Six plays from Òran Mór, Glasgow’s award-winning lunchtime theatre, A Play, a Pie and a Pint, are to be broadcast on the new BBC Scotland channel.
The six plays will be screened on Sunday evenings at 10pm, and will all be available across the UK on iPlayer. The first broadcast, on September 1, will be the recently revived sell-out play Chic Murray: A Funny Place for a Window, with Dave Anderson and Maureen Carr.
Other plays to be screened include the revival of Douglas Maxwell’s A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity, starring Anne Kidd and Craig McLean, and Anita Vettesse’s Ring Road, in which she stars with Gavin Jon Wright.
The productions were all recorded live at Òran Mór, during normal performances. Chris Grady’s Meat Market was recorded in 2017 as a pilot episode, with the rest all recorded this year.
The season will be preceded on August 31 with a BBC documentary about PPP, first broadcast in 2014 to celebrate its 10 years of productions.
Founded by the late David MacLennan in 2004, PPP now stages 35 new plays over 42 weeks of the year. It is currently run by artistic directors April Chamberlain and Morag Fullarton and its current season celebrates passing the 500th play milestone.
The Stage awarded MacLennan producer of the year in 2013 for the PPP concept and he was given the first CATS whiskers award in 2012, from Scottish theatre critics.
Gavin Smith, commissioning executive at BBC Scotland, said: “These six plays are a terrific showcase of contemporary playwriting in Scotland and a celebration of our vibrant theatre scene. All six plays will give audiences a really good laugh as well as touching on challenging themes including grief, childlessness and racism that we hope will get audiences thinking as well.”