This week saw the debut on BBC ALBA of Bannan, the channel’s first Gaelic drama which follows a young woman as she returns to the island of her birth after an eight year absence.
Filmed on Skye, the three-part series stars Debbie MacKay as Mairi MacDonald alongside a cast of Gaelic-speaking actors. Made by Young Films, the production company behind The Inbetweeners, Bannan was made on a tight budget with scripts written in Gaelic, which adds to the programme’s authenticity.
Action is kept to a minimum in the series, apart from a quad bike chase in episode one…
Former actor, Tony Kearney, took on directorial duties for Bannan, and planned to bring a new visual energy to the series that would mark it out as very different to anything else on BBC ALBA.
Actress Debbie MacKay is centre stage for much of the series and felt there was a gap in the BBC ALBA schedule for a Gaelic drama.
Bannan will be shown on BBC ALBA on Wednesday evenings for the next two weeks, with episodes available soon after on BBC iPlayer.