Two new programmes on BBC ALBA show life during the pandemic across Scotland as they follow a group of people from all walks of life from the beginning of this year.
Trusadh: Sgeulachdan a’ Ghlasaidh (Life in Lockdown), produced by Stornoway based MacTV, provides a unique insight into this challenging time, when the government announced that the country would go back into lockdown.
Contributors include a newly qualified doctor working on a covid ward in East Kilbride, a family of five living in the Isle of Lewis whose lives were impacted by the virus, and a primary school teacher in Glasgow who is juggling her job as a key worker and being a mother to a young toddler.
There are also contributions from a Stornoway-based taxi driver whose livelihood has been impacted by the restrictions, a young man from Aberdeen who caught the virus during the first lockdown of last year who is now battling long covid, and a South Uist based nurse who was heavily involved in the vaccination roll out and unable to travel back to her home in Barra to see her family during the lockdown.
The executive producer of this series Seumas MacTaggart, who is based near Stornoway, also features in the programme because his wife Iona and two of their daughters caught Covid during the Western Isles outbreak earlier this year.
Episodes 5 & 6 of Trusadh: Sgeulachdan a’ Ghlasaidh (Life in Lockdown) will air on BBC ALBA on Wednesday, June 30 and July 7 at 8.30pm. They will also be on the BBC iPlayer for 30 days afterwards.
Those involved include:
Eilidh Laing - a teacher at Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu (Glasgow Gaelic School) and worked right through the pandemic, whilst juggling family life, bringing up a young toddler.
Callum O’ Dwyer – Callum is based in Aberdeen, and caught covid on the first day of the first national lockdown last year - he is still recovering from long covid.
Norrie MacDonald - a Stornoway based taxi driver/councillor who talks about how the pandemic impacted on his working life.
Iona, Seumas & Jenny Mactaggart – they live near Stornoway. Iona and two of her daughters caught covid during the Western Isles outbreak.
Annie MacDonald - a Queen’s Nurse from Barra who is based in Uist who has been heavily involved in vaccinating the population.
Rev David Nicolson – a minister at Erskine Parish Church of Scotland, he discusses the difficulties of keeping a congregation together, whilst juggling family life and home schooling because he has young children.