River City

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River City
Genre Soap opera
Created by Stephen Greenhorn
Starring Present cast
Opening theme River City theme
Ending theme River City theme
Country of origin Scotland
Original language(s) English, Scots
No. of episodes 877 (as at 21 Oct 2014)
Production
Location(s) Dumbarton, Scotland
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 30 minutes (2002–07);
60 minutes (2007–)
Production company(s) BBC Scotland
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One Scotland
Picture format HDTV (1080i)
Original run 24 September 2002 (2002-09-24) – present
External links
Official website

River City is a Scottish television soap opera, first broadcast on BBC Scotland on 24 September 2002. River City features the lives of the people who live and work in the fictional district of Shieldinch in Glasgow, with sets in a pub, bistro, community centre, café, various small businesses, subway station and basketball court.

The series was originally screened as two half-hour episodes per week. A one hour-long episode is now broadcast each week - usually Tuesday evenings on BBC One Scotland (while Holby City is broadcast across the rest of the UK's BBC One), repeated Sunday afternoons on either BBC One Scotland or BBC Two Scotland.

In Australia, River City is screened 11:00am weekdays on Seven's multichannel 7Two.

Setting[edit]

River City is set in the city of Glasgow, the largest city of Scotland. The central focus of the show is the fictional West End district of Shieldinch, which was famous for its shipyard (1860–1930) and was originally going to be titled "Shieldinch Stories". Therefore, Shieldinch's local pub was named after the area's shipbuilding heritage, being called The Tall Ship. In reality River City is filmed in the nearby town of Dumbarton, where there is a purpose built set for the soap.

Characters[edit]

River City is built around the ideas of relationships and families, with each character having a place within the community. The range of characters in River City deal with family problems, upset and conflict, yet working together in times of needs. The first central family in River City was the Hamilton family consisting of Malcolm Hamilton, his daughters, Eileen Donachie and Gina Hamilton, and Gina's daughters Ruth Rossi and Joanne Rossi. The second central family in River City during the early days was the Henderson family; both families have evolved throughout the years.

The Hamilton and Adams–Mullen families have been central to many notable River City storylines, the show having been dominated by the Hamiltons from the show's inception in 2002, as well as the Adams–Mullen families from around 2003. Early 2007 saw the show dominated by the newly introduced Murdoch clan, whilst after that, more of an emphasis was put on the Hamilton family once again. The year 2008 saw a couple move to Shieldinch, the McKees, featuring in many storylines from their own lives and problems. As well as this, 2009 saw the introduction of the students and the hairdressers, consisting of father, daughter and two stylists.

Storylines[edit]

2002[edit]

The series began on 24 September 2002, with the wedding of Eileen and Tommy Donachie, who then owned the local public house, The Tall Ship, with their respective families celebrating coming together. However, Eileen's ex-husband and father of her two children, turned up on their wedding day and it became apparent that he was unhappy, as was Eileen's old flame Lewis Cope, who also turned up on in Shieldinch. Gina Rossi's daughter Joanne had an affair with her sister's Ruth's partner, Cormac, with him making an enemy of Lewis as well as many others. Eileen eventually had a sordid affair with Lewis, which marked the end of her marriage to Tommy. Next came the controversial relationship of an underage Kirsty Henderson with Russ, which made father Raymond livid, and in the same year, Derek Henderson's absent mother Alice turned up after a sixteen-year absence leading to be a real mother to Derek. However, it was soon revealed that George, Derek's grandfather had paid Alice off to leave him for good, and he brought him up instead. The new temptress of Shieldinch, Joanne fell for Nazir Malik, which led to nothing but heartache, however Shieldinch did have a happy Christmas.[1]

2003[edit]

In 2003, Eileen's estranged husband Tommy was knocked dead by the 'Shieldinch Strangler' who attacked many residents over a length of time, leading them all to fear their lives. Revenge became a big part of everyone's lives as an abrupt Ewan injected Lewis with heroin in order to get his own back, which led to Lewis becoming HIV positive, and having to telling his partner Alice, who had already suffered a lot of misfortune. Young 'Shellsuit Bob' declared his love for Zara Malik who had been getting bullied for her race and her culture's traditions, however it didn't last, but Bob didn't worry about it any longer, as he had big problems when sassy Scarlett Adams rocked up in her ice cream van, causing mayhem among the residents of Shieldinch and ruffled a few feathers to say the least. Joanne after a failed relationship with Nazir, had his child, a baby boy, naming him Franco after her late father. But soon Joanne was in for more heartache when Helen kidnapped baby Franco, and even though Cormac managed to find him, Helen snatched him once again, threatening to jump into the river with the baby, as she was jealous of her husband's relationships with other women, however Ewan managed to persuade her not to do it. Whilst in the same year, Gina discovered that her new love interest, Dr. Marcus McKenzie was a brutal rapist, and soon Gina was one of his unsuspecting victims, leaving her scared for months on end, having to come to terms with her attack, and as well as Gina, Marcus attempted to rape Heather Bellshaw, however she fought back and attacked him, whilst murdering him in the process, leaving Gina's daughter Joanne in the frame. Later in the year, Hazel was kidnapped by a mentally ill Brian Henderson who became obsessed with her.[2]

2004[edit]

When 2004 came, Brian's problems seemed to get worse, and when he took his grandmother Moira for a joyride, he killed her in the process, however he walked away alive, and people began to see his problems were worse than they first thought. Hazel who was still kidnapped by Brian was rescued by Vader and they fell in love in the process, and soon trouble arose between Billy Davies and Lewis Cope, when Billy gambled a night with his wife Della, in a poker game but lost too Lewis. Roisin also was revealed to have a secret, a daughter who she had put up for adoption when she was young, Alanna when Raymond orchestrated a reunion sixteen years later! However, troubled Alanna got involved with a married Vader who was just using her, which led to disastrous consequences. Bob fell in love with a scheming Michelle, and her young baby Rochelle, and Eileen had yet another affair, this time with her sister's partner, Archie Buchanan. New characters the Cullen family turned up in Shieldinch that year, including sisters Zoe and Nicki and their drug addict mother Patricia, and that same year Heather was in the dock at Marcus' trial. Marcus' daughter Steph McKenzie avenged her father's murder by stabbing Joanne who she thought had murdered him, and Raymond married once again, this time to Roisin McIntyre. Dr. Vinnie Shah also committed suicide after being blackmailed from Zoe by giving her drugs to sell to pay for her families rent, amongst other things.[3]

2005[edit]

In 2005, when Ruth came back from Italy, she told Robbie Macfarlane she had been married, however he didn't believed her until Marty actually turned up and they proclaimed their love to everyone. Local hardman McCabe also showed his softer side when his daughter Natalie Stewart, who had downs syndrome, turned up. Bubba Law and Declan Hartley's affair was discovered and wrecked Abbi and Declan's marriage, and Robyn Hunter was left in pieces as her partner Mac got together with a much younger Zoe Cullen. This led to Alice wanting to revenge and in order to do this she downloaded child pornography on Mac's laptop, leading herself to get six months in prison, and Alisha arrived in Shieldinch to carry on Vinnie's work, and her brother's lives. Alanna had yet more problems as her abusive and alcoholic father, Alex turned up in Shieldinch to haunt her, however he suffering was over when he caused his own death as his caravan went up in flames, with Raymond, Roisin and Alanna narrowly escaping it. Soon the devious Archie Buchanan wormed his way back into Gina's life after his affair with her sister Eileen, and Heather got the shock of her life when her estranged husband Duncan turned up with her daughter Freya! Franco's secret son, Luca came from Italy to meet his estranged family but his presence caused a lot of trouble, and he wasn't the only one when predatory Mac turned his attentions to young Nicki, which led to his family forcing him out of Shieldinch for good. Michelle and Kevin took Bob for everything he had, eventually robbing him and escaped Shieldinch to an unknown location with baby Rochelle. Della then gave birth to Lewis Cope's baby, but Billy still wanted to be a proper Dad too him. Terrified Scarlett who was shoved into a van by McCabe, met up with her jailbird son Stevie, and Ruth's mental health took a turn for the worse as she made policeman Harry Black's life hell after making allegations against him and she spiralled out of control after taking things out on those who are closest to her.[4]


2011[edit]

Scarlett diagnosed with Ovarian cancer. Lenny Murdoch returns in 2011 and gets involved in a storyline where his daughter Amber is having money troubles with McCabe which leads to Amber shooting McCabe and McCabe's mother wanting to hunt Lenny down for thinking he killed her "precious"son so she sends her daughter to spy on him as Lenny tries to take control over McCabe's empire. McCabe's mother supposedly died after she failed to set Lenny on fire and her daughter Vivian gives DCI Craig Donald names of contacts her brother McCabe had so that Donald can take them down.

2012[edit]

The Lenny Story continues as Gabriel Brodie gets involved and Lenny sends Gabriel to spy on Sean Kennedy by working for him who is pimping out local prostitutes and is supposedly a rival to Lenny's predecessor Thomas McCabe. Sean Kennedy starts to target Michael Brodie who is in jail for killing Cammy who had Michael's daughter Nicole under his grip and Cammy was supposedly one of Kennedy's henchmen. Kennedy is then murdered by Raymond Henderson by a blow to the head with a fire poker after discovering that Kennedy was responsible for hitting Deek with his car and causing him to die later in hospital. Raymond then proceeds to stage a gas leak in the Tall Ship with Kennedy's Zippo Lighter set on the ground alight as the gas leaks in. The gas leak causes the Tall Ship to blow up. in the aftermath Raymond never got arrested but Sean's father Billy starts to turn up having Vengeance on his mind kidnapping Stevie Burns at first and then got arrested then was released and tried to get a new deal out of his son's arch-rival Lenny Murdoch.

2013[edit]

The drama is still ongoing in Shieldinch when Stella and Stevie's affair turns from bad to worse, and when Stella's brother Mark turns up, things get hard. Scarlett is worried after she believes her cancer is back which she fought against in 2011. Also babies are being born - Nicole reveals to Stevie that she is pregnant and that the baby is his, yet to find out that the father is actually someone she met in a club. Nicole is going through a tough time but when Young Gareth shows up as Billy Kennedy's Worker but soon Gareth was Determined to get rid of his Scum life with Billy and Start a family with Nicole which means he had to tell the Police everything.[clarification needed] After a while Nicole's baby was born but as it was happening Gareth had been found out about his lies to Billy and Grassing to the police, so Billy shot him in the head and he fell into the river. Stevie and Stella are excited as a baby is on the way but when Stella's brother Mark returns, demons head their way, as Stevie sounds fed up with Mark. Mark then causes a fight with some dealers in the flat and Stella loses her baby. Stevie blames Mark for everything and when Stevie comes on he sees Mark choking after taking drugs. He went to call his best friend Raymond and they try and save his life.

2014 (January–August)[edit]

Zinnie battles Mark McAllistair to the courtrooms as she tries to put her Hogmanay rapist away forever. Gabriel and Mandy try to keep their steamy liaison from Mandy's gangster husband Billy, but their luck runs out and a dramatic showdown leaves one of them dead. Nicole is at breaking point after losing Gareth and decides to move to Aberdeen for a new start. It's battle stations for Eileen as she tries to fight off the council demolishing the very heart of Shieldinch. Meanwhile, Robbie and Will are giving their relationship another go and decide to adopt. But it soon becomes clear to them, that it is a lot harder than they originally thought. With The Lotherhill Development ongoing in Shieldinch Murray fears the worst when he believed The local Councillor (Eileen) has been bought off as she soon becomes for the development to take place. Eileen has been bought off by Lenny Murdoch as he is trying to help MSP Frank Paton build his new development on Toxic he said to Eileen that he knows she tried to cover up Sean Kennedy's Murder in 2012 after he had knocked down beloved deek Henderson. The Lindsey's arrive in Shieldinch and are the new faces in the Brodie's old house they start heavely when youngest Daughter Kirsty is Caught drinking alcohol in which she later tells Zinnie lies about her Dad Alan. Alan is the Project Manager for the Shieldinch Development and was far from happy when he found out about building on Toxic. Angus Lindsey has made a deal with Bob to do Fake MOT's for Stolen Cars.

Elsewhere Billy Kennedy gets sent down for 20 years for Killing his Lawyer Paul Maleik and tipping his body on a railway track.

Kirsty Lindsay makes up lies about community man Murray Crozier before the case goes to court she tells everyone she was only kidding and Murray Leaves Shieldinch.

Robbie and Will get a 3 Month trial foster son Finn McKay, Finn is in search for his sister but is not a loud to look for her. He gets involved with school girl Kirsty and they both make Accusations against Murray Crozier. Finn has a Row with Will and Robbie and goes to Robbie's Salon and trash's everything after will finding out about it and chasing Finn down the street Finn hits his head against a Wooden Pole Several Times and Accuses will of Hitting him. Finn eventually decides to drop charges after social Worker Sandra has a word, He goes back to Stay with Will and Robbie.

Raymond is Murdered by Councilor Frank Paton but makes it look like suicide DI Donald is soon on his case and arrests Frank.DCI Rachel Grant Returns to Shieldinch.

Eileen Resigns from the council department after Raymonds Death. Alan Lindsay and Alex McAllister have a fight but soon get on with things as Alan says he wished he had never met him. Kelly Marie finishes her Relationship with Alex after having some home truths from lenny telling her that he knew about the Cancers right from the start of his Dodgy Development.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
2006 Bafta Scotland Award Best Drama Programme River City Nominated [5]
Bafta Scotland Award Audience Award River City Nominated [5]
Great Scot Award Entertainment Award River City Won [6]
2009 Bafta Scotland Award Television Drama River City Nominated [7][8]
Scotland Variety Award Best New Scottish Actor or Actress Lisa Gardner (Jo Rossi) Nominated [9]
2010 Scotland Variety Award Best New Scottish Actor or Actress Lorna Craig (Jennifer Bowie) Won [10][11][12]
New Talent Award Acting Performance Keira Lucchesi (Stella Walker) Nominated [13][14]
2011 New Talent Award Producer: Fiction/Factual Lizzie Gray Nominated [15]
2012 Scotland Variety Award Best New Scottish Actor or Actress Kiera Lucchesi (Stella Walker) Nominated [16]
  • Audience Award was specifically for Most Popular Television Programme.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "River City - Photo Galleries". BBC. 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  2. ^ "River City - Photo Galleries". BBC. 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  3. ^ "River City - Photo Galleries". BBC. 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  4. ^ "River City - Photo Galleries". BBC. 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  5. ^ a b http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338653/awards
  6. ^ "Great Scot! River City Wins Award". bbc.co.uk. 6 November 2006. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Scottish BAFTA nominations announced". film.list.co.uk. 30 October 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "BAFTA Scotland Nomination". bbc.co.uk. 20 October 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Scottish Variety Awards 2009". bbc.co.uk. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Variety Mac". thescottishsun.co.uk. 27 March 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Perth’s Lorna Craig wins top award for River City performances". perthshireadvertiser.co.uk. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Lorna Craig's a winner!". bbc.co.uk. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "New Talent Awards Winners in 2010". bafta.org. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Bafta New Talent Awards - Friday, 19 March". bbc.co.uk. 19 March 2010. Retrieved 25 September.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  15. ^ "New Talent Awards 2011". bafta.org. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "Scottish Variety Awards". clyde1.com. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 

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