Over the last six months we have been making a three part series called "Scotch! The Story of Whisky" for BBC Scotland. The 3 x 1 hour series looks at the history of Whisky from illicit stills in the 18th century to the colossus of Multinational Companies now selling Scotland’s greatest gift, all around the World.
Fronted by whisky-loving actor and enthusiast David Hayman, we travelled, literally, across the world. From Tomatin to Tokyo, and Harris to Hobart. Calling in at Speyside, Islay and the Central Belt of Scotland on our way.
It was a great journey. We all learned a lot about this extraordinary industry, and the drink that has placed Scotland on the map all over the World. As a cultural and economic icon it is unsurpassed in its respresentation of who we are as a country, and a culture.
It was a hard job but some tasting was necessary to actually understand what we were dealing with! On a personal level I fell in love with Nikka “straight from the cask” blend and was shocked and delighted to be served Nikka and soda already mixed, from a draught tap in a bar in Japan.
No livers were harmed in the making of the programme!
Hope you enjoy it.
October 11th BBC 2 Scotland 21:00 hrs, for three weeks.
Don Coutts Director
Move On Up is an award-winning production company with a big heart.
Over the years our activities have ranged from making a Feature Film & some Television Dramas to Music Concerts and Docs, Factual Docs and Factual Entertainment , to Children's TV, and finally to Community Videos and Teaching.
Company Directors, Don Coutts and Lindy Cameron are highly experienced TV practitioners and formed the company together in 1994 .
Move on Up is based in the unique and vibrant Highland town of Cromarty and as someone we interviewed once quipped "Cromarty? It's a big dog in a small dog's body." The company is consistantly productive, proficient across genres and still cares very much about craft, and about the people it works with.
Coutts needs to do his memoirs. After a stint at Anglia as a Film Editor he began directing for the BBC Community Programme Unit, he then ran a London Indie in the early days of Channel Four, among his recollections was once, when working on Grapevine a "youth programme" he called up the Slits and asked them to do a cover of the Marvyn Gaye Song in tribute to the name of the show. They agreed, came along and gave an unforgettable rendition. The rest is history! After moving home to Scotland he formerly co-ran , with business partner Stuart Cosgrove, one of the first major indies in Scotland, the wryly named Big Star in a Wee Picture.
Cameron came to the industry via the Scottish Film Training Trust , was an Assistant Film Editor, and as an editor worked on such seminal programmes as Halfway to Paradise and A Short Film about Chilling. She and Coutts formed Move on Up and moved back to their Highland heartland in 1994 . Since then she has produced and edited and Coutts has produced and directed and they have produced hours of broadcast television in Documentary, Music, Drama and Children's, for BBC Scotland BBC 2, CBeebies, Channel Four, ITV and BBC 4. They have also made a feature film , the award winning American Cousins.
Their most recent production Katie Morag Series' 1 and 2 has so far won 9 awards, including A US Peabody ( once dubbed the "Pulizer Prize for Broadcasting") 3 Baftas , a Scottish Bafta and a Kidscreen award.
Coutts recently won the Best Director Award at the 2015 Scottish Baftas.
Coutts and Cameron also work as director and editor respectively on a wide range of projects for other production companies and broadcasters.
For more information about Katie Morag take a wee donder over to www.katiemorag.com
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