In Gary Goes to Hollywood, Gary McLintoch, Tank Commander, proud Scot, showbiz personality and now documentary film-maker, is off to Hollywood to meet the Scots who have left Scotland behind for the bright lights of Los Angeles. He’s determined to find out why they have moved away from home and what they feel about the country they left behind.
Gary meets a host of fellow Scots who have relocated to seek fame and fortune in LA. He explores the ups and downs of life in Tinseltown, what these people love about their new home, what they miss about Scotland and what sacrifices they have made to create a life in America. Gary meets with Guardians of the Galaxy and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’s Karen Gillan and quizzes her about the movies, fame and leaving Scotland. He chats to Aberdonian magician Stuart MacLeod, one half of the successful magical duo Barry and Stuart, strikes poses with Invershnekie’s yoga practitioner Mark Guibarelli, and hangs out at home with Ross King.
Thousands of black soldiers fought in the First World War. Poet Jackie Kay tells the story of one of them – Arthur Roberts. Arthur grew up in Glasgow and joined the King’s Own Scottish Borderers in 1917. He fought at Ypres and kept a detailed diary, which gives us a unique account of the war. Arthur’s evocative writing and sketches paint a vivid first-hand picture of life in the trenches. Like Arthur, Jackie Kay is a black Glaswegian, and she explores what it was like being black 100 years ago.
Stacey Dooley travels the world to uncover the hidden costs of the addiction to fast fashion. She sees for herself how toxic chemicals released by the garment industry pollute waterways that millions of people rely on. She witnesses the former Aral Sea, once one of the largest bodies of fresh water, now reduced almost entirely to dust.
These are shocking discoveries likely to make you think twice about whether you really need those new clothes.
It is 1918 and the end of WWI. Millions have died, and the world is exhausted by war. But soon a new horror is sweeping the world, a terrifying virus that will kill more than fifty million people – the Spanish flu. Using dramatic reconstruction and eyewitness testimony from doctors, soldiers, civilians and politicians, this one-off special brings to life the onslaught of the disease, the horrors of those who lived through it and the efforts of the pioneering scientists desperately looking for the cure.
Narrated by Christopher Eccleston, the film also asks whether, a century later, the lessons learnt in 1918 might help us fight a future global flu pandemic.