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  • Ayrshire


  • Emotions, attitudes and behaviour
  • Music


  • Television entertainment


  • 1960s

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Reference number: T0702

Date: 1960, January 25

Director: d. Walter Butler

Production company: Scottish Television

Sound: sound

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 25.37 mins

Description: Made by Scottish Television, this programme features music, dance and dramatised scenes of the life of Robert Burns.

Credits: Those taking part in our tribute to the Bard were:
m.p. Kenneth McKellar
cast David Kinnaird, Sheila Shaw, Robin Richardson, Iain Dunnett, Alex Allan and the Dancers of the Western Theatre Ballet
m.p.s. the George Keenan Orchestra & Glasgow Phoenix Choir
choreo. Bruce McClure
m. Cedric Thorpe Davie
p. des. Helen Rae
Rantin' "Ravin" Robin was written by Hugh J. Waters.

Kenneth McKellar and the Dancers of the Western Theatre Ballet are appearing in Stewart Cruickshank's "A Wish For Jamie" at the Alhambra Theatre, Glasgow

Shotlist: STV logo, Title. (0.18) ms Presenter introduces the drama, set in Alloway, 25th January 1759; (0.45) Ballet, set to Rantin' Rovin' Robin (2.02) ms Presenter seated at desk; c/u painting (2.34) Scots Wha Hae; singing lead by man wearing a wig and period military dress amongst a collection of neighbours; c/u claymore (3.44) c/u map of area around Alloway; (4.07) brief ballet (4.46) c/u map; Presenter continues Burn's life story (5.07) Ballet; v/o recites "Westlin Winds" (6.51) Presenter continues (7.09) ms soprano sings "Ye Banks and Braes" (7.41) Presenter uses map to introduce Burn's next stage of life, in Irvine; presenter seated at desk (9.20) Man sings "Gae Bring me a Pint of Wine"; Kenneth McKellar leads chorus in "Corn Rigs are Bonnie"; female singer: "A Highland Lad"; a third man recites "Beware O' Bonnie Ann" (13.25) Kenneth McKellar sings "Green Grow the Rashes O' "; male singers lead chorus in "Auld Lang Syne" Rantin' Rovin' Robin End of Part One (16.20) Rantin' Rovin' Robin Part Two (16.35) c/u map, 1784 superimposed; presenter continues (17.23) Female ballet solo to "Jean" sung by Kenneth McKellar (19.31) Presenter continues (19.51) ballet (20.24) presenter (20.41) Kenneth McKellar sings "Ae Fond Kiss" (23.11) Presenter speaks about Burn's acquisition of Ellisland, appointment as an Exciseman, and end (23.48) man walks away from a table with a lit candle; Familiar portrait of Burns to the strains of "Auld Lang Syne" ecs superimposed (25.37)