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Tourism guide dedicated to Baird

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1929 Baird-pic-wA NEW guide to TV programmes which have either been filmed in Scotland or have Scottish links has been dedicated to John Logie Baird.

Tourism body VisitScotland has dedicated its free book, TV Set in Scotland, to Baird to help mark the 130th anniversary of his birth, and it contains details of more than 60 programmes.

The inventor's son, Professor Malcolm Baird, president of Helensburgh Heritage Trust, said that he was delighted the guide was dedicated to his father.

He said: "Television will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2026 and I am currently in touch with an independent producer and an experienced screenwriter, both based in Scotland, about a possible film or TV series on the life of John Logie Baird. 

"If the project goes ahead, there will be no shortage of Scottish locations."

Professor Baird said these location could include Helensburgh, which he said had kept much of its character from the time his father lived there. 

He added: "Between 1906 and 1914 he studied at Glasgow's Royal Technical College, now the University of Strathclyde, where an historic plaque has been placed in the electrical engineering department. 

"A few blocks away, another plaque recalls his long-distance transmission of television in May 1927, from London to a room in the Central Hotel, now the Grand Central Hotel."

The programmes in the guide include the crime dramas Taggart, which is set in Glasgow, and Shetland, which has used various locations in the islands, including Lerwick and Fair Isle, Two Thousand Acres of Sky, a drama starring Michelle Collins filmed in Dumfries and Galloway, and Victoria, a historical drama which has included scenes shot at Blair Castle in Perthshire.

Culture and tourism secretary, Fiona Hyslop, said: "Scotland's scenery and built heritage, together with our diverse and rich culture have attracted countless filmmakers over the years. 

"I welcome this new guide which maps out the locations of some of the great television shows that have been filmed in Scotland, and will encourage TV fans of all ages to come and explore our fantastic on-screen locations in real life."

Last Updated ( Monday, 03 September 2018 10:30 )  

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2018-19 Open Meetings

MacKintosh Club logoA new programme of Winter Open Meetings begins at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday September 26 with a talk by Bruce Jamieson on developing the Mackintosh Club.

Winter Talks

Wednesday September 26 — Bruce Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club

Wednesday October 31 — AGM; then David Clark: How Helensburgh ended the Great War

Wednesday November 28 — Eric Thompson: Helensburgh and the Peace Movement

Wednesday January 30 — Trust members: brief talks on images of the past

Wednesday February 27 — Robert Ryan: Loch Lomond islands by canoe

Wednesday March 27 — Jon Reid: The Royal Northern Story


 Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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