No Holds Bard

Comedy following the lives of five people as they prepare to vie for the 2009 Cup O'Kindness, the trophy awarded to the champion in Robert Burns poetry recital. The film captures the ups and downs of each participant's progress as the pressure intensifies, the poems are recited and the champion is crowned. Held in Alloway, the birthplace of Burns himself, this prestigious competition is the centrepiece of the annual celebrations devoted to the Bard's immortal memory. And this year it may prove memorable for all the wrong reasons.


  • 2009-01-25 21:00:00 - 2009-01-25 22:00:00 on BBC One Scotland,
  • 2009-01-25 21:00:00 - 2009-01-25 22:00:00 on BBC Two Northern Ireland Analogue, BBC Two Northern Ireland,


  • Director Brian Kelly
  • Isobel Braid Ashley Jensen
  • Granny Braid Barbara Rafferty
  • Struan Robertson Paul Higgins
  • Meikel McMiekel Denis Lawson
  • Cronie Cameron Ford Kiernan
  • Cronie McKay Forbes Masson
  • Paula Pickford Felicity Montagu
  • Boyd Pickford Vincent Franklin
  • Robert Lauchlan Greg Hemphill
  • Stevie Kerr Tony Curran
  • Sarah Rutherford Laura Fraser
  • Sheila Katy Murphy
  • Gibby "Fingers" McPherson Bill Paterson
  • Prison Therapist Laura Fraser
  • Prison Governor Gerard Kelly
  • Producer Jack Docherty