A documentary charting the birth and growth of the Scottish nation.

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A documentary charting the birth and growth of the Scottish nation.

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9 November 2008 (UK)  »

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A História da Escócia  »

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1 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

Scottish producer and director Jane McWilliams' television series, is inspired by real events. It premiered on BBC One Scotland, was shot on locations in Scotland, England and France and is a UK production which was produced by producer Richard Downes. It tells the story about a people named the Picts, the Gaels, the Britons and the Angles and a self-governing country called Caledonia and Pictland where a river is named River Tyne and a volcano is surnamed Kilda.

Distinctly and subtly directed by Scottish filmmaker Jane McWilliams, this quietly paced documentary which is narrated and presented by Scottish archaeologist Neil Oliver and from multiple viewpoints, draws a cinematographic portrayal of thirty-two council areas, two topographic regions and three distinct areas. While notable for its atmospheric milieu depictions and distinct cinematography by cinematographer Neville Kidd, this narrative-driven story about historical perspectives was made a millennium after an Island named Iona (563), the House of Alpin (843-1040) and the House of France (987-1328), nine centuries after a Scottish guidwife named Gruoch Ingen Boite (c. 1020-1054) became Queen of Alba (1040) and Dunbar Castle (c. 1070-1567) in East Lothian, the Scottish Lowlands, eight centuries after Dunnottar Castle (1200s) in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland where a green lady ... , the English-Scottish border (1237), the Treaty of Newcastle (1244) was sealed by a future marriage arrangement, the Isle of Man (1266), a hymn with the lyrics "From you a light arises by which glorious … is observed." was sung (1281) during a wedding (1070), an English Princess named Joan of Acre (1272-1307) was born the seventh child, a Guardian and son of Scotland named Robert I, King of Scots (1274- 1329), a two-year-old daughter of Norway became Queen of Scots (1288), the Battle at Stirling Bridge (1297), eight centuries after a Scottish University (1410-1413), seven centuries after the Declaration of Abroath (1320), the Battle of Roslin (1303), William's renaissance (1305) and the House of Stuart (1371-1807), six centuries after the birth of Joan Stewart, Countess of Morton (1428-1437), a Scottish Lord of the Isles named James IV of Scotland (1473-1513) journeyed to the Isle of May with a ship named the Lion (1506), the Court of Session (1532), the College of Justice (1532), the Laws in Wales Acts 1535 and 1542, a treatise from (1532) by a person from the Republic of Florence (1115-1532) was placed on Index Libronim Prohibitorum (1559), a Scot named James VI and I (1566-1625) was born in Edinburgh Castle at Castle Rock, Scotland, a Scotswoman who traveled with the Queen's Ferry (1567) to Loch Leven Castle in the Scottish Highlands, wore a white gown in Paris, France (1559), Anne of Denmark (1574-1619) married (1589) Mary's son, Star Castle (1593) on the Isle of Scilly in the Celtic Sea, the WS Society (1594), the Union of the Crowns (1603), the National Covenant (1638) and a Lord High Admiral named James II of England (1631-1701) became Knight of the Garter (1642).

Made three centuries after the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle (1687), a Scottish orphan named Flora MacDonald (1772-1790) from a tack named Milton in South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland left the Tower of London (1747), Somerset v Stewart (1772), "The Wealth of Nations" (1776) by a Scotsman, New Lanark (1785), the Highland Clearances (c. 1790-1830), a Scottish member of the Faculty of Advocates (1532) named Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) who was made Principal Clerk of Session and Justiciary (1804) and granted permission to locate the Scottish Crown Jewels (1540), met (1797) a French daughter named Charlotte Genevieve Charpentier (1777-1826) at Lake District, Cumbria in England, the Heart of Midlothian (1817), a Welsh tragedienne named Sarah Kemble Siddons (1755-1831) became (1812) Lady Macbeth at Theatre Royal (1732) in London, England, an islet and lighthouse in Lismore, Inner Hebrides, Scotland named Eilean Musdile (1833) in the British Isles, a French 19th century mystic was transported on a naval ship named Virginie (1794) to New Caledonia (1853), a century after Forth Bridge (1890), Queen's Park (1867) in Glasgow (500s), Scotland, Nova Scotia (1867), more than a century after Bass Rock Lighthouse (1902) at the Firth of Forth, Scotland, Glasgow and West for Women's Suffrage (1902-1933), Caithness and Sutherland (1918-1997), less then a century after the conception of a Scottish actress named Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer (1921-2007) who lived in Helensburgh (1776), a Greek Crown Prince named Constantine I of Greece (1868-1923) regained the throne (1920), a Scottish marchioness named Her Grace Katharine Marjory Ramsay Stewart-Murray (1874-1960) became an MP (1923), a term called emotional blackmail (1947), Ladywell (1960s) in West Lothian, Scotland, the Catholic Women's Suffrage Society (1911) in London, England asked for the ordination of women (1963), a Scottish Honoris causa named Muriel Camberg Sarah Spark (1918-2006) became DBE (1993), an Australian watercraft named Queen of Peace (1995),a voice from Scotland communicated with words: "Choose life, choose a job, choose a career, choose a family … choose a starter home … choose a future …" (1996), the Scottish Parliament (1999), the British-Irish Council (1999), Her Majesty's Advocate General for Scotland (1999), a Scottish-Italian Queen's counsel named Dame Elish Angiolini became Lord Advocate of Scotland (2006), six years before a Scottish lawyer named Nicola Ferguson Sturgeon was elected First Minister of Scotland (2014) and appointed to Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council (1708) and the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, contains interviews and a great and timely score.

This nine hour and forty-one minute retelling which is set in the 21st century in Scotland where a Mormaer of Lennox lived at Inchmurrin Castle in Loch Lomond, Scotland (1437), the Scottish red deer, a Munro named Meikle Says Law, the Wallace Monument (1869), Solway Firth and the Lady of the Lake, is impelled and reinforced by its fragmented narrative structure, rhythmic continuity, scene of a daughter of Scotland and comment: "… Rome's special daughter." A national documentary.

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