Screen & Radio

Bertie reads the Scotsman (Iain McIntosh)

Alexander McCall Smith is in demand across the world. He has appeared on radio and TV shows in the UK, America, Australia, Canada, India and many other countries and has had his bestselling books adapted for screen and radio. Below are links to some of his television and radio programmes, adaptations and interviews.

Talking in Cape Town (Video)

Alexander McCall Smith talks to Expresso about Precious and Grace.

Meet the Author (Video)

Alexander was the guest on BBC World News Meet the Author programme. He was interviewed by James Naughtie.

Bertie on the Radio (Audio)

Scotland Street is back on the airwaves as it returns as a radio drama, to one of the most popular slots on BBC Radio 4. Listen in live or find it on BBC iPlayer.

Alexander McCall Smith at the Royal Opera House (Video)

Alexander McCall Smith addresses guests at the Royal Opera House during the launch of the most exclusive whisky in the world, Generations Mortlach 75 Years Old by Gordon & MacPhail, on the 2nd of September 2015.

Daily Telegraph – Hay Laughter (Video)

At Hay festival 2015, Alexander McCall Smith meets the pig named after his Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize winning novel, Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party.


The Guardian – Literary Edinburgh (Video)

As the Edinburgh international book festival gets under way, the writer Alexander McCall Smith and Gillian Robertson of Looking Glass Books reflect on the importance of literature and the arts to the city. This is the second in a series of films about landscape and literature produced in association with National Book Tokens.


The Festival of Dangerous Ideas – Sydney Opera House  (Video)

Ideas at the House: ‘Alexander McCall Smith – Society is Broken’


CBC Interview  (Video)

Corduroy Mansions author Alexander McCall Smith (extended interview).


BBC Radio 4 – Bookclub (Audio)

World-wide bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith meets readers to discuss the first in his series of humorous novels set in Edinburgh – 44 Scotland Street. The presenter is James Naughtie.


BBC Radio 4 – Character Studies with Alexander McCall Smith (Audio)

Alexander McCall Smith explores the work of writers and their popular characters from literature, drama and comedy.


BBC Radio 3 – In Tune: Highlights from Hay Festival (Audio)

Author of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series, Alexander McCall Smith, talks to Sean Rafferty at the Hay Festival about his recent book The Novel Habits of Happiness, and about winning a pig as a prize for his latest work of comic fiction, Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party.


BBC Radio 3 – Essential Classics (Audio)

Writer Alexander McCall Smith talks to Sarah Walker


BBC Radio 4 – Inheritance Tracks  (Audio)

Creator of the The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, author Alexander McCall Smith, chose ‘We’ll Meet Again’ by Vera Lynn and Terzettino ‘Soave sia il vento’ from Cosi Fan Tutte.


BBC News (TV) – Fatty O’Leary wins a Pig (Video)


BBC World Service (Audio)

From the British Library in London, Alexander McCall Smith talks to listeners of the programme as well as a live audience for a question and answer session. Presenter: Harriett Gilbert


Sky Arts Book Show (Video)

The creator of Precious Ramotswe, Alexander McCall Smith, appears on the Sky Arts Book Show and talks to Mariella Frostrup about his detective’s latest case, The Double Comfort Safari Club.


Sky News (Video)

Authors tell Sky News “the novelty of the e-book has worn off”, amid hopes the big fall in paperback sales has come to an end


BBC News – Meet the author (Video)

Nick Higham talks to Alexander McCall Smith.


Good Reads (Video)


AV Club – clip from No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency film (Video)


The Irish Times: Books in Bars (Audio)

Award-winning author Alexander McCall Smith joins Gary Quinn on a whiskey tasting in The Palace Bar in Dublin.


Daily Mail (Video)

British author Alexander McCall Smith, known for creating The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, talks about rewriting Jane Austen’s classic, Emma.


New Writers on A New England Stage: Alexander McCall Smith (Video)

Alexander McCall Smith talking shortly after publication of The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine.