Developed by Big Sky, this landmark series for BBC Scotland and introduced by Ashley Jensen saw contemporary writers, directors, actors, musicians and visual artists describe who or what has most inspired their own creative practice. The series was broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in Autumn 2012.

A book to accompany the series is due for release in 2015.


  • James Robertson, Writer
  • Janice Kirkpatrick, Designer
  • David Greig, Playwright
  • Hardeep Singh Kohli, Broadcaster
  • Maragert Bennett, Folklorist
  • Malcolm Fraser, Architect
  • A L Kennedy, Writer
  • Liz Lochhead, Poet
  • Christine Devaney, Dancer & Choreographer
  • Bill Brydon, Producer & Driector
  • Michael Clark, Choreographer
  • Thea Musgrave, Composer
  • Brian Cox, Actor
  • Sheila Fleet, Jeweller
  • Horse, Singer
  • Kenna Campbell, Traditional Singer
  • David Mach, Sculptor
  • Sandra Murray, Designer & Couturier
  • Will Maclean, Visual Artst
  • Tommy Smith, Saxophonist & Composer
  • Gerda Stevenson, Actor & Playwright
  • Richard Demarco, Arts Impressario
  • Sheila Stewart, Traditional Singer & Songwriter
  • Grant Morrison, Writer
  • Tony Roper, Actor & Writer
  • Calum Colvin, Visual Artist

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Project Credits

  • Concieved and developed by Bryan Beattie
  • Produced by Robert Noakes
  • Researched by James Black
  • Presented by Ashley Jensen

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