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Alan explores the Outer Hebrides

Press Release   •   Feb 08, 2017 11:53 GMT

Alan Cumming exploring the Outer Hebrides

Acclaimed Scottish actor Alan Cumming will explore the Outer Hebrides in a stunning one hour documentary on STV.

Alan Cumming's Edge of Scotland, broadcast on Friday 17 February at 9pm, sees much loved television and Broadway star Alan (X-Men, The Good Wife) fulfil a lifelong ambition to embark on his own personal journey exploring the Outer Hebrides.

Setting off on a scenic journey to discover the spirit of Scotland among the rugged beauty of the Outer Hebrides, Alan travels from Barra in the south to Stornoway, taking in stops at Eriskay and Callanish to visit islanders and local businesses along the way and discover how they make a living in this beautiful but harsh environment.

The actor explores the ancient mystery of a standing stone circle older than Stonehenge, finds out about the real story behind Whisky Galore and plays football on one of the world's most unique football pitches.

Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said: “Alan’s TV career started on STV with appearances on Taggart and Take the High Road and it's fantastic to see him back on the channel with this insightful documentary. I think viewers will love being part of his much anticipated journey to one of the most stunning parts of our country.”

The programme is sponsored by VisitScotland.

Helen Campbell, Head of Global Brand at VisitScotland, said: “From landing on the beach at Barra to walking among the Callanish Stones on Lewis, a trip to the Outer Hebrides offers some of the most breath-taking experiences on the planet. With his own unique take on the islands, Alan Cumming will bring the spirit of the Outer Hebrides to life.”

A version of the documentary will also air on NBC in America.

For further information, please contact the STV press office:-

Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143

Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830

Notes to Editors

About STV

STV is Scotland’s leading digital media brand, providing consumers with quality content on air, online and on demand. 

STV’s broadcast channel reaches 3.5 million viewers each month with first class programming including soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street, big drama productions, entertainment hits

The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, strong home-grown productions and the most comprehensive local news service in the UK.

STV also delivers city TV for Scotland’s largest cities. STV Glasgow launched in June 2014 and STV Edinburgh launched in January 2015. Both channels are available on Freeview channel 8, Sky channel 117 and Virgin channel 159 and, combined, reach 850,000 viewers each month making them one of the top 30 best watched commercial channels in the broadcast area.

STV Productions is one of the UK’s leading content businesses, with ambitious plans for domestic and international growth. The company has a record of success across a range of genres including drama, factual and entertainment, producing a wide range of programmes for a variety of networks, including entertainment show Catchphrase for ITV, ratings success Antiques Road Trip for BBC One, Safeword for ITV2 and documentaries such as Dunblane:

Our Story for BBC2 and The Queen Mary: Greatest Ocean Liner, a documentary for BBC Scotland, BBC Four and Smithsonian Channel. 

STV’s digital business incorporates Scotland’s most popular commercial media website,, and includes an enhanced digital news app serving consumers local, national and international news as well as features, sport and weather in one place. The STV Player offers consumers within STV’s licence areas in Scotland the opportunity to enjoy programmes live or on catch-up.

STV content is available across platforms including iOS, Android, Windows 8, YouView and Samsung Smart TV.