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WITH the autumn upon us, BBC Radio Shetland is getting ready for another season of late programmes.

Claire White is hosting a new show described as a “monthly hour of chat and tunes”.

The station says listeners are in for a “real treat” this winter with a wide range of new programmes and new voices on the airwaves. 

Claire White and friends are along with a “lichtsome” monthly hour of chat and tunes with aert-kent Shetlanders.

Her new show will kick off the winter schedule on Monday evening (5 October).

The popular Bide At Hame quiz which ran for eighteen weeks during lockdown is back every month, while Islesburgh Drama Group perform an original radio play capturing the mood in Shetland at the height of lockdown.

Adam Guest puts on his wetsuit and tries out wild swimming, while his colleague Daniel Bennett takes will go on a journey on uninhabited islands around Shetland like South Havra and Hildasay.

Mary Blance will be back on the airwaves with her books programme.

Davie Gardner, meanwhile, will meet up with former soldier Chris Lewis who spent many months walking around the coastline of Shetland for charity.

Another new late programme, Lay of the Land, will start this winter.

It includes walks with writers and musicians through the Shetland landscapes that have inspired them – with performances of music and poetry outdoors.

In the first few episodes, Jen Stout interviews poet Sheenagh Pugh as they walk through the Quarff valley, wanders with musician Jenny Sturgeon round the Levenwick coastline, and joins poet Roseanne Watt on the trail of a healing well in foggy Unst.

Daniel Lawson will also look back at the life, times, achievements and character of Sir Robert Stout, a lesser known Shetland emigrant who left the isles as a young man and went on to become prime minister of New Zealand.

Radio Shetland stalwart Mary Blance, meanwhile, is back with the popular books programme featuring writers young and old. Jane Moncrieff also returns with 60 Minutes.

The Radio Shetland team – back from, left to right: Daniel Bennett, John Johnston, Daniel Lawson. Front row, from left to right: Jen Stout, Adam Guest.

Music fans will also get their fill this winter; Barbara Cheyne is along with Fae Hameaboot, Jimmy Carlyle hosts Shades of Blue and Jim Pearson and Sheila Manson are back with Wir Kinda Country.

Jeff Merrifield and Joy Duncan also return with Jazz and World Sounds, while Alan Gifford and Cecil Hughson will be along with their guests showcasing the best of Shetland traditional music in Catgut and Ivory.

Gary Peterson is back with Oota Da Cans and Neil Robertson will be playing some of his favourite eighties music.

Eunice Henderson and Adam Guest will be whetting the appetite once again with Shetland’s Larder, while topical discussion programme Speakeasy and Radio Shetland’s health programme will return too.

BBC Shetland senior producer John Johnston said: “We’re all delighted to be back with so many new programmes as well as the old favourites to offer our listeners through the winter months.”

The late programmes will broadcast every weeknight from 6pm on 92.7 FM.