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Love him or loathe him, Alex Salmond has been a towering figure in Scottish politics for 25 years. Former Conservative Minister, Michael Portillo, wants to know the story behind the politician, and what has made him one of the most succesful and recognisible Scottish politicians in the world. Following the 2011 Scottish election campaign, Portillo on Salmond covers four of the most important weeks in Alex Salmond's life, as he attempts to make history and become First Minister for a second term. Throughout the campaign and across Scotland, the film watches Alex Salmond take his message to the streets and across the airwaves. But who exactly is he? And what lies ahead for the leader, his party and the country?