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purpleTV Director Margot McCuaig

Margot McCuaig


purpleTV Director Margot is the writer, producer and director of "Jock Stein", a film celebrating the life of one of the most successful figures in Scottish football. The film was broadcast on BBC ALBA on the 9th of June 2014 and subsequently won the RTS Scotland award for best sport programme.  
She is also the writer, and Producer / Director, of our popular factual entertainment film for BBC ALBA, Gothenburg '83. The film was nominated by RTS Scotland in the best sport programme category. She is also the writer, and Producer / Director of a documentary on the history of women's football in Scotland. Honeyballers was transmitted in September 2013.
Also in 2014 she Produced, Directed and wrote a factual entertainment film, Tartan Pride, about the emotional, cultural and historical impact of the Scotland v England football fixture. It was broadcast on BBC ALBA on the 1st of January 2015 and was nominated for Best Sport Programme by RTS Scotland in 2016.
She recently wrote, Produced and Directed a film about  the life of Jim Baxter, the iconic Scottish footballer who tragically died in 2001. It was broadcast on television in September 2015 following a preview screening at the GFT in Glasgow. The film won the RTS Scotland Award for Best Sport Programme in 2016.
The Famous Five, a factual entertainment documentary about the revered Hibernian FC forward-line of the 1950s, was written, Produced and Directed by Margot and broadcast in January 2016 following a premiere screening at the Dominion Theatre in Edinburgh.
She recently wrote, produced and directed a feature-length documentary film about the legendary Scottish footballer, Jimmy Johnstone, who died in 2006, six years after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease. The film was premiered at the IMAX Glasgow and broadcast on BBC ALBA in September 2016. It was nominated for a Bronze Torc for Excellence at the Celtic Media Festival in 2017.
It's been thirty years since Dundee United, against the odds, made it to the UEFA Cup final.  Tannadice 87, a factual documentary film, charts this phenomenal season told via the testimony of those closely involved. It transmitted on BBC ALBA in May 2017 and was premiered at the DCA in Dundee.  Margot is the writer, producer and director. 
Margot's latest film is 'Third Lanark', a moving story about the rise and fall of a Scottish cultural institution and how impacted on its local community. It was premiered at the GFT on the 16th of January 2018, and broadcast on BBC ALBA on the 27th.  
Margot was Managing Director of Scottish independent producer mneTV from 2009 to 2017.
She is a member of the Scottish Government Working Group on Women in Scottish Sport.
Margot’s debut novel The Birds That Never Flew was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize and longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2014. She is on the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature database. 

She is a Mentor for the hugely successful Womentoring Project, a project offering free mentoring by professional literary women to talented up and coming female writers who would otherwise find it difficult to access similar opportunities.

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