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Community / Radio Shetland prepares to launch late programme schedule

Mary Blance will return with her books programme.

BBC Radio Shetland’s late programmes return to the airwaves on Monday night – marking the start of six months of documentaries, music shows, nature and wildlife features and live debates.

Claire White and Friends starts the ball rolling, with a “lichtsome” monthly hour of chat and tunes beginning with fiddler and sailor Maggie Adamson and knitwear designer Helen Robertson.

Jen Stout’s popular Lie of the Land programme is back, and she meets up with singer-songwriter Freda Leask, poet Christie Williamson and fiddler Jenna Reid, who share their stories of the landscapes that have inspired their work.

Daniel Bennett, meanwhile, explores the uninhabited islands of Shetland to learn something from the past in Isles of Old.

Claire White.

The Shetland Larder returns along with the leccy pan! Adam Guest, Eunice Henderson and Joanne Williams explore the culinary delights on offer across the isles. Health, fitness and wellbeing also gets a check up in Shetland’s Heartbeat.

The first of the BBC’s Speakeasy debate programmes will focus on gender-based violence in Shetland – including questions relating to sexual abuse, domestic abuse, police training and the impacts of lockdown.

The station will also be broadcasting a series of radio plays written and performed in the Shetland dialect.

Daniel Lawson continues his historical documentary series covering everything from battles and brochs to shipwrecks and schools, featuring folklore, storytelling, murder, madness and more.

Barbara Cheyne.

The station will also drop in for a conversation with former Shetland Times news editor Jim Tait, retired Highlands and Islands MSP Jean Urquhart and Yell businessman Andy Ross, who is preparing to head off to New Zealand.

Radio Shetland stalwart Mary Blance is back with the popular books programmes featuring writers young and old from the recent Wordplay festival. 

There will be two anniversary programmes marking 25 years of Shetland’s very own tall ship, The Swan, and reliving Shetland’s biggest ever gig when Pulp played at Clickimin back in 1996.

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There’s plenty on offer too for music fans; Barbara Cheyne is along with Fae Hameaboot, Jimmy Carlyle hosts Shades of Blue and Jim Pearson and Shelia Manson are back with Wir Kinda Country. Paul Bloomer explores the music and influenced of the Northern Soul movement.

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

BBC Radio Shetland editor John Johnston said: “It’s great to be back with so many new programmes as well as the old favourites to offer our listeners through the long winter months.”

The late programmes are broadcast every weekday from 6pm straight after Good Evening Shetland on 92.7 FM or live on the “radio player” app. People can also listen again on the BBC Radio Shetland Facebook or on the BBC Sounds page.

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