BBC Unveils star studded line-up for 2015 Edinburgh Festival.
An eclectic mix of great names, including Paul Merton, Joanne Harris, Jo Brand, Rory Bremner, The Proclaimers, Sylvie Guillem, Denise Mina, Imran Yusuf, Nish Kumar and Ian Rankin will star in the BBC’s wide-ranging output at the Edinburgh Festivals next month.
Most of the content will come from the BBC’s Festivals venue at Potterrow, where a host of acts will be on stage over three weeks from Friday 7 August, with more shows and events also taking place in other venues throughout the city.
BBC Scotland’s Head of Programmes and Services, Donalda MacKinnon, said she believes this year’s coverage should ensure that there is something for everyone, both in Edinburgh and for those listening and watching at home.
“The Edinburgh Festivals are always one of the highlights of my year and I’m delighted that the BBC plays its part in making it such a fantastic spectacle. I’m always amazed at the enormous range that our production teams from across the BBC offer in Edinburgh and our cast list this year really does educate, entertain and inform,” she said.
Highlights this year include The One Show and BBC Breakfast live from Potterrow and TV specials, Edinburgh Nights, with Kirsty Wark, and Sue Perkins’ Big Night Out, while of course Edinburgh wouldn’t be complete without The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Our digital teams have a raft of content available throughout next month curated under bbc.co.uk/edinburghfestivals and we’ll also have live streams produced in partnership with the Edinburgh International Festival and Book Festival featuring interviews with Sylvie Guillem, Juliette Binoche, Simon McBurney, Jesse Jackson, Val McDermid and Nicola Sturgeon and Liz Lochhead.
Radio will bring a wide variety of content including Simon Mayo’s Drivetime, the Radio 2 Arts and Saturday Breakfast shows, Jazz on 3, Late Junction, In Tune and World on 3 and the BBC SSO’s performance at the opening concert of the 2015 EIF, conducted by Donald Runnicles, will be broadcast at a later date.
Radio 4 and 4 Extra output includes Front Row, Saturday Review, Just a Minute, Loose Ends; 5 Live and 6 Music bring Afternoon Edition and Shaun Keaveny while the Asian Network will also be in town with their Big Comedy Night, the Nihal show and the Tommy Sandhu breakfast show.
And, of course, Radio Scotland are always at the heart of the Edinburgh action with Kaye Adams and Janice Forsyth broadcasting their daily programmes live along with Breaking the News, Vic Galloway, Jazz House and Travelling Folk.
“Edinburgh in August is the best place in the world to discover new artists, performers and entertainers. It’s a privilege for the BBC to bring our biggest and most extraordinary cultural festival to a wider audience,” said the BBC’s Director of Arts, Jonty Claypole.