DVD Region 0 PAL. With its roots in religious festivals and ancient rituals to lure the sun back as it fell lower and lower in the winter sky, Hogmanay is a uniquely Scottish New Year festival known throughout the world. Jimmy Reid, with the help of folk maestros the Whistlebinkies, Robin Hall, Jack House and Archie Roy, delves into the origins of the traditions as they are practised in different parts of Scotland. The first foot, the clootie dumpling, the Fireballs of Stonehaven, the torches of Comrie, and the bonfire at Biggar are all seen, as is Up-Helly-Aa, Shetland's festival of Vikings and Guizers.
Filmed for Channel 4 in Torrance on August 9th 1982 in preparation for the Channel's launch on November 2nd that year.
WRITER: Jimmy Reid
ACTORS: Jimmy Reid, The Whistlebinkies, Robin Hall
FORMAT: PAL DVD All Regions - aspect ratio 1.33:1 - colour
DIRECTOR: Eddie McConnell
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 40 mIns