Trio of Scottish BAFTA nominations for In the Loop

THE movie spin-off of a political drama series returning to UK television screens at the weekend has received three nominations at awards celebrating the best in Scottish TV, film and multimedia.

In the Loop is based on The Thick of It and it has been shortlisted in three categories in this year’s BAFTA Scotland Awards, taking place in Glasgow next month. It received nominations in three categories: Acting in Film (Peter Capaldi), Director (Armando Ianucci) and Writer (Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche and Ianucci). A new series of The Thick of It begins on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Richard Jobson’s New Town Killers will take on Kurdi and Crying With Laughter for the Feature Film award, while David Tennant is up against Robert Carlyle and Bill Paterson for the Acting in TV (Male) title. The Acting in TV (Female) title sees Holby City star Stella Gonet, up against Daniela Nardini (New Town) and Lindsay Duncan (Margaret).

The awards ceremony – on November 8 – will be webcast live via

Says BAFTA Scotland director, Helen Anderson: “The sheer volume of films, TV and games produced in Scotland this year is staggering a a real testament to Scotland’s burgeoning industry. There is some inspiring talent both in front of and behind the camera. I’m looking forward to next month’s ceremony and announcing our winners.”

Meanwhile, The Herald was yesterday reporting that a short film by Glasgow filmmaker, Lindsay Goodall, was being tipped to be shortlisted for an Oscar. Irene, produced by Blindside Productions, also based in Glasgow, is about Lindsay’s grandmother and her battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. It is in line to be nominated for an Oscar following victory at the Palm Springs International ShortFest in Florida, USA.

The BAFTA Scotland shortlist reads:

Acting in film

Stephen McCole as Joe Frisk for Crying With Laughter
James Anthony Pearson as Sean Macdonald for New Town Killers
Peter Capaldi as Malcom Tucker for In The Loop

Acting in TV (female)

Daniela Nardini – New Town
Lindsay Duncan-Margaret
Stella Gonet – Holby City

Acting in TV (male)

Robert Carlyle – The Unloved
Bill Paterson Spanish Flu – The Forgotten Fallen
David Tennant – Doctor Who


The Happy Duckling


KNTV The Act of Sex


Armando Iannucci – In The Loop
Richard Jobson – New Town Killers
Caroline Paterson/Stuart Davids – Wasted

Entertainment programme

No Holds Bard
Rab C Nesbit Christmas Special
Shrink Rap-Billy Connelly

Factual programme

Sighthill Stories
Dave Kidney Superstar
In Shackleton’s Footsteps

Feature film

New Town Killers
Crying With Laughter

Factual series

A History of Scotland
Terry Pratchett: Living With Alzheimers
Girls Behind Bars


Championship Manager 2010 Express
Low Grav Racer


The Lost Book
British Music Experience

News and current affairs

BBC Scotland Investigates: Scotland’s Brand New Bank
Panorama – Britain’s Homecare Scandal

Short film

The Bedfords
Life of a Pigeon
Peter in Radioland
Little Red Hoodie

TV drama

New Town
River City
Eadar-Chluich (The Tears Welled)


BBC: China Stories
BBC Robert Burns Website
The Big Plus Work Signs Academy


Annie Griffin – New Town
Jesse Armstrong/Simon Blackwell/Tony Roche/Armando Ianucci – In The Loop
Justin Molotnikov – Crying With Laughter
Ed McArdie – Shameless