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Martin Compston to do BBC travel show exploring ‘what makes modern Scotland tick’

Martin Compston to do BBC travel show exploring 'what makes modern Scotland tick'

The actor will team up with a friend of his, TV presenter Phil MacHugh, to host the six-part show Scottish Fling.

Commissioned for BBC Two and the iPlayer, it will see the duo embark on a journey “to show what makes modern Scotland tick”.

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The show, which is made for the BBC by Scottish production company Tern Television, was commissioned by BBC Scotland following the huge success of Men in Kilts, a travel show that follows the stars of Outlander Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish in Scotland.

Previous shows produced by Tern Television include Scotland’s Sacred Isles with Ben Fogle, Grand Tours of Scottish Lochs and Inside the Zoo, which went behind the scenes at Edinburgh Zoo and its sister site, Highland Wildlife Park, in Kingussie.

Scottish Fling will see Compston and MacHugh, who has previously presented programs for BBC ALBA, meet “the people and places that are shaping the future of one of the greatest little countries in the world today”.

An official announcement on Scottish Fling said: “The boys will travel every corner of the country, from stunning wild landscapes to thriving cities.

Martin Compston will travel to Scotland for the new BBC Two series Scottish Fling.

“Across six episodes, they’ll go beyond the beaten path to immerse themselves in the most exciting experiences their country has to offer, meeting a diverse and surprising mix of locals – plus the odd celebrity friend.

“Pushed out of their comfort zone, Martin and Phil will experience their homeland at its best and to the extreme. With their real-life relationship guaranteeing genuine, unfiltered laughter, the couple will bring a fresh and uplifting perspective to contemporary Scottish culture.

Compston said: “I’ve traveled all over the country for work and leisure, but this is the first time I’ve met real modern Scots on camera, sharing their thoughts and passions.

“We’re excited to get stuck in and experience the best that Scotland has to offer in the 21st century.”

TV presenter Phil MacHugh will film Scottish Fling with his friend Martin Compston this year.

MacHugh said: “Scotland has so much to offer the world and as a modern Scot I am delighted to join my friend Martin in showcasing the best of our culture, language and spirit in this brand new series. .

“It will be great fun and full of surprises.”

Louise Thornton, Head of Commissioning at BBC Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be working with Martin Compston on this new series and allowing viewers to see another side to one of the world’s finest acting talents. country as he and his friend Phil take a dip in contemporary Scotland.

“This is a truly exciting project, developed by Tern TV and BBC Scotland, in partnership with BBC Two as part of our continued commitment to more nations and networked co-production.”

David Marshall, head of entertainment at Tern Television, said: “Marrying top UK talent with their passions is a Tern sweet spot. Martin is a member of royalty in Scotland and a passionate patriot, so who better to take viewers on an entertaining journey.

“But this series isn’t just a leisurely tour of familiar sights. It’s a visceral, experiential journey, pitting hilarious moments and compelling revelations against universal themes of identity, friendship and social good.