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BBC drama Guilt leads the way in British Academy Scotland Awards

© Mark MainzJamie Sives and Mark Bonnar starring in Guilt
Jamie Sives and Mark Bonnar starring in Guilt

BBC drama Guilt leads the way with six nominations in this year’s British Academy Scotland Awards.

Stars Mark Bonnar and Jamie Sives are nominated alongside Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa in the TV Actor category, while writer Neil Forsyth and director Robert McKillop also receive nominations.

Elizabeth Is Missing has four nominations, including Glenda Jackson alongside Group’s Lois Chimimba and The Nest’s Mirren Mack in the TV Actress category.

The Awards, which include two Outstanding Contribution Awards and the new Audience Award, will be presented at a digital ceremony on Tuesday December 8.

Edith Bowman will host a socially distant, closed-studio show alongside Sanjeev Kohli and other guest presenters.

The ceremony will be live streamed on BAFTA’s Facebook and YouTube channels and followed by a highlights show on BBC Scotland.

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Glenda Jackson in Elizabeth Is Missing

Jude MacLaverty, Director of BAFTA Scotland, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be announcing our British Academy Scotland Award nominations, which highlight the phenomenal level of talent and creativity in the film, game and television industries within Scotland.

“We are also thrilled to welcome EE back as the Official Network Partner to the Awards this year and to be working in partnership with Screen Scotland on a brand new Audience Award.

“During these challenging times, TV has both entertained and informed the public, and it seems only fitting that the viewing public is given the chance to have their say.

“Although our Awards format is different this year, our passion for and commitment to recognising talent and celebrating achievement remains, and we are really looking forward to celebrating all of our nominees on 8 December.”

This year, BAFTA Scotland has announced a new Audience Award, in partnership with Screen Scotland.

The award will give the public the opportunity to vote for their favourite TV programme of the past year.

The Audience Award nominations are: Black and Scottish, Guilt, Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming, The Nest, Outlander and River City.

The public vote is open until 5pm on November 18 on the BAFTA Scotland website.

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Edith Bowman

Edith Bowman, returning host of the ceremony, said: “I am very excited to be returning to host the British Academy Scotland Awards, albeit for a slightly different show this year.

“Now, more than ever, it is vital that we celebrate and recognise the achievements of the country’s film, games and television industries, reminding everyone of the importance and enjoyment of the arts.

“This year’s list of nominees highlight yet again the wealth of creative talent and craft that exists in Scotland. I can’t wait to announce this year’s winners on 8 December.”

The nominations in full


ACTOR TELEVISION sponsored by Audi UK


NCUTI GATWA Sex Education





GLENDA JACKSON Elizabeth is Missing




STEWART KYASIMIRE Black and Scottish

JOHN MACLAVERTY  The Battle of Skye Bridge

MATT PINDER Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming


DIRECTOR – FICTION sponsored by Champagne Taittinger


LYNSEY MILLER Deadwater Fell

AISLING WALSH Elizabeth is Missing



SCOT SQUAD: THE CHIEF’S ELECTION INTERVIEWS Jack Docherty, Joe Hullait, Iain Davidson, Marie McDonald – The Comedy Unit/BBC Scotland

SELLING SCOTLAND Jack Docherty, Mark Downie, Liam McArdle, Julyan Sinclair – IWC Media/BBC Scotland

TEST DRIVE Derek McLean, Daniel Nettleton, Lynsey Wylie, Katy Smith – Bandicoot Scotland/BBC Scotland



DARREN MCGARVEY’S SCOTLAND Harry Bell, Stephen Bennett, Darren McGarvey, Ceara East – Tern Television/BBC Scotland

FRANKIE BOYLE’S TOUR OF SCOTLAND Mick McAvoy, Nicky Waltham, Graeme Hart, Frankie Boyle – Two Rivers Media/BBC Two

MURDER TRIAL: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MARGARET FLEMING Matt Pinder, Audrey McColligan, Iain Scollay, Lorraine McKechnie – Firecrest Films/BBC Scotland



A COUNTRY LIFE FOR HALF THE PRICE Kate Humble, Andrew Jackson, Louise Scrivens, Iain Robson – Raise the Roof Productions/Channel 5

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Production Team – IWC Media/Channel 4

SCOTLAND’S HOME OF THE YEAR Production Team – IWC Media/BBC Scotland



AUTONAUTS Aaron Puzey, Gary Penn – Denki

CLOUDPUNK Marko Dieckmann, Thomas Welsh, Rebecca Roe, Roman Agapov – Ion Lands

DEAD END JOB Production Team – Ant Workshop



THE NINE Production Team – BBC Scotland

SCOTLAND’S LOCKDOWN (DISCLOSURE) Production Team – BBC Scotland/BBC One Scotland

THE WAR NEXT DOOR: SCOTLAND AND THE TROUBLES Brendan Hughes, Harry Bell, Morag Tinto, Andrew Chambers – Tern Television/BBC Scotland



BETTY Will Anderson – Autoproduction

THE LAST TRAIN Ross Hogg, Sean Mulvenna – LUX Scotland/BBC

THE MOTORIST Ciaran Lyons, Beth Allan, David Liddell, Chris Lyons – Forest of Black



THE BATTLE OF SKYE BRIDGE Harry Bell, John MacLaverty, Noel Nelis, Cara Maclean – Tern Television Productions/BBC Scotland

BEING GAIL PORTER Harry Bell, Anne-Claire Pilley – Tern Television Productions/BBC Scotland

DOOMAN Darren Hercher, Dave Arthur, Karen Emsley – CTVC/BBC Scotland


SPECIALIST FACTUAL sponsored by Deloitte

CLIMATEGATE: SCIENCE OF A SCANDAL Production Team – Red Sky Productions/BBC Four

GREG DAVIES: LOOKING FOR KES Jenny Dames, Richard Bright, David Arthur, Fran Kilgour – BBC Studios/BBC Four

MISS WORLD 1970: BEAUTY QUEENS AND BEDLAM Hannah Berryman, Lizzie Webster, Patrick Smith, Richard Bright – BBC Studios/BBC Two



DEADWATER FELL Production Team – Kudos/Channel 4

ELIZABETH IS MISSING Andrea Gibb, Aisling Walsh, Sarah Brown, Chrissy Skinns – STV Productions/BBC One

GUILT Production Team – Expectation/Happy Tramp North/BBC Scotland


WRITER FILM/TELEVISION supported by Screen Scotland

ANDREA GIBB Elizabeth is Missing


PAUL LAVERTY Sorry We Missed You


THE BAFTA SCOTLAND AUDIENCE AWARD in partnership with Screen Scotland