Monday, 31 October 2011

BBC ALBA – WEEKLY PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS Saturday 5 November – Friday 11 November 2011

Title: SPL Kilmarnock v Inverness CT

The latest full-match coverage from the SPL as Kilmarnock host Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Rugby Park.

Transmitted: Saturday 5 November
Time: 5.30 – 7.30pm

Title: Horo Gheallaidh / Celtic Music Sessions

World class musicians from the Celtic Connections festival drop in to give special, intimate performances at the Horo Gheallaidh ceilidh session's filmed in Glasgow and presented by Sarah Cruickshank.

This week, Duncan Chisholm and Phil Cunningham, Karen Matheson, Orkney's Saltfishforty and the fantastic sound of Ross Ainslie's new collaboration, India Alba. This is a unique opportunity to watch world-class artists up close, performing stripped down versions of their songs live on our sofa in a way you won't have seen them before.

Transmitted: Saturday 5 November
Time: 10.00 – 10.30pm

Title: Gach Creutair Beo / Vets

Out on the farm with vet Iain Maclean in Wick as he treats a dairy cow with a twisted stomach, and back in the surgery with him as he castrates and treats a feral cat.

At Highland Wildlife Park, the family of Scottish Wildcats has recently had three kittens. Vet Jane Harley dares to get up close to these fearsome animals to give them essential injections, but first they must be caught. The wild and wonderful world of Scottish vets.

Transmitted: Monday 7 November
Time: 8.30 – 9.00pm

Title: Trusadh - Camanachd Leodhais/Lewis Camanachd

The beginning of the season 2011 and a new team is grabbing the attention of shinty fans. For the first time, the Camanachd Association have allowed a team from Lewis to compete in the national league. This year is a trial period and Lewis are up against it to prove that they are worthy of securing a permanent place playing at this level.

In Trusadh: Lewis Camanachd - Black and Blue, we follow manager Paul Duke and the team through the highs and lows of the season and meet some of the other characters associated with the team along the way. How will the new boys fare against the league's established teams? How will they cope with the travel across the country? Will they manage to put out a team each week? And will they ultimately do enough to silence the critics and secure their position in the league - and truly establish shinty's place in Lewis in the future?!

Transmitted: Monday 7 November
Time: 9.00 – 10.00pm

Title: Eorpa / European Current Affairs

Another edition of Eorpa, reporting on the most interesting stories from around Europe.

Transmitted: Wednesday 9 November
Time: 8.30 – 9.00pm

Title: Na Geamannan / World Island Games

Bad news for the men's football team while Norrie goes knocking on doors to raise money for the golf team.

Transmitted: Thursday 10 November
Time: 8.30 – 9.00pm

Title: Air an Rathad / On the Road

How do you get started in motorsport? Calum Iain joins the competitors at Fintray Hill Climb to find out.

Murray's gone back to the day job looking after the sheep on the croft, and he's putting the Isuzu Rodeo pickup through its paces - but is it tough enough for the task?

Fiona is a guest of Grampian Fire Brigade as she joins them on a blues and twos exercise through the busy streets of Aberdeen. She gets some tips on how to manoeuvre through heavy traffic and finds out what you should do as a driver when you hear that siren and see the blue lights flashing.

And the team are back on the track for another round of Wacky Races - what daft stunt have they been given this week?

Transmitted: Thursday 10 November
Time: 10.00 – 10.30pm

Title: Grinn / Makeover

In the third episode, Fay Thomson from Skye receives a makeover from the Grinn team. Presented by Donna MacLeod, Lynda MacMillan and John Comerford.

Transmitted: Friday 11 November
Time: 8.30 – 9.00pm

Title: Monte Cassino

To commemorate Armistice Day, we learn of the Allied invasion of southern Italy in September 1943 that led to one of the most controversial campaigns of World War II.

To prevent invaders from reaching Rome, the Germans constructed a chain of fortifications across Italy. Integral to this was the mountain-top monastery of Monte Cassino. Monte Cassino and its surroundings would be the site of thousands of Allied and Germans casualties in four battles in 1944.

The monastery at Monte Cassino was bombed by the Allies in the mistaken belief that German troops were occupying it. After this bombing, which destroyed much of the monastery, elite German paratroopers occupied the rubble and it took several months and several thousand lives to dislodge them.

In this programme, Brigadier John MacFarlane explores the impact the battles had on the monastery at Monte Cassino as he follows in the footsteps of the thousands of Scottish soldiers who fought there.

Transmitted: Friday 11 November
Time: 9.00 – 9.45pm