Story of Montrose wartime canine hero Bamse on STV

Elaine C. Smith learns about bamse from Andrew Orr
Elaine C. Smith learns about bamse from Andrew Orr

Montrose and the story of wartime canine hero Bamse will be brought to a wider audience in a new tv show on STV.

The brand new series, ‘Elaine C. Smith’s Burdz Eye View’, travels across Scotland with acclaimed actress and comedian Elaine C. Smith as she takes to the road for her first stand up tour in 10 years.

The six part series on STV, which airs on Monday evenings at 8 pm and started on March 23, visits many of Scotland’s once much sought after holiday destinations by the sea.

From Montrose and Stonehaven to St Andrews, and North Berwick to Port Patrick, Elaine travels to places she has never toured before.

In each episode Elaine learns more about her stand up tour destination by engaging with the local people.

In the fourth episode, which airs on Monday (April 13) at 8 pm, Elaine visits the North East and enjoys a trip on a miniature railway, some fish smoking, and a dip in the Stonehaven outdoor pool.

There is also time for some tintinnabulation as Elaine joins a local bell-ringing group before visiting the statue of ‘Bamse’ the dog in Montrose where local historian, Andrew Orr, explains the story of the life saving and medal winning dog during the Second World War.

She then pops in for a hairdo and sing song with local salon owner Danny Laverty before performing her show at the Webster Theatre in Arbroath.

Elaine said: ““Making ‘Burdz Eye View’ was a great opportunity to perform my one woman show in magical places from my childhood and also in locations I have never had a chance to experience before.

“It was a real privilege to meet so many amazing people, especially the women who work and live in these iconic towns. It offered me a fresh perspective on how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful and diverse country. I hope the audiences enjoy going on holiday with me.”

Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said: “This new series offers an insight into Elaine’s first stand up tour in ten years and a chance to meet some great local characters, plus some well known faces. Elaine C. Smith is a great narrator and comedian so viewers are in for a treat as she takes them on her own unique tour of Scotland.”

The series is directed by Jim Webster, Peter McQueen, and actor turned director Tony Kearney.

The show is made for STV by RPM Arts and Solus Productions, with Elaine providing a colourful narrative in her unique style as she meets the people of Scotland.