BBC 1 series on the River Tweed

A new six-part documentary focusing on the River Tweed and the people who live alongside it starts next week.

‘The River’ will be shown on BBC One Scotland weekly from Monday, November 7, and available UK-wide on the BBC iPlayer after broadcast.

It follows the lives of people and businesses around the River Tweed over an eight month period.

Narrator Cora Bissett said: “The Scottish Borders is a land steeped in history, with its own unique customs.

“It is an area in which history lives and breathes, and the series reflects many of the local customs and traditions from the Melrose Sevens, to the Common Ridings and the Kelso Races, with the importance of fishing and horses, ingrained in the livelihoods of many in the area, reflected throughout the series run.

“But it also highlights the modern Borders, attracting the likes of chocolatier Ruth Hinks to set up her business in Peebles, or the rise of mountain biking as an attraction.”

Scottish Borders councillor Stuart Bell, 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.”