Written by Louise MacGregor
Scottish television isn’t something we often consider as a solo entity. Sure, we get TV shows set in Scotland, and we’re even got an openly Scottish Doctor Who, but often they come under the banner of broader British (and specifically BBC programming).
And there’s nothing wrong with that.
But Scottish TV from the fifties to the eighties reflected a massive, mercurial struggle between the tartanised version of Scotland that had been popularised to non-Scottish people, and attempts to depict Scotland as it really was - a sometimes flawed but ultimately fascinating look at a country that was evolving along with the rest of the UK.
So, first off, what do I mean by tartanised television?