Landward is a long-running Scottish television programme focusing on agricultural and rural issues, produced and broadcast by BBC Scotland.

Presented byDougie Vipond
StarringNick Nairn
Euan McIlwraith
Anne Lundon
Arlene Stuart
Country of originScotland
Running time30 minutes approx.
Production companyBBC Studios Documentary Unit
DistributorBBC Studios
Original networkBBC One Scotland
BBC Scotland
Picture formatPAL
HDTV 1080i
Original release3 April 1976 (1976-04-03) –


Landward' was produced to replace the network agricultural programme Farming thus allowing a more Scottish focus on rural issues. The issues which Landward addresses are generally those within the rural public consciousness of Scotland, itself a country with a large farming community. Additionally, the show features stories covering Scotland's vast landscape, with various stories covering the wildlife and nature of the country.

From 1976 until 2007, it aired Sunday lunchtime, replacing the similar shows Farming and then later Countryfile which aired elsewhere in the UK; In 2007 Landward moved to a regular Friday evening slot, and replaced Countryfile only when it could not be shown in its usual slot (e.g. because of sports coverage). From April 2009, both programmes now have guaranteed prime time slots and one will no longer be dropped to accommodate the other.


The current presenter is Dougie Vipond, who took over the role in April 2009.


Other reporters sometimes appear on a short-term basis, typically to present a series of reports on a given subject over a few weeks. Lee McKenzie and Amanda Hamilton have been semi-regular fill-in reporters in 2010–11. The programme formerly included a five-day Landward Weather forecast, usually presented by one of the BBC Scotland forecasters, however in 2014 the forecast was made available exclusively on the Landward website, and subsequently discontinued.


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