Donald Trump has a lot to answer for, not least to the people of Lewis. The Western Isle’s residents have recently come to the attention of narrow-minded metropolitan media types bent on tracing the maternal line of the republican front runner.
Case in point is the film below, which was shown on the corporation's flagship current affairs show Newsnight earlier this week.
We are pleased to share below a reaction to the film by our occasional TV reviewer, Sgoth Niseach.
Check back tomorrow for a second piece, this time by Ian Stephen, the poet from Lewis who was interviewed in the BBC film.
Ian Katz, the editor of Newsnight, was obviously proud of his programme's film about Donald Trump's family links to the island of Lewis. He gleefully tweeted that one local resident had told reporter Stephen Smith that a happy ending to a Lewis story was if you find the body.
It's a good gag. But if you watch the film, that's exactly the opposite of what the writer Ian Stephen said.
He actually said that was "the stereotype". But they (Lewis stories) are not all gloomy. There's a whole other strand, he added, in which the young peasant girl outwits the laird. For some reason, though, Ian Katz preferred "the stereotype." And so did his reporter.
We heard about Lewis "the wind-blown God-fearing island, rich in peat", and its "hard-working, plain-speaking folk". During his self-proclaimed whistle-stop tour "in search of answers and, above all, facts" we saw Stephen Smith doing a lot of looking - hand to forehead to block out the sun. He did it at the beginning of the film on the coast, and again at the end by Callanish standing stones.
The trip was so brief that there was apparently no time to ask any of the island folk how to pronounce "Tong" or "Gaelic". Or, at least, no time to listen to their answers. ( The place where the Donald's mother was born and brought up should be said something like Tongue. And in Scotland Gaelic is Gallic, or even Gah-lick. Gaylick is what they speak in Ireland.)
Mind you, with a repeated reference to Father Ted and Craggy Island, it may be that the Newsnight crew actually thought they were in Ireland. Their grasp of geography certainly seemed shaky. We were told Lewis - forty miles off mainland Scotland's west coast - is "a solid two iron away" from Trump's golf development in Aberdeenshire - on the east coast.
The broadcast piece didn't include the observation - which is in the online version - that Calvinism and Sabbath observance "is such an established part of Lewis's reputation that the hostile environment specialists who brief BBC teams before assignments issued us with hipflasks." I know it's supposed to be a joke. But in his interview Ian Stephen wisely warned that "the stereotypes don't work". Perhaps they do, though, if you are a reporter and film crew who decided before you left London what kind of film you were going to make.