Wednesday, 18 January 2012

BBC ALBA – WEEKLY PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS Saturday 28 January – Friday 3 February 2012

Title: SPL Motherwell v St. Johnstone

The latest full-match coverage from the SPL as Motherwell host St Johnstone at Fir Park.

Transmitted: Saturday 28 January
Time: 5.30 – 7.30pm

Title: Paddy Keenan agus Fred Morrison aig Celtic Connections

Two piping legends: Ireland's Paddy Keenan and Scotland's Fred Morrison, in concert at Celtic Connections with a host of musician friends from Scotland, Ireland and Galicia.

Transmitted: Saturday 28 January
Time: 9.00 – 10.00pm

Title: Trusadh: ME An Sgiths Nimheil/The Toxic Tiredness

In the second episode of a two part special, Trusadh takes a deeper look into the world of ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), a debilitating disease which affects more than 250,000 people in the UK. Scientific opinion is split as to the origins and nature of the illness, and the best way to approach treatment. The episode focuses on the controversial work of a David Mickel, a Scottish doctor who believes he has found the 'cure' to ME - a talking therapy which addresses an imbalance in the emotional centre of the brain. He has no scientific proof, but claims an astonishing success rate. We follow two patients as they undergo his therapy, and hear a very different perspective on the illness from neurologist, Prof. Peter Behan, who carried out groundbreaking studies on ME at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.

The stakes are high for the ME sufferers, Allison MacColl from Ness in Lewis, and Kim Ayres from Castle Douglas in Dumfriesshire. Both have suffered from ME for many years, and have had their lives turned upside down. Both were resigned to life with an illness which some doctors even now do not believe in. The ME Association, the charity which represents sufferers in the UK, is highly sceptical. Can Allison and Kim dare to hope?

Transmitted: Monday 30 January
Time: 9.00 – 10.00pm

Title: Eòrpa

Roddy Munro looks back through the Eorpa archive at stories that the team has covered on human rights issues.

Transmitted: Wednesday 1 February
Time: 8.30 – 9.00pm

Title: Gleusta

Gleusta is a fast, exciting studio game show in which two teams of youngsters go head to head in a battle of brains, wit and agility.

With the support of a special celebrity guest, the teams meet on the studio set of Gleusta and battle over five rounds of competition.

This week's programme features teams from Laxdale Primary School and Broadford Primary School, with special guests Kerry Ann MacLeod and Moira MacDonald. Gleusta is presented by Liz Pyper and Steven MacIver, directed by Michael Hines and produced for Sealladh by Morag Stewart.

Transmitted: Thursday 2 February
Time: 5.30 – 6.00pm

Title: Glasgow City FC

This week Anne Morrison joins Rachel at her graduation in Aberdeen and having made it to the last 32 of the Champions League, the girls face Iceland Champions Valur Reykjavik in Glasgow.

Transmitted: Thursday 2 February
Time: 8.30 – 9.00pm

Title: Partaig

The MacLeod clan are out and about the fortnightly Farmer's Market in the heart of Partick, trying foods from across Europe. With the FilmG award ceremony at Eden Court up in Inverness and the opening night of Aileen's pub where she has evening shifts brings a bit of glitz to some of the Partick residents this week.

Meanwhile, Donnie is with the lads down at Partick Bowling Club and Rev Murdo Angus is out and about visiting his Partick parishioners. Nan does a Gaelic class with a twist and Shona attends the GGs choir practice.

Transmitted: Thursday 2 February
Time: 10.00 – 10.30pm

Title: Alba 1984

Experience some of the stories hitting the headlines in 1984 through archive footage and the year's chart hits: the effects of the miners' strike are felt across the country, Robert Mugabe is honoured by Edinburgh University for his services to education in Africa and a steam train is introduced on the Fort William to Mallaig railway line in an attempt to attract more tourists to the Highlands. The year's chart hits include Prince's Purple Rain, Young at Heart from The Bluebells and Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas.

Transmitted: Friday 3 February
Time: 8.30 – 9.00pm