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River City
Genre Soap Opera
Created by Stephen Greenhorn
Written by Various
Starring Present Cast
Country of origin Scotland
Language(s) English
Location(s) Dumbarton
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel BBC Scotland
Picture format 16:9 Widescreen
Original airing 24 September 2002 - Present
External links
Official website

River City is a long-running, popular Scottish television soap opera, first broadcast in Scotland on BBC Scotland on 24 September 2002. River City storylines examine the domestic and professional lives of the people who live and work in the fictional town of Shieldinch in Glasgow. The series primarily centres around the residents of Shieldinch, their houses, flats and apartments and it's neighbouring streets, namely Montego Street and which encompasses a pub, bistro, community centre, café and various small businesses, in addition to a subway station and basketball court.

The series was originally screened as two half-hour episodes per week. Today, one hour-long episode is broadcast each week on Tuesday evenings, with a repeat on Sunday afternoons.



River City is set in Glasgow, west of Scotland. However, the central focus of the show is the fictional town of Shieldinch, where it was famous for the boatyard and its prosperous site of production (1860–1930). Therefore, Shieldinch's local pub was named after this production, being called The Tall Ship. In reality River City is filmed in Dumbarton, where there is a purpose built set for the soap.


River City is built around the ideas of relationships and families, with each character having a place within the community. The range of characters in River City deal with family problems, upset and conflict yet working together in times of needs. The first central family in River City was the Hamilton family consisting of Malcolm Hamilton, his daughters, Eileen Donachie and Gina Hamilton, and Gina's daughters Ruth Rossi and Joanne Rossi.

The Hamilton and Adams/Mullen families have been central to many notable River City storylines, the show having been dominated by the Hamilton's from the shows inception in 2002, as well as the Adams/Mullen families from around 2003. Early 2007 saw the show dominated by the newly introduced Murdoch clan, whilst after that, more of an emphasis was put on the Hamilton family once again.



Format change

In August 2008, it was announced that River City's format would change from a twice-weekly 30 minute soap to a weekly, hour-long drama format with 'very little referring to earlier storylines' and an emphasis on the newly-established Murdoch family. However, there has been criticism from loyal fans that the quality of characterisation and storylines have slid and that established characters such as the Rossi/Hamilton, Henderson and Adams/Mullen families have been sidelined.


The show is broadcast terrestrially in Scotland, initially with two 30 minute episodes a week (Tuesdays at 8pm and Fridays at 8.30pm) it has moved in 2007 to one weekly 60 minute episode broadcast on Tuesdays at 8pm. However, viewers in the rest of the United Kingdom with satellite services are also able to tune in. BBC One Scotland can be found on Sky Digital Channel 971. Audience figures outwith Scotland may have been helped by 'celebrity fans' like DJ Scott Mills and Lorraine Kelly who have seen the show on satellite and recommended it to viewers and listeners alike. The show is also available via the BBC iPlayer on demand throughout the UK.

The omnibus edition is also broadcast, usually sometime on a Sunday afternoon, on BBC One Scotland. Virgin Media On Demand shows the week's episodes on its TV Pick of the Week section for free.

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