It seems like every other week brings us a new way of buying and streaming films and TV series, each one snapping at the heels of Netflix and Amazon Prime.
One of the most recent arrivals on the scene is the BBC Store, a repository of 100s of TV episodes that can be bought and viewed on mobiles, tablets, PCs or Macs. Some of them are rarer than others, meaning you can’t find them on DVD and they’re hardly ever repeated.
To save you searching for your favourite Scottish shows on the BBC Store, here’s a list of seven series worth spending your time and cash on.
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It’s (probably) a fact that everyone loves David Tennant, something the BBC Store is capitalising upon by featuring a number of his dramas. Single Father dates from 2010 and stars Tennant as Dave, a Glasgow photographer whose wife (Laura Fraser) dies, leaving him to care for his young children on his own. It’s an enjoyable series that doesn’t outstay its welcome, with an appearance from Suranne Jones to look out for.
You can read what Laura Fraser had to say about Single Father in an interview I carried out with her back in 2010.
Four episodes, £3.99 – buy the show
The Tales of Para Handy
Like the classic 1960s BBC comedy The Vital Spark, 1994’s The Tales of Para Handy was based on Neil Munro’s series of short stories featuring the crew of the Clyde puffer, The Vital Spark. This version stars Gregor Fisher as Para, Rikki Fulton as MacPhail and Sean Scanlan as Dougie and is more of a gentle comedy drama than the ’60s version. Unavailable on DVD, this is well worth a watch.
Series 1 (£9.99), Series 2 (£4.99) – buy the show
Peter Capaldi in Doctor Who
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Sadly there’s not much Capaldi on the Store yet, but for Doctor Who fans there is a chance to watch the complete Series 8 and 9, featuring The Twelfth Doctor taking on Daleks, Missy and a Mummy on the Orient Express. Hopefully more Capaldi will be forthcoming – The Crow Road anyone?
Series 8 (£19.99) – Series 9, £21.99 – buy the show
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Unless you’re an avid viewer of CBeebies you might have missed this series based on the book by Mairi Hedderwick and set on the fictional Isle of Struay. Cherry Campbell stars as Katie Morag, while the likes of Barbara Rafferty (Rab C Nesbitt), Greg Hemphill and Sean Scanlan also pop-up.
Series 1 (unavailable), Series 2 (12.99) – buy the show
See also: Photo Gallery: Katie Morag on CBeebies
Rollermania: Britain’s Biggest Boy Band
Dig out your tartan shirts and sing Shang-A-lang! First broadcast in 2015, this BBC Scotland documentary looks at the Bay City Rollers phenomenon of the 1970s, featuring interviews with the lads themselves and their fans. It’s a fun bout of nostalgia tying into their new tour.
One episode, £1.89 – buy the show
Sean Connery: In His Own Words
Shown to mark Big Tam’s 85th birthday in 2015 and narrated by John Sessions, this hour-long documentary features snippets from archive interviews with Connery alongside soundbites from his celebrity fans, including Terry Gilliam and Robert Carlyle. There are also clips from some of his best performances, including the fantastic The Hill (above).
One episode, £1.89 – buy the show
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Get the tunes oan! Although this BBC Scotland comedy has had two series on BBC One Scotland, it still feels like it’s under the radar of many viewers. There’s much to enjoy about this sketch show following the tribulations of the Unified Scottish Police Force, starring Jack Docherty (Absolutely) as Chief Constable Cameron Miekelson, Grado as PC Hugh McKirdy and Jordan Young as PC Jack McLaren.
Series 2, £6.99 – buy the show
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