Meet the team behind The People's History Show


 

Graham

Film & Edit

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What have you been doing this week?

Travelled over 1200 miles, filmed on an island, in a nuclear power plant and in a steel mill. Also met and working with some brilliant people.

What’s your most interesting production experience?

A one day filming trip to Hockenheim in Germany for a classic car Formula 1 event in memory of Jim Clark was a highlight. Exhausting to arrive, drive, film and return all in one day. Great footage though.

Favourite piece of historical knowledge?

The Roman’s didn’t stop at Hadrian’s Wall, they came much further north beyond Glasgow and Edinburgh… I have filmed a lot about Roman’s.

 

 

Chris

Edit

Our resident editor Chris is not only super talented but also a very good source of music suggestions, Simpsons quotes and will usually be found in the cinema.

Our resident editor Chris is not only super talented but also a very good source of music suggestions, Simpsons quotes and will usually be found in the cinema.

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What have you been up to this week?

Whittling down hours of interview footage for pieces on New Lanark, the Magnum Centre in Irvine, Cumbernauld, trying to make one coherent story out of the memories of loads of different people.

Your most interesting production story?

Probably the time Graham and Alan made me dress up as Charles Rennie Mackintosh so we could go film in his old office, which, by the way, is still a working architecture firm, full of actual architects, who were there when we arrived, so it very much had a feel of 'alright lads, the boss is back'.

Favourite piece of history knowledge?

Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the assassination of JFK after someone saw him sneaking into a cinema without paying for a ticket and, suspicious, phoned the cops. A steep price to pay just to see Cry of Battle with Van Heflin and Rita Moreno.

 

 

Fergus

Researcher & Presenter

Beloved historian Fergus has worked with us for a number of years, whether it’s presenting History Shows or double checking our research! Find him doing many a talk around Scotland, or hidden away in archives.

Beloved historian Fergus has worked with us for a number of years, whether it’s presenting History Shows or double checking our research! Find him doing many a talk around Scotland, or hidden away in archives.

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What have you been up to this week?

Filming at Ravenscraig (or what’s left of it) and getting melted at a steelworks (HOT!!!!).

Your most interesting production story?

Trying to stop a 100 year old bottle of LIVE beer exploding all over Graham’s car.

Favourite piece of history knowledge?

Scots are descended from the daughter of an Egyptian Pharaoh called Scota.

 

 

Colin

Presenter

Representing the North we have Colin Stone. Known for his ‘up for anything’ attitude, we grabbed him for a few questions:

Representing the North we have Colin Stone. Known for his ‘up for anything’ attitude, we grabbed him for a few questions:

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What have you been doing this week?

Filmed at a nuclear power plant about 15 miles from my childhood home, and currently en route to Fort William to film at a former travelling cinema! 

What’s your most interesting production experience?

Broadcasting live on STV 2 while on a speedboat going 40mph down the River Clyde. Up Next’s very own Murray Wilson was filming and how on earth we a) filmed that and b) avoided falling overboard is beyond me. 

Fave piece of history knowledge?

Many of the historical events in the Highlands over the last couple hundred years are remarkable. If I had to pick one, the story of the abandoned island of Stroma is one I’d love to tell. 

 

 

Amy

Assistant Producer

Amy is our assistant producer and all round studio organiser! After being thrown into the deep end with our latest production, she has found herself all over the country; even meeting Gladiator’s Hunter!

Amy is our assistant producer and all round studio organiser! After being thrown into the deep end with our latest production, she has found herself all over the country; even meeting Gladiator’s Hunter!

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What have you been doing this week?
Helping with the re-enactment of women’s football from the 70’s - which involved trying to source a Scotland top from 1974! Also helping in the search for a ginger wig! 

What’s your most interesting production experience?
Being inside a steel plant and being so close to the hot molten steel! Felt like being in an oven! 

Favourite piece of history knowledge/historical fact?
Apparently, my family is related to the Brontes!!

 

 

Murray

Cameraman

Behind almost every camera there’s Murray! You’ll find him in the studio tinkering or out in a variety of vehicles.

Behind almost every camera there’s Murray! You’ll find him in the studio tinkering or out in a variety of vehicles.

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What do you do?

I film and edit as well as operating a Ronin Gimbal for those silky smooth tracking shots.

What have you been doing this week?

A lot!
I’ve been filming some recreation for a history show we’re working on, interviewing ex-miners about their experiences, setting up our studio for filming a sketch comedy show and been exploring a football stadium for a larger project we have in the works.
Love every second!

What’s your most interesting production experience?

Going “over the top” and running through a reproduction of No Mans Land with some very believable re-enactors all around me for a show we made about WWI, all whilst holding a camera and trying not to fall over!
Amazing stuff

Favourite piece of historical knowledge?

The monument to Greyfriars Bobby in Edinburgh is the cities smallest listed building
Also, don’t rub his nose!
A dodgy tour guide started the rumour that it was a tradition amongst residents to rub the statues nose for good luck and so every tourist now comes along and has a feel, slowly but surely eroding the poor wee guys nose.

 

 

Jennifer

Presenter & Assistant Producer

Jennifer has been all over the country find out the true history of Scotland. This time we’re the ones asking her the questions!

Jennifer has been all over the country find out the true history of Scotland. This time we’re the ones asking her the questions!

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What have you been doing this week?

There is never a dull week working on People’s History, I have been out filming all across the country from Brown Bears in Fife to Historic Fire engines in Greenock and also in the Hamden Scottish Football museum!

What’s your most interesting production experience?

Searching for a bear on Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides! Such a cool experience and it allowed me to stand on the the most beautiful beach I have ever seen in glorious sunshine, naturally being followed by a drone… The shots were amazing!!

Favourite piece of historical knowledge/historical fact?

The fact that shocked me the most from the filming so far this series is that Women’s Football was banned for 50 years! I couldn’t believe it!! The women who played through that ban are amazing and total pioneers for women’s sport - total heroes in my eyes!

 

 

Kevin

Edit

Kevin can often be found eating beans on toast and hiding from the sun.

Kevin can often be found eating beans on toast and hiding from the sun.

What do you do?
Shoot. Edit. Eat beans on toast. Edit some more. Drink tea. Dunk a few biscuits. Eat said biscuits. It would be weird to dunk them and not eat them. Soggy, uneaten biscuits are no use to anyone. 

What have you been doing this week? 
Apart from the ritualistic dunking of the hob nobs? I’ve been finishing off a few edits for The People’s History Show, including a piece about Oscar winning footballer, Neil Paterson.

What’s your most interesting production experience? 
I got to hold an actual Oscar when I was shooting the Neil Paterson piece! 

Fav piece of history knowledge?
Baked beans were introduced to Britain in 1886.

 

 

Jacob

Graphics

Jacob boasts that he can create anything , so the team put this statement to the test everyday!

Jacob boasts that he can create anything , so the team put this statement to the test everyday!

What have you been doing this week? 

Rebuilding some mega structures of Glasgow and finishing off the rendering for the new PHS titles. Also, as per my contract, I’ve been eating copious amounts of Jaffa Cakes. 

What’s your most interesting production experience? 

Robert the Bruce crowned me Prince of Wales once. Not sure if it’s legally binding, but it was a good moment for me. 

Favourite piece of history knowledge/historical fact?

Wales has more castles per square mile than any other European country. Can’t even go down the shops without bumping into one.


 
Jacob Capener