BURNS will be celebrated on TV screens next week with a series of programmes on the BBC Scotland channel.

A celebration – and examination – of the life, works and legacy or Rabbie Burns is being offered in a new documentary, ‘Inside the Mind of Robert Burns’ presented by novelist, playwright and performer Alan Bissett.

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The programme will air tonight (Tuesday) at 10pm and will be repeated on Burns night at 9.40pm. On Burns night, on January 25, the BBC Scotland channel will also transmit a new short film inspired by Address to a Haggis, from the same production team behind the acclaimed short film TAM, shown last year which was inspired by the famous poem Tam O’Shanter.

Further programming on the night includes: Burns, My Dad and Me – focusing on the Scottish singing legend – who introduced many to the Burns’ songs, – Bill McCue through the reflections and memories of his daughter Kirsteen, Burns in the USA – a look at the Bard’s impact on America and a reshowing of the short film Tam.