Media release: BBC Scotland channel praised for ‘triumphant debut’ after scooping honours


BBC Scotland programmes have won top awards in the Broadcast Digital Awards 2020 up against major industry contenders.

Broadcast said BBC Scotland had made “a triumphant debut”, winning Best Documentary Programme and Best Drama Programme categories for Matchlight / Bodhi’s football doc Real Kashmir FC and Happy Tramp North / Expectation’s thriller, Guilt.

Real Kashmir FC won against contenders from BBC Three, BBC Four and YouTube, while Guilt, a co-commission with BBC Two, came out on top in the Best Drama category which included productions for Sky One, BBC Three and Sky Atlantic.

Steve Carson, who takes up the post of director of BBC Scotland this month, said: “Congratulations to the talented teams who created Guilt and Real Kashmir FC, who are very worthy winners in categories with contenders from very established channels.”

Guilt, a four-part series, written by Neil Forsyth, depicted two brothers – played by Mark Bonnar and Jamie Sives – who accidentally run over and kill an elderly man on a dark street and whose own lives then take on unexpected twists as they try to conceal their guilt.

It was widely acclaimed as a witty and entertaining black comedy thriller. Broadcast judges praised it as “expertly scripted, acted and directed” and also noted its “confidence and assuredness”. The series has been recommissioned and is due to film later this year.

Real Kashmir FC, a documentary about former Aberdeen and Rangers star, Davie Robertson, going to the Indian league to manage a team there, was praised by Broadcast as a “fantastic way to put BBC Scotland on the map”. A follow-up, which was also made by filmmaker, Greg Clark, Return to Real Kashmir FC, has also been shown on BBC Scotland.

In June this year, the BBC Scotland channel was also awarded the first-ever Royal Television Society Scotland Judges award. As well as the award for the BBC Scotland channel, the Royal Television Society Scotland – which also gave the RTS Scotland award to outgoing director, Donalda MacKinnon – made awards to a range of factual, sport, comedy and drama programming from the channel, including Guilt, The Fort, Burnistoun Tunes In, and Murder Case.

In giving the award, RTS Scotland praised the channel for having, within a short time period, become firmly rooted in Scotland’s broadcast community, working with around 80 suppliers, while also enjoying critical acclaim and providing shows which reflected a modern Scotland.

The channel also gained awards at the Celtic Media Festival which were announced in June this year.

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