Salamanda Media has been commissioned to make four-part documentary series Return to Uist for BBC Scotland.

Return to Uist follows a young family as they leave behind the London rat race for a remote island in the Outer Hebrides. There, they have purchased a 10-acre wild croft on which they want to build a house and work the land – all without any farming experience and on a limited budget.

For city boy Alexander, it’s an adventure into the unknown. For his fiancé Susannah, who spent most of her childhood on the island, sometimes feeling like an outsider, there’s mixed emotions about returning but she wants to give their young son a better life.

They’re determined to live the good life, but with no jobs, a new house to build and no farming experience they’re in at the deep end. With the help of the local community, will their dreams become a reality?

Return To Uist will be filmed and produced by Mike Healy and executive produced by Sally Evans and Amanda de Freitas.

BBC Scotland commissioning editor Steve Allen said: ‘Alexander and Susannah’s story is both uplifting and authentic. It also highlights the strong sense of community and natural beauty of North Uist.’

Salamanda Media co-founders and executive producers Sally Evans and Amanda De Freitas said: ‘Two years in the making, following Alexander and Susannah’s extraordinary new life in the Outer Hebrides is pure escapist telly at a time when so many are craving a simpler and more affordable way of life.’

Return to Uist will air on BBC Scotland in the Autumn and follows Salamanda’s Channel 4 Daytime commission Fame in The Family, which aired earlier in the year.


Pippa Considine

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