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Martin Compston

Martin Compston and his friend Phil MacHugh focused on Dundee, Fife and Angus in their east coast travels to challenge expectations and reveal the surprising side of some well-known places.

Starting in the home of golf, St Andrews, the boys take to the sands - not a bunker, but the beach made famous by the movie Chariots of Fire. They indulge in a spot of land yachting with brothers Jamie and Guy McKenzie.

Having swept the sand from their hair, it’s off to high-tech Dundee to get to grips with the cyber city's position as a world gaming developer. They meet 4J co-founder Chris van der Kuyl, whose company makes the console edition of the biggest game in the world, Minecraft, and see what it would be like to literally be part of a game. Then it's off to Abertay University, who were the first to offer a degree in computer games, to get a tour from lecturer Jung In and discover what other possibilities there are in the virtual landscape. Dipping into Dundee’s music scene, the duo also caught up with songstress India Rose.

From high tech to lo-fi, the boys take a break from the future and indulge in a local tradition that dates back to the Vikings. They get hands on to help a fifth-generation smoker prepare the local delicacy, the Arbroath smokie, on the atmospheric Auchmithie beach.

Martin says: “This is the first time I’ll be meeting fellow Scots on camera, sharing their thoughts and passions. Having spent the last few years travelling for work, this is me getting reacquainted with my homeland - I’ve felt like I’m falling in love with Scotland all over again."

Martin received rave reviews for his leading role in forensic crime drama “Traces” that filmed in Dundee and Fife. He is also renowned for playing DI Steve Arnott in Line Of Duty. This is the actor's first foray into presenting factual television. Phil MacHugh, is a regular face on Channel 5 News, NBC’s The Today Show, and CNN News.

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