Film crew finds adventure in the isles

The Adventure Show crew set up camp at the Breiwick campsite.

The Adventure Show crew set up camp at the Breiwick campsite.

The Adventure Show  –  the “visually stunning series built around Scotland’s thriving adventure sports scene” – has been filming in Shetland over the past few days.

The show’s team are filming four features that will form part of its Wild Weekend segment, with the first two being broadcast on BBC Scotland at the end of October and the others, hopefully, before the end of the year.

Broadcaster Desiree Wilson is in Shetland to present the show and will be leading a cliff climb while locally-based climber Al Whitworth will lead another route.

Desiree hails from Shetland but moved to Aberdeen when she was little and jumped at the chance to come back and explore the isles for the programme.

Weather permitting, there will also be a feature on sea kayaking in Shetland with local kayakers Angus and Catriona Nicol of Shetland Sea Kayak exploring caves and arches at the north side of Muckle Roe.

Today the film crew is due to be in Noss with SIC councillor and one-time RSPB warden Billy Fox.

Margaret Wicks of Triple Echo Productions, who produces and edits The Adventure Show, was in Shetland earlier this summer doing a “recce” before filming started, along with award-winning cameraman Richard Else.

She said that Shetland had been “lovely”, including hair-raising walks to the edge of cliffs in Eshaness. She hoped the sense of exposure on the cliffs would be captured in the broadcast.

During the pair’s visit the weather was windy but “fantastic” Margaret had also been walking around north of Scalloway. Her association with the isles goes back 10 years to making programmes for Radio Scotland in Foula.

The Adventure Show’s main focus is on sports from mountain biking and kayaking, to adventure racing, surfing and mountain marathons. Its Wild Weekend feature normally showcases foreign locations like Tuscany, Iceland, Spain or Turkey.

It will be the first time Shetland has featured.

About Peter Johnson

Reporter for The Shetland Times. I have also worked as an employed and freelance reporter and editor for a variety of print and broadcast media outlets and as as a freelance photographer and film maker/cameraman. In addition to journalism, I have experience in construction, oil analysis, aquaculture, fisheries, the health service and oral history.

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