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Peigi Wood - Na Bannan

31 December 2015 at 22.00 & 4 January 2016 at 22.30 on BBC ALBA.

 

A new 30-minute documentary, “Peigi Wood – Na Bannan”, reveals the life, family & island ties of the Skye-born actress who has become a TV star at the grand age of 86.  Her portrayal of the astute and wise matriarch of Camus has earned her plaudits across the viewing generations and helped created the most popular character in BBC Alba’s Gaelic drama series, “Bannan”.

 

This was certainly not in the script for the young girl brought up in a two-roomed house in Fiscavaig in north west Skye, the youngster who was twelve years old before she travelled as far as Portree, the island’s main town, and the teenager whose first job as a hotel housemaid earned her 25 shillings a week.

Peigi Wood – Na Bannan” charts the places and the people, with all their associations & memories, that have shaped the life of this amazingly energetic and charismatic actress, as she revisits the communities and landmarks of Skye that have had special significance in her life. 

 

Those places include Fiscaviag where her parents established a home having settled the area along with a number of other crofters from Harris and Lewis, and the small village of Eynort where Peggy and her late husband Frank established their first home and raised their family.  Peggy also returns to the Sligachan Hotel where she had her first job at the age of 17, and recalls the hard work as well as the friendships and memories she holds dear to this day.

 

Peggy and Frank were always involved in community events, as contributors and supporters.  They were regulars at dances, and were stalwarts of Portnalong Players, the successful amateur drama group which won awards at National Mods and Scottish Community Drama Festivals.  Their stage performances led to small TV opportunities, but Peggy big break came when she was asked to read for the part of another Peigi, the wise  & sharp-witted grandmother of “Bannan”.  In the documentary she visits her “Bannan” home and reflects on the joys of filming days and the opportunity to share her experiences and wisdom with cast and crew – all of whom adore her.

 

Peggy’s memories are augmented by archive footage of Skye and excerpts from her varied television appearances, including the film “As an Eilean”, TV comedy “PC Alasdair Stewart”  and “Bannan”.  Her eldest daughter Nan, and close family friend Danny MacLeod will give their own accounts of Peggy Wood, her boundless energy and kindness, her love of life and inspirational sense of humour.

 

 

 

“Peigi Wood – Na Bannan” is directed by Tony Kearney of Solus Productions and produced for Sealladh TV by

Morag Stewart.