Buccaneer Media, the indie behind ITV’s Marcella and Britbox’s Crime’ has teamed up with actor Dougray Scott to launch a new Scottish drama indie.

Buccaneer Scotland will be based in Glasgow and its mission is to “promote Scottish voices and culture and bring original stories from the country’s best talent to a global audience.”

The business will be led by Buccaneer joint CEOs Tony Wood and Richard Tulk-Hart together with Dougray Scott. The partners have recently collaborated on ‘Crime’, the Irvine Welsh novel adapted for BritBox in which Scott stars and is released on BritBox on November 18th.

“The idea of setting up a production company in Scotland comes from a desire simply to tell Scottish stories. I’ve been lucky enough to work all over the world and see life through many different eyes. My intention has always been to ultimately tell stories that derive from Scotland. We have an extraordinary amount of talent in our country. Young, old, from many different backgrounds. I’ve been lucky enough to work with writers from the likes of Iain Banks to Irvine Welsh and I feel I have an innate understanding of Scottish writing. Our stories travel effortlessly and resonate to every corner of the planet. We have so many similarities with all the nations of this world, but also a uniqueness that makes our tales ripe for telling, and also to be showcased everywhere” said Dougray Scott.

“Authorship sits at the heart of Buccaneer and our intention has always been to promote voice. Scotland is home to two of the world’s great literary cities with a tradition of rooted, subversive, full throated roars. Buccaneer Scotland is designed to discover, nurture and take that voice to the global stage” said Buccaneer Media joint CEO Tony Wood.

“Producing ‘Crime’ in Scotland was a joy and a privilege – in Glasgow we found a story on every street. We’re very excited about our plans for Buccaneer Scotland and would like to extend our thanks to Screen Scotland and Glasgow City Council who’ve been incredibly supportive in helping us establish our new home in Glasgow” said Buccaneer Media joint CEO Richard Tulk-Hart.

“Screen Scotland worked closely with Buccaneer to facilitate Crime filming in Scotland, supporting the production and Buccaneer’s skills development work with an award from the Broadcast Content Fund. Buccaneer’s new expansion into Scotland with Dougray renews Tony and Richard’s very welcome commitment to developing authentic and entertaining drama from Scotland for international audiences” said David Smith Director of Screen at Creative Scotland.

Buccaneer also recently announced it is developing other Irvine Welsh novels for TV, ‘The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins’and ‘The Blade Artist’. Robert Carlyle (‘Trainspotting’, ‘T2: Trainspotting’, ‘The Full Monty’, ‘The World Is Not Enough’) will reprise his role as Frank Begbie in ‘The Blade Artist’, an adaptation of the novel that picks up twenty years after the events of ‘Trainspotting’.

Buccaneer Media is a partnership with Canada’s Cineflix Media.

Jon Creamer

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