The Clyde is famous throughout the world for its shipbuilding. It has been called the cradle of steam navigation and is the birthplace of the countless liners, warships and cargo ships. David Hayman explores the stories of four ships, built on the river Clyde that helped forge links with countries throughout the Commonwealth of Nations. From iconic ships such as Cutty Sark and HMS Hood to the lesser-known CS Mackay-Bennett, a ship that laid the foundations of a Victorian communications revolution and played a crucial role in the world's worst maritime disaster. Also, David investigates the story of a paddle steamer called Robert E. Lee, and the controversial role Glasgow shipbuilders and captains played in the American Civil War. This four-part series travels the world to tell the fascinating story of ships built during the golden age of ship-building at Clydebank, Glasgow – a time when "Clydebuilt" was synonymous with "world class".
At the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, 40,000 spectators will be treated to a stunning night of entertainment from Scottish icon Rod Stewart, former Britain’s Got Talent finalist Susan Boyle and singer-songwriter Amy MacDonald plus a few surprises! With the world holding its breath, we will reintroduce ourselves to the Commonwealth family and show everyone what we’re made of. Most importantly, we will celebrate the commonality and shared qualities of the Commonwealth – the true spirit of unity and diversity. For the first time in Games history, the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony will feature a Commonwealth-wide fundraiser for children, thanks to our ground-breaking partnership with leading children’s organisation, UNICEF. Stars of sport, stage and screen will appear in this unique global fundraising event tomorrow evening in aid of UNICEF to help Put Children First. Coming together on one night, we hope to save and change the lives of millions of children across the Commonwealth.
This is a one-off special to herald the start of the British Commonwealth Games, which starts on Wed 23rd July in Glasgow Scotland. Some of the nation's best-loved presenters - Clare Balding, Denise Lewis, Anita Rani, Dan Snow and Reggie Yates - travel around the globe to marvel at seven diverse natural wonders and meet some of the two billion members of the Commonwealth. They venture to the oldest desert on the planet, the most pristine rainforest, the world's greatest waterfall, the largest mangrove swamp, the richest coral reef and the world's most spectacular fjordland. The final wonder is found deep in a cave far closer to home. Along the way they discover what it means to part of the Commonwealth today.
Top Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges hosts this very special night of comedy live from Glasgow's legendary Theatre Royal to celebrate the Commonwealth Games coming to the city. Kevin takes to the stage in front of a live theatre audience to present four internationally-renowned comics from the Commonwealth countries. Appearing on stage are Canada's finest Katherine Ryan, top South African comedian Trevor Noah, Scotland's own Danny Bhoy and English comic Simon Evans.