BBC ALBA – St Kilda to Cameroon

The next ten days or so on BBC ALBA  takes us from St Kilda to Cameroon.

The St Kilda gig is tonight [2nd December], with a drama documentary on life on the far St Kilda archipelago – Am Posadh Hiortach – prior to the 1930 evacuation that saw many of them become, almost surreally, forestry workers at Lochaline in Morvern. This airs from 22.00 – 23.00.

On Wednesday 12th December [from 21.00-21.55] Soillse: Pàirce Boubandjida takes us to Boubanjida, a national park created in the 1960s in northern Cameroon – a paradise of 220,000 acres for antelopes, primates, wildcats and elephants… but it’s an endangered paradise. Neglected for years, the park is being reborn thanks to the work of Paul Bour and his team. With the collaboration of the Park’s manager and its inhabitants, supervision is reinforced more and more each day. The awareness of the nearby village inhabitants is increasing and the concept of ‘nature protection’ is starting to be understood.

In between these goalposts there is a lot of music, from a Runrig concert going out tonight after the St Kildaq documentary; to two sittings of Ceilidh @ Blas – Blas Music Festival 2012; to Dolina, a feature on folk icon, Dolina MacLennan, on 6th December from 21.00-22.00; and to the Na Trads 2012 0 Scottish Traditional Music Awards 2012, on its 10th anniversary on Saturday 8th December from 21.00–23.00.

Along with these is the hugely evocative programme we published on earlier in the week, Trusadh – The land raiders, Strì an Fhearainn, exploring the history behind the four landmark monuments which commemorate key land struggle events in Lewis. The last of these monuments is a stunning new landmark sculpture, Sùileachan, an innovative community project in Uig, to the memory of the struggle of past generations against evictions and repossessions  – and of those who took direct action – the Reef Raiders. This goes out on Monday 3rd December from 21.00–22.00.

Also on Monday night is a gem of a programme -  Aonghas Padraig Caimbeul – Meas air Chrannaibh / Angus Peter Campbell. Journalist, novelist, actor and poet, Angus Peter Campbell discusses his life and his work in a frank and open interview with Father Colin MacInnes. This starts with Angus Peter’s roots in South Uist, follows his early success as a journalist at Grampian TV, confronts his turbulent years battling alcohol addiction, and arrives in the haven of  his success as a novelist, actor and poet. With performances from Mary Ann Kennedy, Michael Marra, Cathy MacDonald and AL Kennedy, this is a celebration of modern Gaelic writing and a treat not to be missed. It airs on Monday 3rd December from 22:30–23.30.

This is no more than random browsing amongst the programmes coming out on BBC ALBA over the next ten days – there is even more music, there are two editions of the award winning European culture and politics show, Eorpa.

And – yes – some of the football in what is rapidly establishing itself as a Scottish sports channel of choice. So this, along with two editions of Air An Rathad / On the Road, with loads of burning rubber, should make sure boys and their toys are assured of a secure place in the BBC ALBA schedules.

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