A self shooting observational documentary producer/director making engaging, thought-provoking films about real people, often filming over extended timeframes.

Darren McGarvey’s Scotland : Synopsis

6x 30’
My Role
Series Filmed and Directed
Written and Presented by
Darren McGarvey
Exec Producer BBC
David Harron
Exec Producer for Tern TV
Harry Bell
Prod Co
Tern TV
BBC Scotland
Transmission Date
10pm, Tues 3rd Sept
10pm, Tues 10th Sept
10pm, Tues 17th Sept
10pm, Tues 24th Sept
10pm, Tues 1st Oct
10pm, Tues 8th Oct

Nominated for an Orwell Prize: Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2020.

In Darren McGarvey’s Scotland, Loki the activist and Orwell Prize author of "Poverty Safari" confronts the rampant rise of poverty and inequality that face one in five of us.

From the drug death crisis to domestic abuse, aspiration to crime, faith to food banks, gender inequality to ill mental health, homelessness to life expectancy, Darren sets his steely gaze on what can be done to make change.

Meeting inspirational people and those struggling, his message is clear: “The people who know best are in the communities. These are the people who have a true investment in trying to find an answer to this problem.”

  • Ep 1 - Dundee: Drug Death Capital
  • Ep 2 - Edinburgh: Crime
  • Ep 3 - West Dunbartonshire: Worst Place to be a Woman
  • Ep 4 - Glasgow: Dying Young
  • Ep 5 - Scottish Borders: Rural Poverty & Mental Health
  • Ep 6 - Aberdeen: Poverty at Home