BBC Alba looking to train Gaelic-speaking talent for new soap

November 15, 2009

BBC Alba, the new Gaelic television channel launching next month, is on the hunt for a long-running soap as part of its commitment to broadcasting original drama.

A new Scottish Gaelic soap would be the first since Machair, which ran for six years and came to an end in 1998.

Alan Esslemont, BBC Alba’s head of content, said production of original drama formed part of the channel’s strategy and revealed discussions had taken place with a number of independent production companies in Scotland about potential ideas for a long-running series.

However, Esslemont admitted writing in Gaelic for television needed more work. He revealed an initiative offering training to new Gaelic-speaking talent in acting and writing, with a view to employing them on a soap, was being considered.

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