BBC Two Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: BBC Dhà Alba) was the national variation of BBC Two for BBC Scotland. It was broadcast via digital television and was the sister Scottish channel of BBC One Scotland and Gaelic-language BBC Alba. Unlike BBC One Scotland, which broadcasts its own continuity with only rare exceptions, BBC Two Scotland would opt in and out of BBC Two network continuity throughout the day.
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)|
|Sister channels||BBC One Scotland|
|Launched||9 July 1966 |
30 March 2001 (digital version)
|Replaced||BBC Choice Scotland (Digital version)|
|Closed||17 February 2019 |
31 December 2010 (digital version)
|Replaced by||BBC Scotland|
|Former names||BBC 2 Scotland (9 July 1966 – 16 February 1991)|
BBC Scotland On 2 (16 February 1991 – 4 October 1997)
(at time of closure)
Prior to digital switchover, 'BBC Two Scotland' and 'BBC Two Scotland (Digital)' were listed as separate channels by some guides, but were effectively the same channel, broadcasting identical feeds as part of the transition to digital television.
On 24 February 2019, the BBC launched the BBC Scotland channel, a new autonomous service that broadcasts a nightly lineup of Scottish programming. In preparation for its launch, BBC Two Scotland was discontinued and replaced by the national version beginning 18 February. BBC Scotland officially broadcasts from 19:00 to 00:00 nightly, but simulcasts BBC Two daily from 12:00 to 19:00, and may opt out for sport and political broadcasts of regional interest during this period. BBC Two Scotland remained on the Sky EPG on channel 970 until 28 February 2019. From 18 to 27 February 2019, BBC Two Scotland simulcasted BBC Two (England region).
Similarly to BBC One Scotland, BBC Two Scotland offered differing programming from the UK-wide network specifically aimed at Scottish viewers. Often, this was more specialised programming such as Artworks Scotland, Holyrood Live and the Gaelic strands branded as BBC Two (Dhà) Alba.
During the daytime and overnight schedules, BBC Scotland replaced some of the national education programming for shows better targeted at the separate Scottish education system and replacing some politics strands with coverage of Scottish politics. BBC Sport Scotland would sometimes use BBC Two Scotland to broadcast live coverage of more minority sports, such as athletics and shinty, with some sports such as mountain biking and cross-country showcased in The Adventure Show.
The Music Show was launched on BBC Two Scotland in November 2005, presented by Shantha Roberts. Its programming included live performances from a wide range of musical styles, with bands filmed around the country at different venues and unusual locations, rather than in the studio. Musical styles included indie, jazz, folk, funk, hip hop and electro pop. Its last shows were broadcast in November 2014.
Other examples of BBC Two Scotland programmes include:
- "New BBC Scotland TV channel launches". BBC News. 24 February 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
- "Where to find the new BBC Scotland TV channel". BBC News. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
- "BBC faces strict quotas to ensure it delivers on promises on Scottish content on new channel". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
- "The Music Show New On BBC2 Scotland". Werkre. 10 November 2005. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
- "Music Scotland - The Music Show". BBC. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2021.