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Genre Current affairs
Directed by Derek Livesey
Presented by
Country of origin Scotland
Original language(s) English
No. of series Continuous
Executive producer(s) Eithne Thomson
  • Vicky Lee-Middleton
  • Hannah Capella
  • John Hopkins
Location(s) Glasgow
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) BBC Scotland
Original channel BBC Two Scotland
Picture format 16:9 standard definition
Original release 26 January 2017 (2017-01-26)
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Timeline is a weekly current affairs programme on BBC Two Scotland which began on 26 January 2017. It broadcasts on Thursday nights from 7.30 to 8 pm. It is presented by Glenn Campbell and Shereen Nanjiani.


The press release for Timeline, which was released on 11 January 2017, explained the premise of the programme:

Presented by Glenn Campbell and Shereen Nanjiani, the programme will bring thought-provoking stories and analysis from across Scotland, told through some of the country’s most passionate and informed guests.

The audience will be at the heart of Timeline, which will give viewers an authentic voice on the stories and issues that matter, and will seek answers to their questions.

It aims to go behind the headlines and political spin; to give context through first-hand experience to the issues of the week; and to hold those in power to account on the big stories.

Gary Smith, BBC Scotland's head of news and current affairs, said:

Timeline will be the weekly centrepiece of a new engagement with our audience, who will be invited via the website and social media to help shape the programme's agenda.

A timeline is our everyday go-to for information, for news, for what we care about. It’s how we find out what’s interesting and relevant to our lives. A timeline connects people. It brings them together to share stories, experience and opinions. It connects young and old, the ordinary that can become exceptional. Timeline is a programme that will do just that.

The press release added that the programme would have an online and social media presence all week.

Critical reception

Alison Rowatt, senior politics and features writer at The Herald, remarked that the debut programme was "restrained, informed, and, well, just a teeny bit dull". As for the aesthetics, she wrote:

Dressed smart-casual, hosts Shereen Nanjiani (making a welcome return to TV from radio after 10 years) and Glenn Campbell looked like a couple from Newton Mearns about to host a cosy dinner party. The set, in contrast, was an odd mix of minimalist and brutalist, with moody lighting and concrete panels lending it all the warmth of a car park after midnight.[1]

Audience figures

The programme debuted with an audience of 75,000 viewers (4% share).