Islands On The Edge

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  • 2013
  • 1 Season
  • 8.0  (55)

Islands On The Edge is a breathtaking documentary series that showcases the natural beauty and unique ecology of the Scottish islands. The series was produced in 2013 by ITV and features stunning footage of various island landscapes, wildlife and human communities. The show was narrated by Scottish actress Eileen McCallum and also features the musical talents of Scottish singer Julie Fowlis.

The series is split into three parts, each focusing on a different group of islands. Part one takes us to the remote and wild archipelago of St. Kilda, where the harsh Atlantic climate has shaped a unique and resilient community of humans and wildlife. We see the hard work and dedication of the St. Kildans as they maintain their traditional way of life and preserve the fragile equilibrium of their environment.

Part two of the series explores the Inner Hebrides, a cluster of islands off the west coast of Scotland that are home to a phenomenal range of flora and fauna. Here, we see how the changing seasons affect the behaviour of the island’s animals, from the puffins and seals of Staffa to the red deer of Islay. We also hear from local conservationists and environmentalists on the steps being taken to protect this delicate ecosystem.

The final part of the series takes us to the Outer Hebrides, where the islands are steeped in history and folklore. Our journey begins on the Isle of Lewis, where we explore the stunning beaches and rocky shores that have inspired generations of writers and artists. We then move on to the Uists, where we learn about the island’s wildfowl, otters and seals, and the vital role they play in the island’s economy.

Throughout the series, we are treated to exquisite camerawork and sound design that immerses us fully in the world of the islands. From sweeping landscapes and dramatic coastlines to intimate glimpses of animal behaviour, the show offers a feast of visual and sonic delights.

One of the standout features of the series is the use of traditional Scottish music, provided by the acclaimed singer Julie Fowlis. Her haunting voice and evocative melodies perfectly capture the mood and spirit of the islands, and help to deepen our emotional connection with the landscapes and communities we encounter.

Islands On The Edge is a stunningly beautiful and deeply affecting series that provides a fascinating insight into the wondrous diversity of the Scottish islands. Whether you are a nature lover, a history buff or simply someone who appreciates great storytelling, this is a show that is sure to capture your heart and imagination.

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Episode 4
4. Episode 4
May 27, 2013
In the final programme we meet the people of the Hebrides and discover how they're learning to live side-by-side with their wild neighbours.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
May 20, 2013
Of all the islands, the Outer Hebrides are the most exposed to the Atlantic. Despite this, the wildlife here is the most spectacular in Europe. But this is a year of drought and yet again all the creatures of the Hebrides must find ways to survive.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
May 13, 2013
In most years winter is the hardest time in the Hebrides, but once in a generation the spring turns out to be harder still. In the second programme of this landmark series, the Islands on the Edge are hit by the biggest storm in living memory.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
May 6, 2013
Landmark wildlife series, narrated by Ewan McGregor, introducing an unforgettable wild animal cast struggling to survive on these Islands on the Edge. In this first episode, autumn arrives with a vengeance.
  • Premiere Date
    May 6, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (55)