Katie Morag and the Big Balloon Katie Morag


Katie Morag and the Big Balloon

Live-action children's show set in Scotland. Uncle Matthew and Katie Morag make a new friend when a hot-air balloon lands on the Isle of Struay.


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# Katie Morag

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# Run away across the ocean

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# Katie Morag

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# Over the sea to Struay

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# Katie Morag

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# Run away across the ocean

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# Katie Morag

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# Over the sea to Struay #

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'My name is Katie Morag McColl and I live on the island of Struay.

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'I suppose it's quite wee but it's ginormous to me

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'and everyone looks out for me

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'when I'm out and about having my adventures.'

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This is where I live with my family.

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My mum and dad run the shop and post office.

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This is the bedroom I share with my brother, Liam.

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My mum says it's an absolute midden.

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This is the croft where Grannie Island lives

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with her animals and hens.

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This is the village where Neilly Beag lives!

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Hello! How're you doing?

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'And I think it's the best place in the whole entire world

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'and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.'

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# Katie Morag. #

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'I reckon balloons must be the greatest invention, ever.

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'You can play with them, use them as decorations, or just blow them up...

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'and let them go.

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'So I couldn't believe it when Mum said a real-life

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'hot-air balloon with someone in it,

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'was going to be flying over Struay.

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'I figured we should send up a wee one of our own to say hello.

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'Problem is, normal balloons don't float very well.

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'You can throw them up, but they come right back down again.

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'I needed to come up with an extra specially brilliant idea.

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'And that's exactly what I did.'

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-RADIO ANNOUNCER:

-'As Hollywood superstar Candice Kennedy approaches

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'the end of her round-the-world balloon challenge,

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'she's taken a detour over the Hebridean island of Struay.'

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-See! I told you.

-Isn't that something!

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She's putting Struay on the map!

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Och, Struay's already on the map! Last time I looked, anyway.

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I'm not sure about all this.

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-RADIO ANNOUNCER:

-'In her latest movie, she plays Flora MacDonald,

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'the Hebridean heroine who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie

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'avoid capture after the Battle of Culloden.

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'Miss Kennedy herself spent a summer on Struay as a child,

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'and says Scotland has always had a special place in her heart...'

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-Oh, isn't that lovely!

-I've never heard of her.

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Away ye go! She's famous. Look.

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Well, surely I'd remember her, if she'd spent a summer on this island?

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-I'm really not sure about all this.

-Dad?

-Yes, sweetheart?

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Could I have a wee cup of bubbles so I can

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blow them into the sky to say hello?

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That's a great idea.

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Well, you better move fast, or you'll miss her!

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'If balloons of the best invention ever, bubbles are the second-best.

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'But blowing them isn't as easy as it looks.

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'Especially when your little brother likes bursting them

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'every bit as much as you like blowing them.'

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-Any sign?

-Not yet.

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'I couldn't help wondering where all my bubbles had gone.

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'Maybe they did reach the big balloon,

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'and they're flying across the big sea with the world-famous film star.'

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I don't think she's coming.

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It wouldn't take much to blow her off course.

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Look at the way those bubbles are going!

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That's a shame. I've never seen anyone famous before.

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You see them on the telly every night, sweetheart.

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-It doesn't count either on the telly, Peter!

-Can't even find us.

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Shows you how much she knows about Struay.

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-GRANNIE ISLAND SIGHS

-I'm not at all sure about this.

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Now, remember to tell Uncle Matthew everybody's asking for him.

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Mum, what does famous mean?

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You know what famous means.

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-I do know that Dad's famous.

-Is he?

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For being voted the best shopkeeper here in Struay.

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He's the ONLY shopkeeper here, in Struay.

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-But he has won it three years in a row.

-That's true.

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And he said that you were famous for burning the porridge.

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Oh-ho-ho! Did he now?

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Though I also said I'd grown to love its unique, smoky taste.

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Hmmm. Well.

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There's famous and there's famous-famous,

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and Candice Kennedy is what you would call famous-famous.

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Right. Come on, you two! Uncle Matthew's waiting.

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I love walking to Uncle Matthew's house with Dad,

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because we always see something new.

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This time, it was holiday-makers snorkelling in the water.

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So how do people become famous-famous?

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Oh, well. Lots of different ways.

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Could be actors on the telly,

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or pop stars, or they could play shinty for Kingussie.

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But why do they become famous if they're only just doing their job?

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Good question.

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-So, who decides who becomes famous?

-Well, we do, I suppose.

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Ordinary folk, like us.

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So long as we like reading about them,

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the papers will keep on writing about them.

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Would you like to be as famous as Candice Kennedy?

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Me? No way!

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'I was glad Dad wasn't famous, because that meant

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'I had him all to myself.

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'We could do the things we always did without people bothering us.

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'We could climb the hills like we always did,

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'we could walk beside loch like we always did,

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'we could cut through the muck at the bog, like we always did.

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'Thank goodness I was wearing my wellies.

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'And, when we finally arrived at uncle Matthew's house, we'd see him

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'smiling and waving at us, just like he always did. Except this time...'

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-Matthew!

-Matthew!

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'..he didn't!'

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Matthew, we're here!

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'Everything looked a bit strange.

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'The vegetable garden was only half done,

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'and everything looked a bit of a mess, even messier than usual.

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'Strangest of all, two empty plates

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'and two glasses of elderberry fizz were sitting on the garden table.

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'Why would Uncle Matthew need two plates and two glasses?'

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-Matthew! Ah, they you are!

-Hello!

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What's with the plates and...?

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I... have a visitor! Heh.

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-You never have visitors.

-Except us.

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Well, I do today.

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'Matthew!'

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RADIO ANNOUNCER: 'Hollywood star, Candice Kennedy,

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'was due to arrive in Flodigarry an hour ago,

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'on the latest stage of her balloon trip.

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'But so far, there's no sign of her.

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'Miss Kennedy's support team are trying to make radio contact,

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'but say that they aren't yet concerned for her safety.'

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I bet she's gone off for an ice cream.

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Maybe she just wants some time to herself.

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-That girl did not spend a summer in Struay.

-Why d'ye keep saying that?

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Because it's true! If she'd spent a summer here, we'd remember.

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I'm thinking she's not the one saying it at all.

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I'm thinking someone is making it up!

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Why would they do that?

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Because it makes a good story for the papers.

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I don't often say this, Neilly Beag, but I think you're absolutely right.

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SEAGULLS SING

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Hi!

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Oh, my goodness! It's you, isn't it?

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Last time I checked!

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-(It's her!) It's Candice Kennedy!

-Do you know each other?

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It's Candice Kennedy?

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World-famous Hollywood superstar, Candice Kennedy.

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Oh. Right.

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-I don't watch much telly.

-I don't blame you.

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Now, who wants some of this delicious elderberry fizz?

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-Wow.

-I'd love some!

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-Do you remember that talent contest in Oban?

-How could I forget it?

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-Mmm. Thought I was going to be the next Madonna!

-Madonna!

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-You were better than Madonna.

-Oh, I wasn't really!

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Your voice is every bit as good!

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And you were juggling with tennis balls at the same time!

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-Has Madonna ever done that?

-You know, I don't think she has.

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Still didn't win, though.

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-Well, maybe if you hadn't run off, halfway through the song.

-Mmm.

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-And the crying probably didn't help.

-Ach.

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But apart from that, you were great!

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You've missed a bit.

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'Candice had wanted some peace and quiet away from all the TV cameras.

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'So, instead of passing over Struay, she decided to land here, instead.

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'Luckily, Uncle Matthew didn't know who she was.

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'So, instead of making a fuss,

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'he made her the best vegetable curry she'd ever tasted.'

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Do you like being famous?

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Sometimes. Not all the time.

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-What's good about it?

-I get to do good work.

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I get to do that at school.

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I meet interesting people!

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There's LOTS of interesting people here, in Struay.

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Do you know, my real name isn't Candice Kennedy?

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-It's Wilma Whitesellen.

-I like that one better.

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So do I!

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Did you really spend a summer here in Struay?

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Nah, it's just a story they made up for the papers.

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But now I've seen it, I wish I had.

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I don't think I want to be famous when I'm older.

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What DO you want to be when you grow up?

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Mmm, I think I'll just be me.

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'Candice had to get going,

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'but she said she's definitely come back to visit us again,

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'and the next time, she'd stay a whole lot longer.'

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We'd better run!

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-Thanks for everything.

-Don't mention it.

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-You have a lovely family.

-Aye.

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-I don't see them enough.

-Why not?

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Well, the village here in Struay can get awful busy

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and I'm really not that fond of crowds.

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Where I live in Los Angeles can be busy, too.

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Does that mean you won't be able to visit me?

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Well, I could maybe start taking the odd walk down to the post office,

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try and get used to being in among the hurly-burly!

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I think that's a great idea.

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Aye, me too.

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Goodbye, Matthew.

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I'll see you again.

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-You'll never guess what happened!

-Not now, Peter!

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That's Candice Kennedy up there!

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'The balloon passed low overhead,

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'and if you listened hard, you could almost hear something.'

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Hello, Isobel!

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-Ha! Did you hear that?

-Hear what?

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I think she shouted my name!

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-Hi, Neilly Beag!

-I certainly heard that!

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Och, she must have spent a summer in Struay right enough

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if she can recognise me from that far up!

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Bye, Peter! Bye, Katie Morag!

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Bye, Wilma Whitesellen!

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Who's "Wilma Whitesellen"?

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It's a long story.

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'Bye, Katie Morag!'

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'I don't think I'll ever be famous.

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'After all, I'm just Katie Morag McColl,

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'from the tiny wee island of Struay.

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'But I really wouldn't want it any other way.'

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Uncle Matthew and Katie Morag make a new friend when a hot-air balloon lands on the Isle of Struay.


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