Scotland from the Sky Series 2

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History Documentary hosted by James Crawford, published by BBC in 2019 - English narration

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In an exhilarating mix of aviation adventure and historical detective work, presenter James Crawford takes to the skies to explore Scotland's cities, coasts and countryside.

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Jamie focuses on Scotland's ten-thousand miles of coastline. He combines old aerial photographs with present-day drone and helicopter footage to uncover an array of amazing tales, from Shetland to Stranraer. On the island of Canna, Jamie scrambles down a cliff-face to uncover an ancient Christian building, and in the north east he takes a plunge in a fabulous outdoor swimming pool. The journey continues to Loch Ryan and traces of Britain's biggest seaplane base. Then on to the river Clyde and a ships' graveyard, discovered by aerial photography. In Shetland, the view from above sheds light on the construction of Scotland's ancient and mysterious brochs. Built by unknown hands for unknown reasons. In a bay near Wick, spectacular drone footage illustrates an unbelievable hidden harbour. Plus a unique view of Scotland's oldest company, and a night flight with the 'sky cops', on the hunt for illegal fishing.

[edit] Living off the Land

Jamie uses aerial images to discover how the Scots have lived off the land over the centuries. He combines old aerial photographs with present-day drone and helicopter footage to tell a range of amazing tales, from the delicious whisky of Islay to the fertile fields of the Lothians. The island of Staffa is world-famous for Fingal's Cave, but Jamie reveals that people have farmed this tiny and remote island for thousands of years. He lands by helicopter at the spectacular Iron Age hill fort Tap o' Noth near Aberdeen to find out that thousands of trees were burnt during its destruction. His journey continues to Fort Augustus, where Jamie mountain bikes down the hairpin bends of the highest road in Scotland. It's part of General Wade's road network constructed across the Highlands in the 1730s. Plus a unique view from the top of a Scots pine in the ancient Caledonian forest at Glen Affric – considered one of our county's most beautiful glens - to show what Scotland once looked like.

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Jamie uses remarkable aerial images to find out how the Scots have harnessed our precious natural resources to power the country's industry. He combines old aerial photographs with present-day drone and helicopter footage to tell a range of tales, from a remote loch near Ullapool to the Carron ironworks of Falkirk. From the air it is clear that island of Belnahua on the west coast of Scotland has been almost entirely hollowed out. For here was a thriving slate industry. The deep quarries are now flooded by the sea. It was not until more modern times that the central belt became the beating heart of industrial Scotland. Jamie meets a worker from Ravenscraig who talks about the harsh and dangerous working conditions they had to endure in one of the largest steel foundries in the world, and recalls the tragedy when Ravenscraig finally closed in 1992. Jamie travels to Shetland to follow in the footsteps of his dad who went there to work during the oil boom, to witness the Herculean task of dismantling an old oil platform. And once the oil runs out, a new industry will take its place – wind power.

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  • Video Codec: x265 CABAC Main@L4
  • Video Bitrate: CRF 22 (~2749Kbps)
  • Video Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frame Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC
  • Audio Bitrate: Q=0.45 VBR 48KHz (~128Kbps)
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 59 mins
  • Number Of Parts: 3
  • Part Size: 1.19 GB (average)
  • Source: HDTV
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