STV celebrates Scotland's National Bard with hidden treasures from the archives

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This Burns Night, STV will commemorate Scotland's national poet by digging deep into its vast archives in a special Burns celebration.
Robert Burns: Hidden Treasures, broadcast on Friday 25th January at 20.00 with a voiceover by Scottish spoken word artist Cat Hepburn, is a warm and emotive look at Burns Nights past, featuring rarely-seen songs and performances from the past 60 years,
The half-hour programme invites viewers to learn more about Scotland’s most iconic poet with a series of poignant and thoughtful moments, highlighting Burns’ enduring relevance and showing that his words are still significant to this day.
Stephen O’Donnell, Director of Programme Strategy & Marketing at STV, said: “I hope viewers will enjoy this nostalgic and affectionate collection of Burns songs and performances from the past as we unlock the archive to reveal some true gems.”
Robert Burns: Hidden Treasures features much-loved poems, songs and performances from archive shows including:
A Guid New Year – 1957
STV’s first ever Hogmanay show, broadcast live from the Tolbooth Steeple at Glasgow Cross and featuring a stirring version of Auld Lang Syne by the crowd.
Burns – In Search of the Auld Sangs – 1987
Popular Scottish singer Jean Redpath and award-winning American director and composer John Mauceri reveal that we’re all singing the wrong tune to Auld Lang Syne - followed by a stunning performance of the original melody by Jean.
Burns the Jolly Beggar – 1968
Scottish Actor John Cairney played Scotland's national bard in this drama. Now aged 88, in decades past John was the go-to man for playing Burns - even naming his autobiography The Man who played Robert Burns.
Burns: Sweetly Play’d in Tune – 1984
In this studio entertainment show, popular Scottish singer Peter Morrison sings a rousing rendition of Burn’s autobiographical song ‘Rantin’ Rovin’ Robin’. Written when Burns was 28 years old, the song predicted his own imminent fame.
For further information, please contact the STV press office:
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830 
Katie Martin
0141 300 3109
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