The Culture Swally

The Culture Swally

Celebrating the best of Scottish film and TV shows. Each episode we will take a look at some bizarre and funny news stories from Scotland and review one of our favourite Scottish films and TV shows. So join us for a Swally, on The Culture Swally!


February 22, 2024 97 mins

We’re getting spooky on the latest episode of The Culture Swally as we take a look at the 2018 Netflix film Malevolent. Starring Florence Pugh, Ben Lloyd Hughes, Celia Imrie and our favourite James Cosmo, it follows a group of fake paranormal investigators who suffer the ultimate reality check when confronted by the true horrors that lie hidden within a haunted orphanage.

In the news we hear about a disa...

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On this episode we are covering the 1992 film written by and starring Peter Capaldi, Soft Top Hard Shoulder. Having failed to make it in London as a comic-book artist, Gavin Bellini (Capaldi) - an Italian-Glaswegian from an ice-cream dynasty - reluctantly yields to his uncle's demands that he return home for his dad's sixtieth birthday party; if he makes it, the uncle played by Richard Wilson, may give him a share of ...

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January 25, 2024 118 mins

It’s the Silver Jubilee tour of the legendary Scottish rock and roll band The Majestics as we look at the absolute classic Tutti Fruitti. Starring Robbie Coltrane, Emma Thompson and Richard Wilson, the six part series follows The Majestics on the eve of their tour, when their lead singer Big Jazza McGlone, is killed in an unfortunate kebab related car accident.

In the news we hear the latest on our favou...

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January 11, 2024 118 mins

It’s our Best of the News 2023 special! Yes, that’s right, Nicky and Greg are being lazy and having an extra week off for the festive season, so have put together a clip show of our favourite news stories from 2023.

Join us as we hear about a woman who had her eyebrows blown off, a woman who has a very nosy neighbour and have a sing song with the lads in Saughton Prison. We also meet a man who likes dres...

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December 28, 2023 121 mins

Happy Hogmanay! Yes, it’s our Hogmanay episode on The Culture Swally and we’re covering a Scottish institution. We are looking at the 1999 episode of the wonderful Jonathan Watson show, Only An Excuse? Taking a look at the good and bad of Scottish football with a whole host of characters including; Sir Alex Ferguson, Chick Young, Frank McAvennie, Graeme Souness, Dick Advocaat and Sir Kenny Dalglish.


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December 14, 2023 94 mins

It’s The Swally Christmas Special! This week we take a look at one of the more bizarre Scottish items set at Christmas as we join Robbie Coltrane in 1992’s The Bogie Man. Following a mental patient who believes he is Humphrey Bogart when he escapes from his institution and sets about solving a case around Glasgow.

The Bogie Man is available on YouTube here:

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November 30, 2023 122 mins

It’s Saint Andrews Day! So to celebrate the patron saint of Scotland we’re featuring something starring the patron saint of The Swally, James Cosmo, as we look at 2018’s Outlaw King. Directed by David Mackenzie, and set in Scotland during the 14th century, it follows the Scottish King Robert the Bruce who starts a rebellion against the English empire after the fall of William Wallace and leads his small group of fight...

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November 16, 2023 103 mins

On this episode of The Swally, we’re going back to 1979, as we look at the BBC adaptation of John Byrne’s, The Slab Boys. Taking place in the Slab Room of a carpet manufacturer in Paisley, the play follows  the antics of Slab Boys Phil, Spanky and Hector as they try to scrape through life in the 50s. Starring Gerard Kelly, Billy McColl, Joseph McKenna and Tom Watson, Slab Boys is available to watch on YouTube here: ht...

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November 2, 2023 102 mins

It’s the annual Swally Spooktacular! On this episode we look at the 2014 horror film, Let Us Prey. Starring Liam Cunningham, Pollyanna Macintosh, Jonathan Watson, Bryan Larkin, Douglas Russell and Hanna Stanbridge amongst others, it tells the story of Rachel, a rookie cop about to begin her first shift in a Scottish police station in a small town. But when a mysterious stranger arrives in town, all hell breaks loose.


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On this episode of The Swally we are looking at series two of the Irvine Welsh written adaptation of Crime. Starring Dougray Scott, Joanna Vanderham and Ken Stott, series two picks up a few months after the events of series one. When one of Lennox’s former colleagues is attacked, Lennox and Drummond quickly realise that all is not as it seems as they become embroiled in a case about vengeance, identity and social just...

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We’re back in Maryhill on this episode as we look at the classic Taggart episode ‘Nest of Vipers’. In this case, the discovery of two skulls at a building site causes DCI Jim Taggart to re-open a missing person enquiry from four years earlier. As an university professor begins to reconstruct the faces of the murder victims, a batch of poisonous snakes and spiders are stolen from a Glasgow biotech company, and are then...

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September 21, 2023 114 mins

We are polishing our lamps and practicing our knots on the latest episode of The Culture Swally as we look at the 2018 film, The Vanishing. Starring Peter Mullan, Gerard Butler and Connor Swindells and based on the Flannan Isle mystery, it tells the tale of three lighthouse keepers who find a hidden trunk of gold, leading to their mysterious disappearance.

In the news we meet a scrapyard Gangsta Granny w...

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September 7, 2023 95 mins

On this episode of The Culture Swally, we are discussing the third and final series of the darkly comic Scottish drama from Neil Forsyth, Guilt. Starring Mark Bonnar and Jamie Sives, series three picks up a year after the end of series two, which saw Max heading to Chicago to join Jake. Roy Lynch was last seen on his balcony with Teddy and is presumed to be dead, leaving his widow Maggie Lynch to take charge of the fa...

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August 24, 2023 99 mins

We’re off on our barge this week on The Culture Swally, as we look at the 2003 film, Staring Ewan McGregor, Peter Mullan, Tilda Swinton and Emily Mortimer, Young Adam. The film follows McGregor as a  young drifter working on a river barge who disrupts his employers' lives while hiding the fact that he knows more about a dead woman found in the river than he admits.

In the news we meet a shopkeeper called...

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August 10, 2023 100 mins

It’s Thursday, so you know what that means! Late Night Shopping! Yes, on The Swally this week, we look at the 2001 film, starring James Lance, Kate Ashfield, Luke de Woolfson and Enzo Cilenti. It follows Sean, Vincent, Jody and Lenny who work graveyard shifts in various soul-killing jobs (a hospital, a supermarket, a factory and a call centre, respectively) and meet up in a cafe after work to kill time.


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We’re off to sea on this episode of The Culture Swally as we look at the 2013 film, For Those In Peril. Written and directed by Paul Wright, it tells the tale of a remote Scottish fishing community, coming to terms with a tragedy. Starring George MacKay, Kate Dickie, Jordan Young and Michael Smiley, it was a first viewing for both Nicky and Greg.

In the news we meet the most petty neighbour in charge of ...

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We’ve covered a few police shows on The Swally over the years, but nothing quite like this as we look at the pilot episode and the first series of BBC Scotland’s Scot Squad! The series is a fly on the wall documentary, following the fictional 'Scottish Police Force’, essentially the Real Life Police Scotland, a newly unified force that polices the whole of Scotland. Starring Jack Docherty, Jordan Young, Darren Connell...

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June 29, 2023 100 mins

It’s a listener request this week on The Swally as we cover the wonderful Ken Loach film from 1998, My Name Is Joe, as selected by Gary from Doric Skateboards. Starring Peter Mullan, Gary Lewis, Louise Goodall, Dave McKay and David Hayman, it tells the tale of two thirtysomethings, unemployed former alcoholic Joe, who manages his local football team full of recovering addicts and Sarah, a community health worker. When...

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We’re heading back to 1983 on this episode of The Swally as we look at the 2023 BBC documentary Aberdeen ’83 Once in a Lifetime.The definitive story of how Aberdeen FC went from the nearly men of Scottish football to winning both the European Cup Winners Cup and European Super Cup.

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June 1, 2023 135 mins

We’ve covered a few Irvine Welsh adaptations on the Swally and on this episode we delve into the film adaptation of his 1994 book, The Acid House. Covering just three of the 22 short stories featured in the book; The Granton Star Cause, A Soft Touch and the story which the book takes it’s name from, The Acid House. Starring Ewen Bremner, Kevin McKidd, Michelle Gomez, Stephen McCole, Maurice Roeves and a whole host of ...

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