range of original, Scottish productions, key network shows and a continued commitment to news and current affairs in the lead up to the independence referendum.
 
  • In brand new quiz show The Lie, hosted by comedian Susan Calman and made by STV Productions, two teams compete to win a cash prize by identifying the lie from a set of otherwise true statements;
  • STV continues to provide a platform for debate ahead of the independence referendum, with Scotland Tonight specials and major live peak time debates in 2014. STV will also broadcast the final of The Referendum Schools Debate, a partnership between STV and Debating Matters to give secondary school pupils the opportunity to discuss the big issues in the run up to the referendum.
  • Too Good to Waste: Passing it On rifles through the rubbish of the Scottish celebrities from series one, including Fred MacAulay, Kaye Adams and Stephen Purdon, and challenges them to help their friends and family stop wasting resources, time and money.
  • The STV Appeal Update 2013: Your Money, Well Spent (Saturday 4 January) celebrates the success of the STV Appeal which raised £2.5 million for Scotland’s children this year, and visits some of the projects that are benefiting from funding. STV will also broadcast a week of dedicated STV Appeal programming later in the year to highlight fundraising efforts in 2014;
  • Film review series Moviejuice returns in January, presented by Grant Lauchlan;
  • A new series of Animal 999, made by independent production company Demus, goes behind the scenes of the Scottish SPCA to highlight the fantastic work carried out by Scotland’s leading animal welfare charity.
  • Finally, This is Scotland is a series of brand new documentaries produced by upcoming Scottish based filmmakers together with the Scottish Documentary Institute.
As 2013 comes to an end, STV will celebrate Hogmanay with Swing Into 2014, a one woman show featuring singer and presenter Michelle McManus, filmed at The Tron theatre in Glasgow. Michelle is joined by famous Scottish faces for a look back at 2013, featuring a range of fantastic songs including Cabaret and Auld Lang Syne, as well as a festive count-down to the bells. The 35 minute programme will air at 2330 on New Years Eve.
 
The 2014 schedule also includes the best of network drama, including Mr Selfridge and The Bletchley Circle, top entertainment shows Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor, soap favourites Coronation Street and Emmerdale, as well as brand new entertainment show Let Me Entertain You and iconic game show Catchphrase, both produced by STV Productions.
 
In June 2014, STV will launch STV Glasgow, a brand new city-focused TV channel. More details about the schedule and presenters will be unveiled in due course.
 
STV is the biggest commercial channel in Scotland, reaching 92% of Scots or 3.9 million people every month. In 2013 STV showed 499 out of the top 500 commercial TV programmes, including the best watched soap (Coronation Street), football match (England v Scotland), drama (Downton Abbey) and entertainment show (Britain’s Got Talent).
 
Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said: “Our viewers expect a great mix of entertainment, drama, news and current affairs, and in 2014 we will continue to deliver just that. 2014 is a big year for Scotland and our schedule will combine the very best from the network with some excellent new Scottish productions, the big issues and discussions ahead of the independence referendum, and the launch of a brand new city channel.”
 
Viewers can continue to catch up with all their favourite STV programmes on the STV Player, free of charge, for up to 30 days.
 
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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 / 07921 494 654
anna.hendry@stv.tv