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Whas Like Us

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Sanjeev Kohli takes a humorous look at how films have shown Scots, the Scots character and stereotypes, celebrating some of our most memorable onscreen moments.

Are we really as mean, parochial and up for a fight as the movies often make us out to be? Sanjeev examines which Scottish stereotypes have a whiff of truth and which ones should be fed to the Loch Ness Monster. Packed with great film clips from both famous classics and lesser-known cult gems, the programme features contributions from an impressive supporting cast list, including actors Kate Dickie, Clare Grogan, Gary Lewis, Denis Lawson, Alex Norton and Tam Dean Burn.

From popular adaptations of Kidnapped and Rob Roy to war dramas such as The Great Escape, from the wily islanders of Whisky Galore to the dark urban humour of films such as Shallow Grave, we look at what stories these films have told the world about us, and what these characters can teach us about ourselves. We eavesdrop on tourists taking in the sights with an Outlander tour, drawn to visit Scotland through our most expensive ever drama production, and we celebrate an unexpected staple of Scottish cinema: Scottish men crying.

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