Wednesday, 1 June 2011

BBC ALBA – WEEKLY PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS Saturday 11 June – Friday 17 June 2011

Title: Rockness 2011 Music Festival

The Scottish summer festival season starts on BBC ALBA as the channel presents live coverage of the main stage and highlights from the weekend. The Chemical Brothers and Example are among the main stage acts on Saturday plus DJ Annie Mac. Hosted by Andrew Robertson and Emma MacInnes.

Transmitted: Saturday 11 June
Time: 9.00 – 11:00pm

Title: Rockness 2011 Music Festival
Rockness continues on BBC ALBA, with Paolo Nutini, Glasvegas and The Wombats all featuring on the main stage on Sunday. Hosted by Andrew Robertson and Emma MacInnes.

Transmitted: Sunday 12 June
Time: 10.00pm – 12:00 midnight

Title: Taghadh Bho na Trads / Highlights from The Trads
Julie Fowlis presents music and chat from the Trad Award Winners’ – some of the finest traditional musicians in the country. On tonight’s show - Malinky and Joe Aitken.

Transmitted: Monday 13 June
Time: 8.30 – 9.00pm

Title: Trusadh / Papers in The New World

The newspaper industry has seen many changes in recent years. In the past five years alone, sales of newspapers on a national level have fallen by 30%. The expansion of television to a multi-channel world offering 24/7 news, and the impact of the internet and new technology have all changed the way that we consume news.

How though have local newspapers been affected, and what lies ahead for the industry as a whole? Local Western Isles journalist, Murray MacLeod, finds out more.

We hear from other journalists, and visit the Skye based West Highland Free Press, who recently became the UK's first employee owned newspaper. Is this a model that would work for others? In Uist, local newspaper, Am Pàipear, has twice been named Community Newspaper of the Year for the Highlands and Islands recently. What is the secret of its success?

Transmitted: Monday 13 June
Time: 9.00 – 10.00pm

Title: Dannsa

Over the course of this vibrant and highly energetic television series, viewers will follow six different dance groups from around Scotland through the highs and lows of rehearsal, competition and performance and we meet some of the dancers to share their life challenges. The groups are highly diverse in location, style, aspiration, age and accomplishment, including the Heavy Smokers, a street-dancing crew from Livingston, the teenage girls of the Fusion dance class in Aberdeen, the Ballet West school in Taynuilt, Oban, the asylum seekers and refugees of the Maryhill Integration Network in Glasgow, the over sixties at Dance Base in Edinburgh, and the aspiring hopefuls from The Space at the School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee.

All groups along with their teachers and choreographers face the challenge of putting a special dance piece together for a show which will see all six groups showcasing their talents on the same stage for one night only. Renowned Scottish contemporary choreographer Mr Andy Howitt will have the demanding task of incorporating all six groups for the end of series performance special at the Tramway Theatre in Glasgow.

Dannsa...........six groups, six different dance styles, one live dance show!

Transmitted: Monday 13 June
Time: 10.00 – 10.30pm

Title: Soillse / Eye of the Crocodile

In Madagascar, the tiny village of Ambalavuntaka lives in fear of killer crocodiles. For eight years, a giant crocodile has been circling this tiny peninsula, isolated in the middle of the Pangalanes canal in the east of the country. In the last few years, five people have been eaten. As the canal is the only source of water, it's impossible to lead a normal life. Washing up, bathing or simply crossing the canal all these simple, everyday acts have become a bold and risky adventure.

Too poor to buy a gun, the villagers are unable to defend themselves. But even if they did have a rifle, they would still be helpless against this monster. Hunting a creature like this is as skill that only a few accomplished hunters possess.

Responding to the call of the curse on this tiny village lost in the distant bush, a renowned young Madagascan hunter and a French crocodile expert join forces to try to rid this village of their plight.

Transmitted: Wednesday 15 June
Time: 9.00 – 9.55pm

Title: The Corncrake and the Croft An-Diugh

A unique opportunity to watch a documentary from the BBC's The World About Us series from 1977 about crofting and the environment in North Uist. The programme also looks at how the people and places featured have changed since then.

Transmitted: Thursday 16 June
Time: 9.00 – 10.00pm

Title: Anns na Paipearan / News from 1985

Derek Mackay takes a nostalgic look back at some of the stories featured in the Highland press in the year 1985.

Transmitted: Friday 17 June
Time: 8.30 – 9.00pm