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Over the years, the Scots have had a terrific reputation for producing documentary films (the father of documentary, John Grierson, was himself a Scot, after all). Unfortunately, this series of films - made by whom? - is far removed from that tradition. For a start, the narration is banal in the extreme and the voiceover toneless and boring. There is also a music track that is intrusive and unsuitable for the subject matter - more appropriate to a Butlin's travelogue, I should think, than a study of the Scottish islands. The films are without feeling, without atmosphere, without any of the natural poetry one would expect. The camerawork, moreover, is perfunctory to the point of being virtually meaningless. I regret buying them.