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Huntingtower

1 9 7 8 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes Set in the 1920s, this children's programme from BBC Scotland featured an imprisoned Russian princess (Emma Jacobs),...

High Living

1 9 6 9 - 1 9 7 1 (Scotland) Scotland's very first TV soap opera was about life in a Glasgow tower block and documented...

Take The High Road

1 9 8 0 - 2 0 0 3 (UK) 1517 x 30 minute episodes This twice-weekly Scottish lunchtime soap opera was set in the fictitious town...

Ian Stewart – The “Secret” Rolling Stone

Born in 1938 in the Scottish town of Pittenweem, in Fife, Ian Stewart was working as a shipping clerk at a London chemical company...

That Sinking Feeling (1979)

The theft of a consignment of stainless steel sinks is planned with the intricacy of a diamond heist by a group of amiably feckless unemployed...

Stone The Crows

Formed around Scottish singer Maggie Bell the band worked initially in clubs and air bases around the UK and Europe before arriving in London in...

Stealers Wheel

Prior to Stealers Wheel, Gerry Rafferty had played in a Clydesdale folk duo called The Humblebums in the late 60s with superstar-comedian-to-be Billy Connolly. Billy would...

Slik

Slik formed in the mid-70s from the ashes of a Glasgow (Scotland) heavy metal group called Salvation which contained Jim McGinlay and his brother...

Skids, The

The Skids formed in Dunfermline, Scotland, in 1977. The singles Sweet Suburbia and The Saints Are Coming both made commercial inroads before the mighty Into...

Simple Minds

Bowie-influenced Scottish punk band Johnny & The Self Abusers changed their name to Simple Minds for New Wave fame and glimmered through the early 80's by adding Krautrock and...

Sheena Easton

Sheena Shirley Orr was born in 1959 in Bellshill, Scotland, and began performing while studying speech and drama at the Royal Scottish Academy of...

Sensational Alex Harvey Band, The

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band placed five albums in the UK Top 20 in three years and were considered capable of much more. Growing up...

Poets, The

The Poets began life in 1962 when George Gallacher (vocals) joined forces with Hume Paton (lead & 12-string guitar), Tony Myles (rhythm guitar), John...

Pilot

Singer/bassist David Paton spent his early years in Leith (Edinburgh) and then moved to the tough district of Inch, later joining The Bay City Rollers. While...

Proclaimers, The

Craig and Charlie Reid were born in 1962 in Leith, a dockland suburb of Edinburgh, with Craig arriving 30 minutes after his twin brother...

Primal Scream

Originally a guitar pop band formed by early Jesus & Mary Chain drummer Bobby Gillespie, Primal Scream got harder, wilder and heavier as the decade wore...

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

Formed in 1983 in the famous Tennants Bar in Glasgow, they built a reputation for studenty, jangly and thoughtful guitar-pop. Listening to the vignettes on...

Jesus & Mary Chain, The

Formed in East Kilbride, Scotland, this indie quartet originally comprised William Reid (vocals, guitar), Jim Reid (vocals, guitar), Douglas Hart (bass) and Murray Dalglish...

Del Amitri

Justin Currie formed Del Amitri in Glasgow at the dawn of the 1980s. The band meandered directionless until the autumn of 1982 when 17-year...

Deacon Blue

Scottish band Deacon Blue were named after the track Deacon Blues from Steely Dan's 1977 album, Aja. Frontman Ricky Ross (a youth worker by profession) had been submitting demo...

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Spy with My Face, The (1965)

The Man from UNCLE was such a cult hit in the UK that the seven movie spin-offs were made almost exclusively with the British box...

Johnny Rivers

A New Yorker, Rivers broke through in 1964 with a cover version of Memphis Tennessee, although his biggest hit was a song he had written...

Tiger Bay (1959)

A Polish sailor on leave in Cardiff murders his unfaithful girlfriend. A lonely young girl is a witness and takes the gun to impress...

Yello

These wacky Swiss synth-pop pioneers were led by Dieter Meier, a millionaire businessman, professional gambler and member of the Swiss national golf team. He...

FJ Holden, The (1977)

This was the first movie to truly show what it was really like to be an Australian teenager in the suburbs during the 1970s. The...

Digital Watches

The first models (circa 1972) were very expensive and featured a flat black screen. One needed to press a small button on the side...

Enemy Mine (1985)

In the distant future, the population of Earth is at war with the reptilian Draconians. Two pilots, one from each side, crash-land on a desolate...

Belly Of An Architect, The (1987)

Brian Dennehy stars as a self-obsessed middle-aged American architect travelling to Italy to supervise an exhibition about an 18th-century French architect. His work is subverted...