Fife Council in the spotlight for new TV documentary

'The Council', on screens in December, looks at the Fife authority in detail
'The Council', on screens in December, looks at the Fife authority in detail

A new BBC fly-on-the-wall series puts Fife Council, its employees and service users, at its heart.

Documentary The Council takes a look at Fife Council as it faces punishing budget cuts, and higher than ever demands for its services.

The BBC describes this series, made by IWC Media, as an illuminating, poignant and also entertaining look at an example of a governing institution.

The film crew spent months earlier this year following council employees in their day-to-day work for the organisation that narrator – and local boy – Dougray Scott describes as “The organisation everyone loves to hate.”

Candid staff reveal the highs – of working closely with people needing their help – and the lows, such as housing officer Karen going into an abandoned house in Glenrothes’ Collydean, jampacked with rubbish and cat filth, with the warning “Brace yourself” to the cameraman.

Steve Grimmond, chief executive of Fife Council, commented: “The documentary is not only about Fife, it’s about any and all councils.

“We agreed to take part in this documentary in the hope that we could give residents a greater insight into the council and help them understand the difficult budget decisions which we are all facing. It looks at the challenges and pressures local councils are facing with greater demand for services and budgets increasingly squeezed.

“The dedication and commitment of our staff, to continue to provide the best service for the people of Fife shines through in every episode of the show.”
Episode one goes out on BBC1 on December 7 at 9pm.