TV Preview- Celebrating the Sunday Post’s 100th birthday

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Television really likes anniversaries. Programme makers enjoy celebrating programmes which have lasted a long time.

However they also enjoy celebrating other media anniversaries as well.

So it is not really surprising that this Sunday at seven o’clock, BBC1 viewers will be given an opportunity of seeing a celebration of one of the most famous Scottish newspapers.

The Sunday Post was first published a hundred years ago. Its original intention was to bring to the people of Scotland news from the trenches of the First World War.

However when the War was over the paper continued and can still be found on newsstands day. It is said that The Sunday Post is ‘the most successful weekly newspaper in the world’. When you mention the Sunday Post to people what immediately springs to mind for most of them are two comic strips – The Broons and Oor Wullie. These two strips first appeared in the 1930s and have continued to the present day. Like the TV programme The Simpsons, the characters in these cartoons remain the same age no matter what year the paper is published in.

However the Sunday Post is more than the home of these two classic strips and in this special documentary viewers will be given an opportunity of seeing the working life of its current editor Donald Martin.

The documentary will also show how the paper has reported Scottish life down through the decades. It will be narrated by Brian Cox and it will feature contributions from many celebrity fans including Lesley Riddoch, Alex Norton, John Michie, Ross King and Lorraine Kelly.