This series was first screened by Grampian Television some years ago and was surprisingly given an early evening weekday slot. Unusual for a schedule dominated by soaps. Before Scotland looks at Scotlands early history, long before the more well known periods of scottish history such as the wars of independance and the jacobite uprisings. The presenter Alistair Moffat talks with passion about his subject, taking us from the Stone Age right through to the formation of early Scotland in 843 AD.
The series consists of 6 half hour episodes. I found the later episodes to be of the most interest as we learn about the various peoples who created Scotland, the native Pictish peoples, the Britons of Strathclyde and the "Scotti" from the north of Ireland.
The series was clearly done on a budget and the reconstructions do look a bit amateurish. Also in the early episodes Mr Moffat seems to explain everything mysterious away as being down to "ritual activity". Overall though this is a very worthwhile series. Worth watching for anyone interested in early scottish history.