Every year I start a new project, and 2019’s is my podcast: Scots Spill The Beans.

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My aim with this podcast is to showcase modern Scotland – and share its secrets.

In this six part series I interview five Scots and one rogue Australian who’s never leaving. I ask them about their lives in this wee country; their illustrious careers, their favourite drinking, eating and showing-off-for-the-tourists spots and why they think Scotland is so special.

Each episode is 20 minutes – and the series finale stars one of our most famous modern women.

No messing around – we start with a star of Outlander.

Episode 1

Craig McGinlay was working for a Scottish Premier League football team when he went for an audition to be in a whisky ad. It turned out to be a Guy-Ritchie-directed epic starring David Beckham. Was it his bushy beard that got him the part? Or his Scottish charm? I’ll let you decide:

Episode 2

Episode 2 of Scots Spill the Beans takes you back in time in Edinburgh with Christina Thomson.

If you’ve ever watched ‘Call the Midwife’ you will love Christina’s stories of district nursing in 1960s Edinburgh. From the uniforms that garnered universal respect to the communities who lived in the Royal Mile tenements, Christina paints vivid pictures.

Listen for a true flavour of Scotland’s capital city 50 years ago.

Episode 3

Episode 3 of Scots Spill the Beans features an Australian’s opinion on Scotland.

Jack Derrick left Tasmania last summer and landed just as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival kicked off. He’s working as a physiotherapist and trying to get his head round our Scottish English – You ken fit like it is?

Episode 4

Episode 4 of Scots Spill The Beans is a big one! I chat to Scottish rugby legend Gavin Hastings.

I’ve known Gav for a long time, he’s friends with my dad, who’s a broadcaster, so obviously I had to ask him about that time Dad made him cry live on air…

Episode 5

Episode 5 of Scots Spill The Beans features Scottish golfing superstar Paul Lawrie.

Paul is the last Scottish golfer to have won a major – The Open in 1999 – he’s been in the Ryder Cup team twice and he runs the hugely popular Paul Lawrie Golf Centre.

I think I’ve also figured out why they call him Chippie…

Episode 6

The series finale stars Judy Murray – inspirational mother of tennis champions Andy Murray and Jamie Murray.

I have admired this woman for about a decade, so it was a real treat to chat to her. Isn’t it wonderful when your heroes exceed your expectations? Listen to hear what she fed those superstar sons of hers for breakfast…

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