STV explores Scotland's past in new series of The People's History Show

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Fascinating stories from Dundee, Oban, Clydebank, Aberdeen, Paisley and Glasgow feature in a new series of STV's The People's History Show, which returns Monday 16 April at 2000.
The popular show kicks off with a must-see episode for Beatles fans, telling the story of the local promoter who coined the phrase 'Beatlemania' when The Fab Four played Caird Hall in Dundee in 1963, and featuring seldom-seen Beatles footage from the STV archive.
Fronted by STV viewers’ favourite Angus Simpson and returning host Sarah Mack, and with David Farrell bringing features from across the country, The People’s History Show looks back in time to discover the places and people that make up Scotland's shared history.
The new episodes explore a host of fascinating events, places and personalities from Scotland’s past, including a look at McCaig's Tower in Oban, one of the country’s most unusual buildings; the story of world-famous transatlantic liner Queen Elizabeth 2, which was built and launched in Clydebank in 1967; and a chance to learn more about Aberdeen writer and poet Nan Shepherd, whose picture can be seen on Scottish £5 notes.
The series pays tribute to iconic Edinburgh author Muriel Spark to mark the 100th anniversary of her birth and looks back at Muhammad Ali's visit to Paisley in 1965, when the heavyweight champion was still known as Cassius Clay.
In a special episode, STV celebrates Glasgow’s iconic Citizens Theatre, which in its 70 years has established itself right in the heart of the local community. As 'The Citz' prepares for a major redevelopment project, Angus Simpson looks at the impact of this much loved and unique theatre.
Angus Simpson said: "I’ve always been fascinated by the personal stories behind some of the most famous – and not so famous - events in Scotland’s past. There are many fantastic stories coming up on the People’s History Show, and it’s an absolute delight to be presenting them."
Executive producer Paul Hughes added: “The People's History Show continues to be a must-see for anyone with an interest in Scotland's history. Viewers can expect some truly fascinating stories as Angus and Sarah journey all over Scotland to delve into some of the most remarkable events, places and people of our past.”
The series will also be available to watch live or on catch-up on the STV Player.
For a preview copy, please contact the STV press office:
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830
Ellen Drummond
0141 300 3341 / 07803 970 143
About STV
STV is Scotland’s leading digital media brand, providing consumers with quality content on air, online and on demand. 
STV’s broadcast channel reaches 3.5 million viewers each month with first class programming including soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street, big drama productions, entertainment hits The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, strong home-grown productions and the most comprehensive local news service in the UK. 
In April 2017, STV launched a new channel for Scotland, STV2. The channel broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week on Freeview channel 8, Sky channel 117 and Virgin channel 159 and is streamed online and available for catch-up via the STV Player. STV2 features an exciting and distinct schedule including an enhanced hourly news service, weekday magazine show Live at Five, popular Irish soap Fair City, local sport, the best of UK and international drama as well as classic movies. 
STV Productions is one of the UK’s leading content businesses with ambitious plans for domestic and international growth. The company has a record of success across a range of genres, including drama, entertainment and factual, producing programmes for a variety of broadcasters. Highlights include entertainment show Catchphrase for ITV, ratings winner Antiques Road Trip for BBC One and documentaries Britain’s Polar Bear Cub for Channel 4, Ross Kemp Behind Bars – Inside Barlinnie for ITV and Prison: First & Last 24 Hours for Sky1. In drama, four part thriller The Victim is currently in production for BBC One, and STV Productions recently announced a second BBC commission - 90 minute drama Elizabeth is Missing.
STV’s digital business incorporates Scotland’s most popular commercial media website,, and includes an enhanced digital news app serving consumers local, national and international news as well as features, sport and weather in one place.  The STV Player offers consumers within STV’s licence areas in Scotland the opportunity to enjoy programmes live or on catch-up.
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