Frankie Boyle's Tour of Scotland

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Edinburgh to Aberdeen

Series 1 - Episode 2 Edinburgh to Aberdeen



“If you want to write about the undead, the greater Peterhead area in off-season is a good place to start…” Frankie Boyle is lounging in his bedroom in a hotel where Bram Stoker apparently wrote the first chapters of Dracula. It’s one stop on his tour that this week takes him from Edinburgh up the east coast, and focuses on language.

He talks Scots crime fiction with Val McDermid, and gets involved in a workshop in HMP Peterhead with a young academic, whose own language is a rather curious mix (to this Edinburgh-born writer) of English and Scots. But his sharpest material comes when he takes to the stage in Aberdeen, in a routine that includes a riff on what the Queen thinks of the Red Arrows…


The comedian mingles among the crowds of the Edinburgh Fringe before heading to a bar where he meets author Val McDermid, learning her secret to creating realistic characters and dialogue. Travelling north, Frankie stays the night in a hotel linked to Dracula, prompting him to offer his own theory on what inspired Bram Stoker to create the famous vampire. Then, at Grampian Prison, he joins inmates learning about the Scots language. Finally, he performs his stand-up show in Aberdeen, alongside sign language expert Catherine King whose job it is to interpret his sometimes shocking routines.

Cast & Crew

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