"I loved watching this show when I was wee even though I had no clue what they were saying. It was all about the giant foam numbers!"
"Never! It was all about Donnie's hats."Ḍtaman
("Spinning Top" in English) was a Gaelic-language kids' show hosted by folk singer Donnie MacLeod and others such as Cathy MacDonald and Anna Murray. It ran sporadically from 1985 onward on BBC Two Scotland
. A lot of Scottish Nineties
kids remember it despite not knowing any Gaelic themselves. A useful cultural comparison for Tropers across The Pond
can be found in the Chespirito
series; just as the antics of El Chavo
and El Chapulin Colorado
seemed to English speakers to be "always on" the Spanish-speaking channels, so too did Ḍtaman seem to dominate the Gaelic timeslots of BBC Scotland.
Provides examples of the songs were, given that it was an...