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Frankie Boyle's Tour Of Scotland

BBC Two factual / stand-up tour with Frankie Boyle. 4 episodes (1 series) in 2020. Features Frankie Boyle.

Episode 3 is repeated on BBC Scotland on Thursday at 10pm.

Frankie Boyle's Tour Of Scotland. Image shows from L to R: Val McDermid, Frankie Boyle.

Series 1, Episode 2 - Edinburgh To Aberdeen

Frankie travels from Edinburgh to Aberdeen to explore language. He meets a famous crime writer, joins a language lesson in a jail and learns how to be offensive in sign language.

Further details

In this episode, Frankie Boyle travels from Edinburgh to Aberdeen and explores Scotland's complicated relationship with language. In Edinburgh, he joins the crowds of the Fringe and goes to see a one-man show by the author of the critically acclaimed book The Poverty Safari, by Darren McGarvey. They discuss how language shapes who we are, how it can be used to exclude working class people from important debates and consider how best to climb down from high walls.

Frankie also wants to find out why crime fiction has become such a literary phenomenon in Scotland. In a bar in Edinburgh's affluent district of Morningside, Frankie meets best-selling author Val McDermid, finds out about the origins of Tartan Noir and learns her secret to creating realistic characters and dialogue.

Travelling north, Frankie stays the night in a hotel that has links to the creation of one of the most famous literary characters in the world - Dracula. Similarly inspired, Frankie gives his own unique theory on what might have inspired Bram Stoker to create the famous vampire.

The next morning, Frankie goes to jail. In Grampian Prison, he visits the education wing, where he joins a class of prisoners who are all learning about the Scots language. He finds out why different dialects and words have gone in and out of fashion and works with the prisoners on a script in Scots. Frankie also finds out from Scots language expert Alistair Heather why Scots is experiencing a renaissance.

Ahead of his stand-up show in Aberdeen, Frankie meets up with sign language interpreter Catherine King. Catherine interprets stand-up shows for the deaf community. She talks to Frankie about how she works on stage and interprets his sometimes shocking stand-up. Frankie then takes to the stage with Catherine.

Broadcast details

Friday 14th February 2020
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Frankie Boyle Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Darren McGarvey Self
Val McDermid Self
Alistair Heather Self
Catherine King Self
Writing team
Frankie Boyle Writer
Steven Dick Writer (Additional Material)
Charlie Skelton Writer (Additional Material)
Aiden Spackman Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Graeme Hart Series Director
Graeme Hart Series Producer
Mick McAvoy Executive Producer
Nicky Waltham Executive Producer
Hamish Fergusson Executive Producer
Craig Muir Editor
Giles Lamb Composer


Crime fiction in Scotland

Frankie Boyle travels to Morningside in Edinburgh to meet crime writer Val McDermid, discussing crime writing in Scotland.

Featuring: Frankie Boyle, Val McDermid.


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