News round-up: Film studio progress, VideoGaiden returns, Outlander trailer and new BBC drama

Jonathan Melville 21 March, 2016 0

It’s been a while since I rounded-up the various news items that have appeared online in the preceding few weeks, but today seemed as good as any.

So here you’ll find the latest word on the Scottish film industry, Outlander, VideoGaiden and a few other bits and pieces…

Scottish film studio edges closer

Plans for a Scottish film studio could be a step closer with news that the Scottish Government are keen to see the expansion of Wardpark Studios in Cumbernauld. According to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, “a planning application for extensive development of facilities was submitted to North Lanarkshire Council on the 11th of March and we hope and expect that the new studio will be operational no later than the end of 2017.”

Rillington Place films in Scotland

BBC One drama Rillington Place, starring Tim Roth as John Christie and Samantha Morton as his wife, Ethel, is now filming in Dunbarton. Based on the real-life murder case which saw a man wrongfully hanged, the story was previously filmed as 10 Rillington Place in 1971 and starred Richard Attenborough as Christie.

VideoGaiden returns

Cult BBC Scotland games magazine programme, VideoGaiden, has returned to the channel (well, its YouTube channel) with original hosts Rab Florence and Ryan Macleod. The Guardian has more on the low-key version of the series that was last seen in 2007.

Highlander turns 30

March 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the classic Scottish-set fantasy drama, Highlander. The date was marked with numerous online celebrations, including these on WOW247 and Blastr.

Film festival favourite may never be screened in Scotland

Although I listed Lou McLoughlan’s 16 Years Till Summer as one of the 7 new Scottish films to look out for in 2016, it seems it may not be seen by anyone in Scotland outside its Glasgow Film Festival audience. Despite being screened in 14 countries, the director explained to Common Space that no UK broadcaster or distributor has been found.

Film contributing to Scotland’s growth

Scotland’s tourism growth is outperforming that of the rest of the UK according to new figures, with the country seeing a rise in visitor numbers of 5.5%. A growing film industry is also said to have contributed to the economy, with fans of series such as Outlander helping to boost hotel occupancy rates.

Outlander Series 2 trailer

Speaking of Outlander, the hit TV series returns to US screens on April 9, meaning there’s a new trailer online for fans to enjoy. The show will be available to UK viewers on Amazon Prime the next day, on April 10, when viewers will once more marvel at the range of accents purporting to be Scottish…

Merida enjoys St Patrick’s Day

Speaking of fantasy versions of Scotland, actress Amy Manson has posted an Instagram update that shows the star of Pixar’s Brave is all grown up. For those not in the know, Brave‘s Merida is featured in the US TV series Once Upon a Time, now portrayed by Manson. The actor celebrated St Patrick’s Day with an in-costume snap taken on the set of the programme.

Related: ‘She just breezes through life’: Amy Manson on Young James Herriot

Charles Endell, Esquire DVD cancelled

Finally, despite originally announcing the DVD release of 1970s STV drama, Charles Endell, Esquire, on this site a few weeks back, I’ve updated the story with the news that the title is now not coming to home video. Instead, Go Entertain have made it available via digital download for the extortionate £4.99 an episode. Let them know via Facebook what you think of that genius idea.

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