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Tonight on Timeline: It's Bafta weekend.
We talk with film-makers hoping for a gong and find out where we're
We ask who's to blame for dangerous dog attacks.
And Andy Murray has been answering your questions.
This week we've got hold of figures that suggest serious dog
I've been hearing from one attack survivor who's
now so scared of dogs, she's frightened to
And we'll talk live with a dog expert who says councils
are not using their dog control powers properly.
Plus, as Andy Murray reveals plans to play Roger Federer in Glasgow,
we ask the world number one, and dad of one, your questions.
Any more children on the way? Not that I am aware of!
Andy will be taking more of your questions later.
First tonight, two film-makers from Scotland are up for a Bafta
award this weekend for their short film about a community in India
who live on the edge of a coal mine which has been on fire for more
Bosnian-born Samir Mehanovic and Michael Wilson from Glasgow took
a crew from Scotland to the open cast coal mine to
Timeline went to meet them ahead of Sunday night's awards.
This huge ecological disaster, people survive this. It is an
incredible place, hard to believe it exists in the modern world.
Longevity is about 50 years. It is so polluted and this does affect us.
Jharia in East India is a site of a large opencast mine. People live
around the edge, scraping together a living. I wanted to make a film
about it. It is actually a British company that opened this and the
fires have started in 1916 and they are still burning, the whole houses
are collapsing. And the humans are dying from respiratory problems.
The government wants to read highest them for a very small amount of
money, we're talking about ?5 or ?10, and the worst of the coal is
$200 billion so there is a big ecological disaster and political
game. On the last day we filmed on the coal mines the police came and
we thought they were going to shut us down. Again, our wonderful fixer
had a big discussion with this policeman and who are desperately
trying to film the scene before something happened and they shut us
down. The police man went away and I said, what happened? He said, I am
going around to his house for dinner tonight and I will pay him off. I
was told early on, do not tell them the whole story, that you are going
to India to make a film about child labourers because they will not like
it so we had to edit the truth a little bit on the working visas. I
was travelling first in Jharia and on a train journey I asked the
gentle manner across from me if he knows any school or orphanage and
could you point me to that, and I went and introduced myself and I did
a workshop with the kids. And I had a choice of two of them, I could see
one of them had some experience and the other boy had a better face and
I went for the face, I looked at him and I moved my nose like this and he
responded and that was it! This is a Scottish film with the Scottish crew
and a Scottish production and we're very proud to say that I am half
Scottish, and lower my kilt at the Bafta! -- I will wear my kilt.
There is no question that Scotland has the capacity to have another
studio. We have a studio facility at the moment but it is pretty much in
use most of the time on the TV show. Outlander. I am working on that.
They bring an American producer over and they fly them in a helicopter
and show them Glencoe ad-blocking nest and they think it is incredible
so where can we build the interior sets? There is no question that over
the years we have suffered and we have lost on work because of the
lack of a sound stages and it is time the government stepped up to
the plate and did something about it.
Well, best of luck to the guys for the Baftas.
But what about this business of a Scottish film studio?
Belle Doyle from the Association of Film and Television Practitioners
Scotland is here with Natalie Usher, who's the Director of Screen
at the Scottish government's arts agency, Creative Scotland.
How long have we been talking about a Scottish studio? Probably about 30
years. It might even be more. I think it has been a question people
have asked for a very long time. It must be frustrating? Very
frustrating. As Michael pointed out, he has a production manager. He
knows that we're capable of as a nation I think, speaking on behalf
of the crew in Scotland, who would love to have decent facilities that
are permanent because that is what Outlander has managed so far. If we
had two more Outlanders, think what we could achieve. Why is this taking
so long? Well... The studio facility at Ward Park is a converted Studios,
it was mentioned in the clip. What has been passed through the planning
is an additional two purpose-built studios. Great news for Scotland.
But we must remember that this is a commercial entity, the studio is
owned by a private company and in that, as we know, is Outlander,
returning television drama so what is important is the must find a
point in the schedule when they can construct two studios. They must
think of this as a positive and that will happen. It just needs to work
for those commercial organisations. What we also have got is the
Pentlands proposition which is going through the planning process. That
was called in by the government. It has been with them for ages? It will
be close to one year, really. You think a decision is due very soon?
It is with the Scottish government planning team and we cannot
influence that but we hope to have a decision very soon. That is a
fantastic opportunity for Scotland and we that... There are other
opportunities, there is a building in Leith, 160,000 square feet with a
tank and 30 metre ceilings and infrastructure, gantries to support
up to 20 tonnes. That is a sort of place where they can build sets so
we are marketing that and hope to build large scale productions in
Scotland and we have interesting enquiries. If that gets the
go-ahead, will that do the job? That is fine but part of my job when I
worked at Scottish screen, I was talking to people in America and
everybody is very keen to come here and film but I think the problem is
we cannot, if we cannot demonstrate some kind of commitment to sound
stages and infrastructure, people start thinking we do not have any
cruise facilities or postproduction here. Scotland becomes harder sell
we're good at selling locations but we cannot really offer any at the
moment that level of infrastructure where we start to build the crew and
start -- stopped losing people to London. What do you want's we need a
decision on Pentland, preferably by the end of February, it is supposed
to be the 22nd, that is the deadline, and we would like to
see... I think that the place in Leith is great but it needs a lot of
money spent on it so we would have to have a big production there. We
need something around Glasgow as well. Glasgow suffers because it
does not have the facilities that it should. What would you say to those
who work in this industry and who have moved to London and Hollywood
and elsewhere? Why should they stay here? Want them to stay here and
come back. What we're doing is we are trying to enhance the studio
infrastructure and Buster is more to be done, we have already got the
opportunity for the two soundstages at Ward Park, Pentland is there,
there was a huge opportunity and not huge amounts of money needs to be
spent, we would need to spend a degree of money on a production
there but there are already gantries and rigs and IT and all of that
infrastructure that is very important and makes it attractive
and it is attractive to the people we are talking to and hopefully we
will get a very big production there very soon but equally, we have
managed to attract Churchill to Scotland, that was a Brian Cox
production, we had Glenn close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, we
had Trainspotting two. We need more. We are attracting big productions?
We do agree on that. I think the frustrations for the crew are at the
slowness of just how things happen in Scotland. What we would like to
see is more like the Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland
approach, people say yes and they build it. Thank you both very much
for coming in. To be continued... Do we need to be educated more
on how to deal with dogs safely? This week a couple were jailed for
12 months after their Japanese Akita attacked 60-year-old Sylvia Baillie
in the face last summer. I caught up with her
at her home in Paisley. All I could see was the dog's teeth
coming towards me and grabbed me. It was from the year, around my jaw.
And from there, I did collapse. And I passed out. You were at a funeral
with your neighbours. Take me through what happened leading up to
this attack. After the service, we came back, we never went to the
wake, and Leanne invited us in. We did have a couple of drinks. We sat
and we spoke and the dog was next to me, I was petting it, it was fine
and it was giving me it's paw, I did not feel anything. Not intimidated.
So I got up to leave and the way I leaned over the couch to pet the
dog... Cheerio, I am away. It was fantastic all day. All I could see
was the teeth coming towards me. And grabbed me. It was from my ear,
right round my jaw. A plastic surgeon put 17 stitches on the left
side of my face. Transferred me to the Southern General Hospital, where
the ambulance had to stop twice because my blood pressure went very
low. They would not show me my face. I was allowed to go to the toilet
with my drip. I could see my face in the mirror. I was shaking like a
leaf. It was not me in that error. It was like The Elephant Man. My
face was swollen. I never went over the door for three months, I could
not eat for ten weeks. Soup and ice cream. The doctor put me on
different tablets to calm me down. I was still getting flashbacks. Do you
think you will ever be able to approach a dog again? No, no. I
cannot even visit my brother or my nephew. Because they have dogs. I
used to have dogs. For years. By kids were brought up with dogs. My
mother always had a dog. But, no, I would never approach another dog.
Are you sure you did nothing to provoke the dog? It was said in
court that he tried to kiss it? No, no. That is one thing. I never tried
to kiss the dog. The couple who had the dog, it was their baby. They
never checked that for anything. But they know about. Definitely, 100%
record I did not bent down to kiss the dog. What would you like to see
done? I don't want to take this out on the owners, I would like to see a
dog on a lead at all times and if they know it is out of control, it
should have a muzzle. It emerged in court that just two weeks before the
attack, the dog had attacked somebody else. How did you feel?
That dog should have been destroyed there and then another not be
sitting here speaking to you. It would never have happened.
Back in 2005-2006, there were 363 emergency admissions to hospitals
across Scotland involving patients bitten or struck by a dog.
But look how the number of cases has risen over the following decade.
In 2014-2015, 652 people were taken into hospital,
For the last six years councils have been able to issue
notices or orders to make you control your dog.
More than 1,000 have been handed out.
But we've found the law is being used very differently
So in Fife, for example, the council has issued 196
Compare that with Glasgow where they've only issued three.
In the studio now is Elaine Henley who's a dog behaviourist.
Just three dog control notices in Glasgow, yet the rate of attacks in
that area is rising. If the legislation working? The legislation
is working, but it is not being implemented effectively across the
board in Scotland. With the caseload that I have, because I work with
people who have problematic dogs who are attacking other dogs, dogs who
are attacking other people, my caseload for those problems is
increasing drastically. It is surprising there are such
discrepancies across Scotland with how many control notices are being
handed out. One has to go into the local parks and you see professional
dog walkers with eight, nine, ten dogs of lead, no control, rushing up
to people and children. Is there any regulation for professional dog
walkers? No, there is none. What about the local authorities? You
have trained them to enforce the notices. What is it that they are
not doing? Six years ago the Association offered their services
to the Scottish Government to deliver a training package tailored
for local authorities across Scotland in how to implement the new
dog control notices. Part of that training was what is at problem and
what is not? What useful steps they could take in their dog control
notices in order to bring the dogs under control? One of the measures
could be keeping the dog on a lead, muscling the dog. But also making
sure that they had to seek counselling, behaviour modification
therapy for the dog's problems. Come to someone like you. Yes. How often
does that happen? In the last six years I have not had one single
referral from a local authority in Scotland referring any dogs to me
for rehabilitation of their behavioural problems. Why do you
think that is? I think perhaps the councils are not effectively looking
at the legislation and enforcing it. That is problematic, especially when
given those figures. The incidences of serious injuries is increasing.
We have to remember the serious injuries are the ones that people go
into hospital for. People are less likely to go to hospital for a minor
injury, but they are still being bitten. That might be a bite, a
puncture, scratch, they are less likely to go to hospital and are
more likely to go to a GP and a chemist. Sylvia said it was not the
dog that is the problem, it is the owners, you would agree? No, I do
not agree. Behaviour begins at conception, so things that happen
even before the puppy is born May affect its future behavioural
development. The most important time in a dog's life is between three
weeks and 11 weeks. The most important time in a dog's life is in
a breeder's has, it is where the dog learns about the world, a so-so
ionisation period. The majority of that time is spent with a breeder
and not with a caregiver. One of the few clinical animal behaviours that
does puppy classes is me and I see puppies coming into my class at
eight weeks of age with problematic behaviour. People post pictures of
themselves on social media with their dogs. What do you see when you
see dogs like that? What I see is dogs that are highly stressed, they
would like to be away from the situation, they are displaying tense
body language. But people assume dogs and children will all be at
Disney dog and they will all be happy and we have to make people
more aware of that. Thank you for joining us.
I'm looking forward to seeing Rodger Federer in a kilt.
You may remember he got kilted up when he announced he'll play
Andy Murray in a charity match in Switzerland this April.
Well, Andy's returned the request and Federer will now come
to Scotland for the first time for Andy's showcase
John Beattie has been to London to meet the World number one
Tell me about being Scottish, what does Scottish mean to you? I love
being Scottish, I am very proud of being Scottish. I am very attached
to my home in Dunblane, the place means a lot to me. Yes, I like being
Scottish. What we tell him about your country? What will you show
him? His time is very precious, so he will not see much of it. In my
opinion the people are fantastic, friendly, very welcoming to people
coming to visit. Hopefully if everyone treats him well, it will be
good. Your mum has put in an application about a tennis academy.
How important is that? What would happen if it did not go ahead? I
would be sad for my mum because she has put a lot of time and effort
into it and she is doing it for all the right reasons. The Davis cup
does not suit the top players in the schedule. Would you like to see it
shifted? Not so much the schedule, I would rather have the format change.
What would you like changed? If they played it on Saturday and Sunday,
the crowds are not so good on Friday. The best of three sets on
Saturday and Sunday would guarantee live matches every day. On Sunday
the matches do not mean anything if you have a game on Friday. You have
been drugs tested four times in the last three weeks. Why? You have
never touched the stuff. No, but it is a positive thing. The more that
drugs testing is done, the better to protect your spot. Do you think some
people at the top do? At the top level in all sports there are
issues. It is not a problem in one spot more than others and that is
why drugs testing is so important, not just in tennis, but in every
sport. Loads of questions. Any more children on the way? Not that I am
aware of. Mike says, do you fancy a game in North Berwick? I have played
there before, I used to go there with my family in handicap events
and things. Yes, it was not pretty tennis conditions. Any special
rituals before a match? Special rituals? No, not really, I used to
listen to music, but not any more. What makes you sad? You are an
emotional guy, I have watched you. Lots of things make me sad. In my
tennis I do not like it when I feel I have not done myself justice or
something like that. That upsets me. Losing I do not like, but if I feel
I have played badly, then that makes me feel bad. If Lendl was at his
peak, would you hammer him or not? I do not think I would hammer him, no.
I think the surface would dictate the result is a bit. Would you ever
come back to live in Scotland? A good question. I don't know. I am
sure I will spend a lot more time there when I retire, whether I live
there or not I don't know. That is a question more for my family. It
depends if they are settled where we are just now. If you had one place
to visit for one night in Scotland, you have had a bad day, it cannot be
Dunblane, one night, one place in Scotland. I don't know. One place I
would go? It would be dumb Blaine, that is where it would be. I have
not been to loads of places in Scotland. It would be Dunblane that
is where I would go. Are you happy? Future looking good? Yes, obviously
last year was great. The first month of this year was OK. I would have
liked the Australian open to have gone better, but yes I am in a good
place. Physically I feel good. I took a little break after the
Australian open. Hopefully I will be ready to go at the Indiana Wells
Andy Murray, and looking forward to seeing him take on Federer.
If you have anything you think should be on Timeline,
then it's easy to get in touch through social media.
As ever, we'll be keeping the conversation going
Before we go though, we'd like to introduce
you to BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician
of the Year, 21-year-old Charlie Stewart from Perthshire.
Congratulations on winning, that must have been an amazing
experience. It was a shock, have not got over it, but it was great. It
was in City Hall in Glasgow, you were nervous? Yes, I was nervous.
The worst was the sound check playing into this empty room where I
have seen loads of bands and then being on the other end feels really
wrong. But it was good fun. Has your new-found fame made a big difference
this week? It has made a big difference to how many Facebook
notifications I have got and a few more e-mails. Just trying to keep my
head down and deal with it all. What made you put yourself forward in the
first place? I was actually in the pub with a guy who won it last year
and he was saying, no one has entered it, you should enter it. It
turned out there were loads of people in my competition. I said,
why have you done that to me? But I am glad he did. You want to make
music your career, but you are still studying. Yes, this afternoon I did
the sound check and I went back to study. You are going to play us out
of the programme today. What are you playing us out with? It is a very
old jig. Take it away. I will take it away. See you next week. Goodbye.
I'm giving you the best advice that he knows, like a big brother.
..from breaking the law in Scotland...