With the launch date fast approaching, BBC Scotland have released the first week's line-up for its new TV channel.

Love Island host Iain Stirling will be the face of the first programme on Sunday February 24, a one-off variety show featuring Scots singers Lewis Capaldi and Nina Nesbitt in what the broadcasters promise will be "an evening packed with laughs and entertainment".

The first night will also see the introduction of The People's News, which invites 'ordinary Scots' to speak their minds on the week's news, events and gossip.

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The ten-part series aims to steer clear of traditional media commentators and opt for a funnier approach, seeing varying viewpoints from 'all walks of life and every corner of the country'.

It comes just one night before highly anticipated The Nine is broadcast for the first time, with Rebecca Curran and Martin Geissler fronting the new "nightly news hour".

Hayley Valentine, editor of The Nine, said: "I'm delighted with the team of presenters and reporters we've put together.

"It has a great mix of experienced correspondents and new talent, all of whom are working on a raft of original stories for The Nine.

"Our viewers will get some of the best analysis of Scottish, UK and international news from this team.

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"And I’m confident viewers will enjoy a very different approach to news presenting and storytelling."

The broadcaster also announced Scotland's answer to Question Time will launch in the opening week.

Debate Night will give members of the public one hour to put their questions to a panel of politicians and other public figures about 'the biggest stories and the things they care about the most'.

Comedian Des Clarke will front the multi-award winning topical comedy news quiz Breaking the News, which covers the week's news agenda in Scotland and across the UK.

It follows a successful pilot on BBC Two Scotland at the end of 2018, and has been scheduled for a 10-week run on the new channel.

The ninth - and final - season of Still Game will also feature on the first day of broadcasting, and will see Jack, Victor and the rest of the Craiglang gang return for a six-episode run.

A one-off special of Burnistoun is also due to hit screens in the night of comedy.

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Other highlights of the first week of broadcasting include a documentary on the life of fashion vlogger Jamie Genevieve, a behind-the-scenes look at Scotland's famous stone skimming championships and a feature on Scotland's biggest Asian wedding planners.

Commenting on opening the new channel, Iain Stirling said: "I can’t wait to be part of the launch of the new BBC Scotland channel with a big night out at the prestigious Theatre Royal in Glasgow.

"I spend too much time in London so it’ll just be nice to film a TV show where I can speak at a normal pace."

The channel is set to go live at 7pm on February 24.