Among the old programmes they added to their ‘Archive Page’, was this one, about Fair Isle. I’ve never tried copying one of these before, so if it doesn’t work, the page link is below this box.
I have tested it, and if you click “listen in pop up player” you should get a new page and the 30 minute programme, with picture, direct from the BBC. The original programme was first broadcast on SAT 31ST JULY 2010.
I’m not sure whether this is a permanent ‘archive’ or whether, if you try and listen to it in a few weeks time, it will have been withdrawn from the iplayer – but its here now, if you want to listen to it – along with a link to the full archive page, below.
Fair Isle Knitting
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Moira Hickey visits Fair Isle, famous around the world for its knitting. With a plentiful supply of wool from the island’s hardy Shetland sheep, knitting kept many families from starvation, and the craft is still economically important for Fair Isle. Yet with Shetland schools soon to drop knitting from the curriculum, can it survive for much longer? Will Shetland’s children still learn to knit, and if they don’t, will it really matter? Moira Hickey visits Fair Isle to look at the importance of knitting to the islanders, and to ask what the future holds for this traditional craft. Available now