River City celebrates 10 years

28 Sep 2012

This week, River City, the BBC One soap opera shot at studios in Dumbarton, has been celebrating 10 successful years.

To mark the occasion, fans have being enjoying celebratory episodes of the show this week, which follows the comings and going in Shieldinch.

Director of BBC Scotland, Ken McQuarrie said: "When River City went on air in September 2002 it was our intention to reflect contemporary Scotland through a long-running drama and this continues to be our aim today.

"River City and the site in Dumbarton has also been a huge asset to the creative industry in Scotland allowing many people both in front and behind the scenes to develop and hone their art on it and providing an opportunity for them to do so right on their doorstep. We have seen the likes of Garrow's Law, Hope Springs and The Deep all being filmed in Dumbarton - and with Waterloo Road now in Greenock, the creative industry in Scotland has been given an important boost from BBC Scotland and our partners."

River City shoots at the BBC studios in Dumbarton, 28 weeks of the year, from February through to May and from August through to November.

There are around 90 jobs on crew and support, with approximately 30 core cast and around 150 extras used. Up to and including the episode transmitted on Tuesday 25 September there will have been 838 episodes in total transmitted during the 10 years of of the show.

The Dumbarton studios are located at Lomondgate, on the edge of Dumbarton, where a business park, residential development and roadside services are developing.