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Tartan Pride

Tartan Pride, a factual entertainment documentary film about the historical, emotional and cultural impact of the Scotland v England football fixture was premiered at the GFT cinema in Glasgow on the 22nd of December 2014.
On the 18th of November 2014 the world’s oldest international football fixture was revived when the Scottish national side faced England in a friendly football match, the first to be played in Scotland in fifteen years! Once an ever-present of the football season, the annual Scotland-England showdown was first staged at Hamilton Crescent cricket ground in Glasgow in 1872. Tartan Pride captures the rebirth of the fixture and celebrates the event’s social significance by revisiting its comprehensive history. Our latest factual entertainment film for BBC ALBA delivers an exclusive and distinctive factual entertainment documentary comprising a mix of access with the Scottish national squad, first-hand testimony from former players, all beautifully illustrated with match archive and drama that captures more than 100 years on the march with Scotland’s Tartan Army…

The film, presented by football broadcaster Alex O’Henley, documents the rich testimony of celebrated individuals such as Denis Law, Tommy Docherty, Gordon Strachan, Gordon McQueen, Joe Jordan, John Robertson and John Collins as well as delving into the memories of the England side that played against some of our legendary Scots. We hear from Kevin Keegan and Terry Butcher and from celebrated academics and broadcasters.

The film also incorporates drama sequences, illustrating the earlier historical components, and showcases match footage from as early as the 1928 Wembley Wizards to the Scotland team that beat the 1966 English world champions.

This is a film that celebrates and excites, recounting the social history of people and place, the Tartan Pride narrative illustrated with archive that charts the journey of change across generations. Scottish national fixtures pull fans together, Tartan Pride will draw the BBC ALBA viewers in the same direction with local rivalries cast aside for 90 song-fuelled, colourful minutes.

The ‘Auld Enemy’ fixture gathers the country as a whole to the edge of its seat, non-football fans supporting the game in honour of the nation of Scotland. Over the course of the film we examine why this particular fixture was traditionally so emotionally, culturally and historically significant and in the year of the Referendum, we’ll be questioning whether it can see yer likes again.

Why not check out our Facebook page for an insight into some of the people we have been speaking to on the journey so far: https://www.facebook.com/purpletelevision

13 October 2014 17:48

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