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Jackie Bird returns to BBC Scotland over festive period to present new show


Jackie Bird will return to BBC Scotland to present a special one-off show over the festive period.

The legendary Scots presenter will make a comeback to our screens on December 22 when Scotland’s People 2020: A Thank You airs on the BBC Scotland channel.

The special one-hour programme will see the 59-year-old recognise and thank those who have kept the country going during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jackie will also be joined by ‘a few famous faces’ as she uncovers inspiring tales of everyday heroism and selflessness that has taken place across Scotland over this challenging year.



Jackie Bird quit BBC’s Reporting Scotland last year

It will be the first time that the TV star has appeared on BBC programming since her departure from Reporting Scotland in April last year.

Jackie later announced that she would not host BBC Scotland’s Hogmanay coverage in 2019. It was the first year that the programme was broadcast without the TV legend in two decades.

Susan Calman will once again front this year’s New Year’s Eve festivities, which will look hugely different due to the Covid-19 crisis.

This year’s studio audience will appear virtually due to social distancing measures that remain in place across Scotland.

Susan will be joined by a range of special guests and musicians, such as Deacon Blue, Amy MacDonald and Blazin’ Fiddles.



Comedian Susan Calman will front BBC Scotland’s Hogmanay coverage once again this year

The traditional firing of the gun at Edinburgh Castle will still go ahead as planned.

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BBC Scotland chiefs have also given Scots a flavour of what to expect on the telly over this year’s festive period.

Old and new festive specials of audience favourites such as Inside Central Station, River City, Still Game, Ran C Nesbitt and Two Doors Down will also be aired.

The final episode of the annual Only an Excuse will also be shown on Hogmanay in a one-hour special.

It will feature some memorable moments from the archive in addition to some new sketches from Jonathan Watson and the team.

Steve Carson, Director BBC Scotland says: “This year has challenged everyone in many different ways and so it’s never been more important to offer audiences the chance to come together and enjoy a range of festive programming that will bring comfort but also joy.



BBC’s festive schedule will also include the last ever episode of Only an Excuse

“From uplifting programmes which will celebrate the kindness and resolve of the human spirit through to laughing with our familiar comic favourites, BBC Scotland’s festive offer provides something for everyone.”





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