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Program 373: Isles of Britain; Scottish Secession; Challenges for Working Women in Europe
Release Date: 08-02-2014
Martin Clunes, star of the Doc Martin TV series, tells us what he discovered while filming a documentary on the far flung outposts and islands that surround Great Britain. Voters in Scotland are considering particular issues as they prepare to vote on whether or not to secede from the United Kingdom. Also, working mothers from Sweden, Slovenia, and France contrast the challenges they face in their countries.
- Actor Martin Clunes, host of "Islands of Britain" (ITV Productions)
- Scotland-based tour guides Anne Doig, Colin Mairs, and Liz Lister
- Ylva da Silva, tour guide based in Stockholm
- Tina Hiti, tour guide from Lake Bled, Slovenia
- Julie Sonveau, American-born tour guide based in Burgundy, France
- Martin Clunes' "Islands of Britain" documentary series was produced by ITV Productions. It airs from time to time on local public television stations in the U.S. A preview is made available by American Public Television.
- Gig rowers in the UK have their own website, including the annual World Pilot Gig Championships in the Scilly Islands each May.
- The small island of Sark in the Channel Islands is the first island designated as a "dark sky" destination.
- The Guardian has an interview with Martin Clunes about his family life, and a review of his recent nature documentaries.
- Martin Clunes' most recent nature documentary is called "The Lemurs of Madagascar." His nature and animal documentaries can be purchased for home viewing from the Australian Broadcasting Company.
- BBC News coverage of the Scottish independence campaign.
- The dominant party of the current Scottish Parliament is the Scottish National Party, which favors independence from Britain.
- Here's a link to a dictionary of unfamiliar words to most English speakers from the Scottish vernacular.
- Colin Mairs' website is called Excursions Scotland.
More with Tina Hiti - Rick asks Tina Hiti from Slovenia, Julie Sonveau from France, and Ylva da Silva from Sweden how women are portrayed on TV and in the media in their countries. (runs 2:49)