Charlie’s Army to invade STV screens this June

As part of STV’s four-part Incredible Stories series, Charlie’s Army follows the story of proud Scot, Charlie Allan and his band of bearded, battle-re-enactment, fort-building bikers, who've started their very own 21st Century Scottish clan.

They don’t come more passionate about Scotland than Charlie and this fascinating documentary looks at his life from early childhood, where even as a child, he had a keen interest in Scottish clan history, to the larger than life character that has Clan Chief in his title and Hollywood superstar Russell Crowe on speed dial.

Charlie has started his own clan (Clanranald), mustered his own army (Combat International) whilst also masterminding a heavy metal bagpipe band (Saor Patrol), that regularly plays to sell-out crowds all over Europe.

On top of that, our very own Braveheart is also in the process of building his own fortified medieval village (Duncarron), just outside Stirling.

This huge project alone would break many lesser men, but for Charlie it’s the dream that has helped him forge ahead, and now, helped by clan members, volunteers, assorted friends and some very enthusiastic support from his mate Russell Crowe, that dream is finally becoming a reality.

Viewers will see Russell marvel at Charlie’s passion for the clan, as the star talks about their first, iconic meeting on the movie set of Gladiator, and later again in the film version of Robin Hood.

We see clips of them working together in these movies, and gain a fascinating perspective on the character, struggles and achievements of this likeable giant of a man and his army of supporters.

Now that the huge fort at Duncarron is almost ready to open to the public, his private army is in constant demand from international film companies, and the wild music of Saor Patrol is climbing up the European Charts, this fascinating, action-packed and entertaining documentary is ready to hit STV screens.

Elizabeth Partyka, Deputy Director of Channels at STV, said: “Charlie’s Army is an incredible story of a man who is so proud to be Scottish, he set up his own clan. I am delighted to be showing this documentary to STV viewers and hope they find it as fascinating as I did.”

Chief Charlie said: “When I first set up the Clanranald Trust, its purpose was to build a fortified village that gave as accurate an account as possible of what life would have been like in Scotland in the early medieval period.”

Now Charlie’s vision has taken off in ways he could only dream of, as schools and groups look to use the attraction as an education facility.

It has also become a social enterprise venture that will provide a lifetime of social benefits for volunteers, the unemployed and the justice reform service now and in the future.

On top of all that, Duncarron has been used as a film location for small projects and the big boys are taking note, with larger productions also interested in descending on the medieval village.

Join Charlie’s Army at 8pm on Tuesday June 5 on STV, for this clantastic, programme which will see you fall in love with our hairy hero.Incredible Stories is sponsored by Weatherseal.

 

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