New chap­ter in Raploch sto­ries

Stirling Observer - - PRIMARY ONES - Chris Marzella

A fol­low-up has been made to a TV doc­u­men­tary based on Raploch 15 years ago.

Film-mak­ers re­turned to the hous­ing scheme to find out what had hap­pened over that pe­riod to the peo­ple who fea­tured in the orig­i­nal pro­gramme ‘Raploch Sto­ries’.

Af­ter spend­ing 2002 on the es­tate the film crew pro­duced a se­ries of six half-hour doc­u­men­taries which chron­i­cled the lives of a num­ber of res­i­dents.

The doc­u­men­tary mak­ers went back five years later to see how the res­i­dents were do­ing and now, 15 years af­ter the orig­i­nal visit, they have re­turned to hear how time has treated Raploch’s res­i­dents with a spe­cial one-off episode.

Film-maker Dou­glas Camp­bell said:“At the time of‘Raploch Sto­ries’the area had a tough rep­u­ta­tion and the se­ries fo­cused mainly on chil­dren and young peo­ple who were try­ing to build a fu­ture for them­selves, of­ten in chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances.

“Phys­i­cally the area has been trans­formed, with a new com­mu­nity cam­pus for both lo­cal pri­mary schools pro­vid­ing a valu­able fo­cal point, but many chal­lenges for the res­i­dents re­main.

“The for­tunes of sev­eral of the young­sters who were in­ter­viewed first time round have also been chang­ing.”

The one-off episode will give an up­date on Raploch res­i­dents Kim­ber­ley and Su­san Torrance, Ash­ley Cameron, Steven McGowan and his chil­dren Jerry-Lee and Dy­lan, Archie Wil­son and for­mer pri­mary school head­teacher Anne Stew­art OBE.

The doc­u­men­tary‘Raploch: Where Are They Now?’airs on BBC Two Scot­land at 9pm on Mon­day.

15 years on Ash­ley Cameron fea­tures in the fol­low-up

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