Frankie Boyle's Tour of Scotland

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Oban to Glasgow

Series 1 - Episode 4 Oban to Glasgow

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Review

Frankie Boyle divides audiences: some delight in his misanthropic approach to humanity; others reject his unvarnished approach. But if you’ve ever read his political commentary in the papers you’ll know there’s a deal of considered thinking behind his comedy. This series ends with a particularly thoughtful and (to this Scots reviewer) thought-provoking coda on where Scotland’s future lies.

Before that, he discusses where Scots get their particular brand of apocalyptic nihilism with comic-book legend Grant Morrison, tries out Robert the Bruce-style broadsword fighting, learns about Glasgow’s slavery-tainted past and, for my money, offers the city’s audience at his show the best line I’ve heard yet on the upside of Brexit.

Summary

The comedian explores Scottish creativity on a journey from Oban to Glasgow. Travelling through the Highlands, Frankie visits the home of Grant Morrison, who has written stories for some of the comic world's most iconic characters. Resuming his trek, he travels from Dunoon to Bannockburn, the site of Robert the Bruce's most famous battle, where he learns how to fight with a sword and shield just like the Scots Knights of the 1300s. Frankie also witnesses young artists brightening up the darker corners of Glasgow and reflects on the city's shameful past, profiting off slavery in the British colonies.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Frankie Boyle
Executive Producer Nicky Waltham
Executive Producer Mick McAvoy
Series Producer Graeme Hart
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