I AM writing this from a secret bunker in the debatable lands, somewhere near Berwick-upon-Tweed.

On Twitter last week, I announced that I am presenting a new documentary which will be on BBC Scotland on Tuesday, September 21 at 10pm, called Let’s Talk About the English.

A poorly worded tweet of mine meant that I attracted the ire of people who felt this documentary would be a piece of nationalist propaganda and would be an outright attack on our neighbours across the Border, there were even people calling me racist towards the English.

Then there were those who were disappointed it wouldn’t be such a thing.

No-one, of course, has even watched the documentary yet but why let a thing like that get in the way of making a point on social media, famously a place for level-headed and nuanced debate.

Our relationship with the English has always fascinated me.

From a young age, I didn’t really think about the English.

They existed only on the telly and in jokes along with Irishmen.

I don’t think I even came into contact with an English person until I was about 15.

The first time I became aware of any sort of anti-Englishness was during the 2002 World Cup.

I remember being quite keen to see England do well as I was familiar with a lot of their players from watching highlights of the Premiership – Beckham, Scholes, Owen etc were all favourite players of mine and, of course, Scotland hadn’t qualified.

I mentioned this in school, on the eve of them playing Brazil.

“I hope they get battered,” said my pal after I said I hoped they’d win.

To fit in, this mindset stuck with me.

I decided I didn’t like the English because my pals didn’t.

I found the sweeping generalisations people made about them to be quite funny though and obviously untrue – they’re all posh, they all hate us, they’re rude, they’re arrogant. Just absolute nonsense that I believed.

I like that, when pressed, our reasons for saying we “hate” the English don’t stand up to much scrutiny and they often come with several caveats.

“She’s English,” I remember my pal saying in the pub back in 2014, just before the independence referendum when talking about a lassie he was seeing.

We all did a sharp intake of breath.

“But she’s fae Newcastle,” he said, much to our relief.

“Och, she’s basically Scottish then,” my other pal said, and we all agreed that the English were terrible with the exception of Geordies.

This then grew to include people from Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield and anywhere really that didn’t have a name like Leamington Spa or Poppleton or something where, in our minds, only the extremely posh and wealthy lived.

Then as the result of the referendum came in, we all decided we were anti-English once again as we were all big Yes supporters.

When I was approached to present this documentary, one thing I wanted to focus on was the issue of class.

I think some Scots have a bit of prejudice towards the English, painting them all as posh. I know I certainly did at one point.

I wanted to find out where this came from despite it being so obviously untrue and why some people still seem to hold this belief.

We travelled down to Corby for a few days, also known as Little Scotland, to find out how people there see their own national identity as well as looking at the history of the town since the collapse of the steel industry there.

It’s easy to forget that there are whole towns and cities in England as hard done by as up here, decimated by cutbacks and austerity. I wanted to hammer home the idea that we should have some class solidarity with the English working class especially.

We should be focusing on our common grievances and working together to make a better life for everyone here. We’re all under the same boot at the moment.

We also look at Scotland’s role in the British Empire, depictions of Scotland and England in film (analysing Braveheart and dissecting Renton’s famous speech in Trainspotting and figuring out what he was really saying), our rivalry in sport, where our relationship is currently at and where we’re heading.

I had great fun making this and learned a lot, challenging my own prejudices and becoming a bit more enlightened in the process.

I just hope people will go into watching it with an open mind and they’ll get more out of it. I’m hoping if it gets enough views, we’ll get to make something really hard-hitting.

A documentary about the strangest people from these islands of ours. I’d call it – Let’s Talk About People from Edinburgh.