A few weeks left to catch Purple TV‘s film about Fife’s – and many would say Scotland’s – finest footballer Jim Baxter on BBC iPlayer. Baxter, who came from Hill of Beath, was famously funny and charming if enigmatic and unpredictable. The film suggests this complex character might have had its roots in the fact that Baxter was given up by his mother as a baby. The footballer was devastated, later in life, to learn the full story – including that his birth mother went on to have more children with his birth father.
As well as Baxter’s football contemporaries such as Pat Crerand and Denis Law, the film features contributions from writers Val McDermid and William McIlvanney.
You can watch the film here until 25 October.