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Documentary marks 40th anniversary of Rollermania

It’s time to look out your tartan edged jeans and wave that scarf because STV Productions has just delivered a documentary for BBC Scotland about the 70’s teenage obsession that was the Bay City Rollers.

Rollermania – Britain’s Biggest Boy Band (9pm, BBC One Scotland, Monday, September 14) tells the story of how forty years ago, five guys from Edinburgh conquered the world.

Hearing from members of the classic Bay City Rollers line-up and using new, never-before-seen, archive of the band at their height, this new documentary examines life at the centre of the pop-world’s biggest “mania” since The Beatles.

Ewan Angus, Commissioning Editor, BBC Scotland said: “One of the most iconic bands in Scottish music history, the Bay City Rollers were a phenomenon dressed in tartan. Rollermania celebrates their unique story and enduring success and I’m delighted we can bring a spot of Shang-a-Lang to Scottish viewers.”

Mick McAvoy, Head of Documentaries at STV Productions said: “Our documentary tells the story of how the Bay City Rollers went from humble beginnings playing pubs and clubs across Scotland to becoming a world-conquering teen sensation.

“Viewers will get a fascinating behind-the-scenes insight from the songwriters, producers and record-company promoters who were responsible for much of the Rollers success. They will reveal how the band would become Britain’s first international boy band and would pave the way for bands such as One Direction.”

However, it wasn’t all just cheeky smiles and flirty looks to camera for the Bay City Rollers. Rollermania – Britain’s Biggest Boy Band also examines the dark times that dogged the band behind the scenes; from the band’s relationship with its manager Tam Paton; division between the boys themselves and finally, The Rollers fall from teen-idols to break-up, bankruptcy and the legal battles to find the Rollers’ missing millions.

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