Portnahaven Church is to make an appearance on a television documentary to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of the great Scottish engineer Thomas Telford. The church, which was completed in 1828, was one of more than thirty commissioned from Telford by Parliament, and built throughout the Highlands and Islands to commemorate the part played by Scots in the Napoleonic Wars. Tó¡³ Telford: A Togail na Gaidhealtachd (Thomas Telford: Building the Highlands) was funded by the Gaelic Media Service and will be shown on BBC2 at 6.15 on Thursday 27th December, and on the new Gaelic language digital channel next year. The programme includes an interview with church historian the Rev Roddy Macleod, of Furness in Argyll, who has high praise for the Rinns kirk. ?I think that of all his churches, my favorite is Portnahaven in Islay, particularly because it?s little-changed inside. It?s just as it was the day it was completed. Many others have been altered inside.? Kilmeny church, and the now ruined kirk at Risabus were also built to Telford designs. The 45-minute documentary was made by Caledonia TV, which recently filmed a programme about the Museum of Islay Life in Port Charlotte, which will also be shown on the new Gaelic channel next year.
Gordon Homer from Spirit of Islay added the following interesting info on the forum as well: Springwatches Christmas Special - BBC 2 31/12/2007 6.10pm - 7.30pm. Bill Oddie, Kate Humble and Simon King look back at 2007, a year of storms, floods and fabulous encounters with wildlife. Time to catch up with the Wildlife on Islay we hope!
Whisky Dreams - BBC2 Scotland only (People with Sky in the rest of UK can trawl thru the channels and find BBC2 Scotland around CH 990) 15/01/2008 10pm - 10.30pm . A fly-on-the-wall type documentary about Bruichladdich, they followed the distillery team for over a year from September 2006 until November 2007. We remember the crew being there for Jims Masterclass in May.