Media release: British Academy Scotland Awards 2020: winners announced


THE British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Scotland (BAFTA Scotland) announced the winners of this year’s British Academy Scotland Awards during a special digital ceremony hosted by Edith Bowman.

The highlights from tonight’s British Academy Scotland Awards include:

*Glenda Jackson won in this year’s Actress Category for Elizabeth is Missing

* Ncuti Gatwa won this year’s Actor Category for Sex Education

* Stanley Baxter received the Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television Award and Phyliss Ironside received the Outstanding Contribution to Craft (in memory of Robert McCann)

* Guilt won two awards (Television Scripted and Director Fiction)

* Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming won two awards (Factual Series and Director Factual)

* Outlander was the recipient of the Audience Award, in partnership with Screen Scotland, voted for by the British public

Joining Edith Bowman on the night to present the awards, which celebrated the very best in film, games and television produced over the last year in Scotland, was Sanjeev Kohli, alongside a number of guest presenters including Janey Godley; Julia Brown, Lorn Macdonald, Richard Rankin and Shereen Nanjiani.

Brian Cox, Lorraine Kelly, Iain Stirling, Katie Leung, JJ Chalmers, Bill Paterson, Jack Lowden and Alex Ferns were among those helping to announce this year’s award winners remotely.

The multi-faceted comic actor and entertainer Stanley Baxter was presented with Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television, while film and television editor Phyllis Ironside received the Outstanding Contribution to Craft (In Memory of Robert McCann).

Phyliss Ironside said: “Thank you BAFTA Scotland, this is fantastic.  I am really pleased and honoured to receive this award, as it recognises not just me, but the craft of editing.”

Speaking from his home in London, Stanley Baxter said: “I don’t think I could have been anything else but a performer. I was so rotten at everything else I tried to do. Normally at school, you know you find out there, what you have a talent for, and it turned out I had no talent at all, but really it gave me all my interest with showbusiness interest. And that was true all of my life. Thank you, BAFTA Scotland, for this honour I’m very, very pleased. Thanks a lot.”

Tributes poured in for the iconic, actor, comedian and entertainer from fellow comedians such as Sir Billy Connolly, Alan Cumming, Elaine C Smith, Armando Iannucci, Ford Kiernan and Tom Allen.

Billy Connolly said: “Hello Stanley! Billy Connolly here. Hoping that you’re nervous. I’m hoping you’re a wreck sitting in your seat, feeling like hell. I know that you don’t like this kind of thing, but you deserve it. Nobody deserves it more. The work you put in in the 60’s and 70’s it stands on its own. You’re a marvel and you’ve got beautiful legs.”

Alan Cumming, said: ”I really do think that Stanley has – inadvertently probably – given me the sort of outlook I have on acting and writing and everything I do really, because so many of the things he was parodying, those sketches and big musical numbers and everything I saw as a little boy, I was seeing his parodies of them before I’d seen the original things. So, my whole way that I look at life, is that I’m looking for the parody even though it hasn’t been parodied yet, and I’m really, really grateful to Stanley for his work having enthused me with it.”

The British Academy Scotland Awards were streamed live across BAFTA channels, with a special highlights programme on BBC Scotland, which is now available on the BBC iPlayer.

Jude MacLaverty, director of BAFTA Scotland, said: “This year has been an incredibly challenging one for the industry, and of course beyond, so we are absolutely delighted to have been able to recognise the achievements of the very best creative talent in Scotland across the film, games and Television industries, in some way this year.

“Although our Awards had to take a different format this year, it has been a brilliant evening, and we would like to thank our incredible hosts, guest presenters and wonderful partners for helping us deliver such a brilliant show during these difficult times. It really has been absolutely fantastic to celebrate the inspiring work that’s being produced in Scotland over the past year, and we would like to offer our warmest congratulations and raise a virtual glass to all our worthy winners and nominees.”

This year’s British Academy Scotland Awards were supported by official partners, Acqua Panna, Audi UK, Champagne Taittinger, Deloitte, EE, Screen Scotland, S.Pellegrino and Villa Maria.

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BAFTA SCOTLAND WINNERS (winners marked **)

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/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/BBC Scotland


**BETTY Will Anderson – Wanderson Studio

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/BBC Scotland

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

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

SPECIALIST FACTUAL sponsored by Deloitte

CLIMATEGATE: SCIENCE OF A SCANDAL Ross Harper, Steve O’Hagan, Dave Clark – Red Sky Productions/BBC Four

**GREG DAVIES: LOOKING FOR KES Jenny Dames, Richard Bright, David Arthur, Tim Niel – 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

AUDIENCE AWARD in partnership with Screen Scotland







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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is a world-leading independent arts charity that brings the very best work in film, games and television to public attention and supports the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally. Through its awards ceremonies and year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – which includes workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the UK, USA and Asia – BAFTA identifies and celebrates excellence, discovers, inspires and nurtures new talent, and enables learning and creative collaboration. For advice and inspiration from the best creative minds working in film, games and television, . For more, visit .

BAFTA Scotland has been championing the country’s film, games and television industries since 1989, celebrating and rewarding excellence through its annual British Academy Scotland Awards. BAFTA Scotland is at the core of Scotland’s screen industries, regularly engaging its members and the wider industry while reaching out to the public via a comprehensive range of screenings, educational events and masterclasses, including the annual Guru Live Glasgow event, an opportunity for the public and emerging talent to be inspired by a series of masterclasses and panels with industry professionals. For more, visit

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