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Dotaman (Gaelic for “spinning top”) was the first Scottish Gaelic children’s TV programme for pre-schoolers. It began 17 October 1985 and was written by and starred Donnie Macleod, formerly of Na h-Oganaich.

Donnie had a different silly hat for every song, with something relevant to the song on it. One of his most famous was a hat with a red telephone on it. The songs were about things every day to the children watching while the style and structure of the songs were traditionally Gaelic.

Many young Gaelic speakers today learned much of their early vocabulary from the programme. Not me though, I just learned the all words to the fleeking songs but still have no idea what I’m singing. Which is kinda weird given it was a program for pre-schoolers and I was ten when it started…

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