Monday 16 April
We are now in the Outer Hebrides filming for the section of the programme on Whisky Galore. Whisky Galore is an Ealing comedy film based on the true story of the Politician (or Polly, as it is more affectionately known) – a ship carrying 264,000 bottles of finest malt whisky which was wrecked off Eriskay in the war, much to the islanders’ delight.
Through the local museum, we have tracked down an islander who remembers the event.
One of the original bottles from the SS Politician, on display in the pub in Eriskay
Not only does he remember his teacher turning up drunk to school but his father was one of those arrested for taking cargo off the wreck. We interview him in a very appropriate location – the one and only pub on the island.