There are few places as remote as the Isle of North Uist. Part of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, it’s on the rugged north-western edge of the British Isles, almost as close to Iceland as it is to London. North Uist’s 1500 islanders are famed for self-sufficiency and resourcefulness. It’s a community that’s not cash-rich but is wealthy in traditions and language stretching back centuries. Not much changes on North Uist. That is, until the islanders lucked out, winning a £3 million lottery windfall. This documentary follows fisherman Donald, crofter Attar, postal worker Pamela, peat cutter Duncan and whisky distillery entrepreneurs Kate and Jonny, as they deal with their bonanza. In a rural idyll where you already have everything you need, what happens when you win the jackpot but don’t know how to spend it?
The Scottish Island That Won The Lottery – Saturday 8pm on Channel 4