STV unveils schedule highlights for 2015

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STV presents highlights of its 2015 schedule, including continued commitment to news and current affairs content, a variety of original Scottish programming, international sport, high profile network shows, and returning STV favourites.
  • The STV Appeal Update 2014:  Where your money went airs on New Year’s Day at 1815 and celebrates the success of the STV Appeal 2014 which has raised £2.6 million for Scotland’s children. The half hour programme visits some of the projects that are benefiting from STV Appeal funding;  
  • This is Scotland is a series of two new documentaries produced by upcoming Scottish based filmmakers.  The film makers are Ruth Carslaw and Jack Warrender.  Ruth’s film, My New Hair, a journey into the world of wigs following Scottish women who have lost their hair.  Jack’s film, Lost in Transition, asks how much you can tell about a city from its Lost Property Office;
  • Hayman’s Way is a new eight part series where David Hayman sets out on his own journey to discover some of rural Scotland’s most beautiful, fascinating and surprising places.  From secret hideaway in the Cairngorms to cliff top castles in East Lothian, David explores the history, people and landscapes to be found in the nation’s most stunning countryside.
  • Elaine C. Smith takes us on a nostalgic, funny and educational journey in Birds Eye View.  In this heart-warming factual entertainment series for STV we see Elaine’s first stand up tour in ten years, taking her across Scotland visiting many of the country’s once much sought after holiday destinations by the sea.  Elaine will take, for the first time ever, a quintessential Glaswegian trip “doon the water” and beyond.
  • Ulster chef Paul Rankin and Scottish chef Nick Nairn go on a culinary road trip in Paul & Nick’s American Food Trip along the east coast of America to find out about the history of the Ulster-Scots and Scottish immigrants who defined modern America.  Paul and Nick visit cities such as Boston and Portland, Maine amongst others.  Along the way they cook a three-course meal for some of the descendants who remain proud of their Scottish and Ulster-Scottish ancestry. 
  • STV continues to provide a platform for debate with Scotland Tonight;
  • 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.
As 2014 comes to an end, STV will celebrate Hogmanay with What a Year!  featuring STV News at Six presenter John MacKay and STV Glasgow’s The Riverside Show presenter Jennifer Reoch, filmed at Stirling Castle.  John and Jennifer are joined by famous Scottish faces for a review of 2014.  The show will take a look back at the referendum on Scottish independence, the Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup and a host of high profile events that made up 2014, as well as a festive count-down to the bells.  The 50 minute programme will air at 2315 on New Year’s Eve.
The 2015 schedule also includes the best of network drama, including Broadchurch and Mr Selfridge, top entertainment shows Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor, soap favourites Emmerdale and Coronation Street, as well as brand new talent show Get Your Act Together and iconic game show Catchphrase, produced by STV Productions. STV will also host UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League football matches plus provide viewers with all the action from the Rugby World Cup 2015.
In January 2015, STV will launch STV Edinburgh, the second brand new city-focused TV channel for Scotland.  The Fountainbridge Show is the flagship programme for the channel and will be presented nightly from the studio by former Heart and Real Radio breakfast show host, Ewen Cameron and broadcaster and presenter Hayley Matthews.  Ewen and Hayley will be joined on the live programme by roving reporters Zara Janjua and George Ward
The launch of STV Edinburgh follows the launch of STV Glasgow in June 2014. STV Glasgow reaches 500,000 viewers each month and the most popular programmes include Peter and Roughie’s Football Show, Take the High Road and The Riverside Show.
STV is the biggest commercial channel in Scotland, reaching 89% of Scots or 4.1 million people every month.  In 2014, STV showed 48 out of the top 50 commercial TV programmes, including the best watched soap Coronation Street, drama Downton Abbey and entertainment show Britain’s Got Talent.
Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said: “The past year has been packed with history making live events, original programming, compelling characters and fascinating documentaries, not to mention the success of Scotland’s first city TV channel, STV Glasgow.  With an exciting line up for the year ahead, including the launch of our new city TV channel for the capital, STV Edinburgh, we are sure 2015 will be another great year.”
Alan Clements, director of content for STV Productions, said: “Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered was a huge success for STV Productions in 2014 and was broadcast on BBC One, Smithsonian in the United States, and on Discovery Canada.  We very much look forward to bringing new and returning formats to the major channels next year.
Antiques Road Trip and Celebrity Antiques Road Trip are STV Productions longest running series for BBC. Both will be on air in 2015 with new series and we also have Catchphrase returning to ITV, The Link returning to BBC One, and The Lie returning to STV, TV3 and launching on S4C.”
STV's popular catch-up service, STV Player, allows users to catch up with their favourite STV programmes free of charge.  STV Player is available on a wide range of platforms, allowing viewers within the STV licence areas of Scotland to watch STV programmes on YouView, iOS tablets and smartphones, Android tablets and smartphones, Windows 8 tablets and PCs, Xbox 360, and Samsung Smart TV.
For further information, please contact the STV press office:
Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143
Claire Henry
0141 300 3830 / 07850 710421