Please Leave The Light On: STV airs award winning documentary by late film maker, David Peat

Sad loss: Tribute to film maker David Peat
Sad loss: Tribute to film maker David Peat

STV will broadcast the award-winning documentary, Please Leave the Light On in tribute to renowned Scottish film maker, David Peat, who died last month.

Made in the late 1990s by independent production company Tern TV for Grampian TV, it tells the story of the final shifts in one of the last manned lighthouses in Scotland – Cape Wrath.

Cape Wrath was a Stevenson lighthouse accessible only by helicopter, on foot, or across many miles of rough track over an MoD bombing range.

As the lighthouse was being geared up for automation, David Peat spent those final few days with Ian, Calum and Ron, as they prepared for the end an era and the end of a lifetime as lighthouse keepers.

In this intimate portrait of the three men, we see the impact that the 24-hour shifts, the claustrophobic lifestyle and the extreme weather had on the men.  

Please Leave the Light On won a Scottish BAFTA for best documentary in 1997.

Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV said: “This award-winning film is an affectionate tribute to the men who staffed lighthouses in harsh conditions on remote locations from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

“We’re pleased to transmit Please Leave The Lights On, in tribute to David Peat, who was an incredibly talented man and first class film maker.”

Please Leave the Light On was the first of fifteen films David Peat made with Tern TV between 1997 and 2007.

David Strachan, MD of Tern TV, added: “David was one of Scotland's finest film makers. We are proud that he made 15 films with us, and this one is a wee gem, which clearly demonstrates his eye for detail, his intense interest in how people live their lives, his sense of humour, and his emotional sensitivity.”

Please Leave the Light On will air on STV on Wednesday 16th May at 11pm.

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