TV show puts fo­cus on Argyll

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE in Argyll and Bute are set to get a rare in­sight into how the coun­cil works in a BBC tele­vi­sion se­ries called The Coun­try Coun­cil.

The three-part se­ries fol­lows the work of coun­cil staff in Argyll and Bute as they work with vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in the com­mu­nity, com­plaints about bin col­lec­tions, road re­pairs and even bag­pipe teach­ing.

The first episode pro­vides a rare win­dow into the air­port at Con­nel, and a trav­el­ling mu­sic teacher vis­it­ing pupils on Mull. Episode three will see an as­pir­ing Oban DJ who has Down’s syn­drome play his first gig (see page four).

The show is nar­rated by Game of Thrones ac­tor, James Cosmo, whose ac­tor father James Copeland hailed from He­lens­burgh.

El­speth O’Hare, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer at Fire­cracker Films, said: ‘We filmed over months from late spring into the sum­mer and, as lo­cals will be well aware, we en­coun­tered just about ev­ery shade of weather but there was a lot of warmth from the lo­cal peo­ple and we hope that comes across in the se­ries.

‘Filmed across some of Scot­land’s most breath­tak­ing land­scapes, it un­cov­ers un­sung he­roes who travel hun­dreds of miles daily to bring care to their clients, is­land staff who work not one but some­times six dif­fer­ent coun­cil jobs and the amaz­ing front­line work­ers sup­port­ing fam­i­lies in cri­sis.

Episode one will air on BBC One Scot­land on Thursday Oc­to­ber 19 at 9pm.

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