BBC series on River Tweed ‘will boost economy’

A new six-part BBC One documentary focusing on the River Tweed and the people who live and work alongside it will be broadcast from next week.

“The River” will be shown on BBC One Scotland weekly from Monday November 7 and has been produced by the company behind the documentary on Aviemore and the Cairngorms – “The Mountain” – which ran for two series.

The programme will be available UK-wide on the BBC iPlayer after broadcast.

Councillor Stuart Bell, executive member for economic development at Scottish Borders Council, said: “Hot on the heels of the four-part drama ‘One of Us’, a large part of which was filmed in the Scottish Borders, ‘The River’ really will put the Scottish Borders centre stage.

“The River Tweed is known across the world for its salmon fishing and it plays a key role in our local economy on that basis.

“However, this new series will tell the much wider story about the role the Tweed has in so many people’s lives in the Scottish Borders.

“This is a unique opportunity to promote the Scottish Borders to a nationwide audience and I hope it will encourage even more people to come and visit this area, take in our stunning scenery and outdoor activities, enjoy our many attractions and our fabulous food and drink.”

Doug Wilson, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: “This wonderful series is great news for Scottish Borders tourism.

“The series will help shine a spotlight on the region and let people across the country see what a fantastic place the Borders is to come and visit.

“We are delighted to see Scottish tourism businesses capitalising on this outstanding opportunity and hope that the film will encourage more visitors coming to the region to meet the wonderful people and see the spectacular sights depicted in the series.”