Producers looked for the most beautiful locations the length and breath of the country.
Robson Green, the star of Soldier, Soldier, ecclesiastical crime drama, Grantchester,
as well as the Extreme Fishing programme frontman, travelled about islands last summer
to record an episode of Tales from the Coast focused on the Outer Hebrides.
Robson said: “I’m about to immerse myself in the Hebridean way of life, on a coastline
frequently battered and bruised by the wild and unpredictable Atlantic Ocean and
its challenging climate.”
With mixed results he tries his hand at weaving Harris Tweed at the blackhouse village
of Gearrannan in Carloway.
He also goes snorkelling for sugar kelp, used to flavour local gin.
Robson said: “The Highlands and islands of Scotland are famous for their whisky,
but now gin is enjoying a revival…it takes only a teaspoon of sea kelp to flavour
dozens of bottles of gin.”
Whilst on the island, Robson also encounters Britain’s largest bird of prey, the
white-tailed Sea Eagle, with an impressive eight-foot wingspan.
He said: “The likelihood of seeing a white-tailed Sea Eagle wasn’t in our favour…and
then out of nowhere he appeared, silent, graceful, swooped down and in one beautiful
ballet-like movement, and deadly at the same time, just picked the fish out of the
water and took off…amazing.”
In Carinish, Robson hopes to learn more about life on the islands of Uist and Benbecula
by spending a night in a thatched cottage.
Long stretches of beaches also feature in the show - he wild camps at Luskentyre
and visits Barra airport.
Reflecting on his time in the Outer Hebrides, Robson said: “Like the weather here,
the Hebridean coast is unpredictable and challenging. But it’s also dramatic, spectacular
and constantly changing.”
The hour long show is broadcast on STV at 8pm on Tuesday.
Robson Green on Hebridean adventures
14 February 2017
TV star Robson Green presents a programme about the Western Isles on prime time television
across the UK tonight.
The show for ITV and STV examines "interesting" aspects of coastal communities.