Scottish talent recognised in BAFTA Television nominations

Glasgow-based STV Productions, actor Ncuti Gatwa, comedian Frankie Boyle and casting agent Des Hamilton are among the Scottish nominees at this year’s BAFTA Television and BAFTA Television Craft Awards.

In the BAFTA Television AwardsSTV Productions have two productions in contention The Victim starring Kelly MacDonaldJohn Hannah and James Harkness is nominated in the mini-series category, whilst Elizabeth is Missing is up for Single Drama and the drama’s lead Glenda Jackson is nominated for Leading Actress, which marked her return to acting after over 25 years. Both The Victim and Elizabeth is Missing were supported in production by Screen Scotland.

Kelly MacDonald in The Victim

Kelly MacDonald in The Victim

Scottish actor Ncuti Gatwa is nominated in the Male Performance in a Comedy Programme category for his role in hit Netflix series Sex Education.

Frankie Boyle is nominated for Best Entertainment Performance for his BBC Two series Frankie Boyle’s New World Order.

HBO drama Succession starring Scottish actor Brian Cox, which filmed on location in Scotland with the support of Screen Scotland, is also nominated in the International category.


Matthew Macfayden and Sarah Snook in Succession

The BAFTA Television Awards 2020 will take place via live stream on Friday 31 July and will be hosted by Richard Ayoade.

Meanwhile in the BAFTA Television Craft Awards which were also announced on Thursday 4 June, Scottish Casting Agent Des Hamilton was nominated in the Scripted Casting category for his work on Netflix series Top Boy, starring Ashley Walters.

The BAFTA Television Craft Awards 2020 will take place via live stream on Friday 17 July and will be hosted by Stephen Mangan.

The BAFTA nominations come after Scotland’s television talent was celebrated at the Royal Television Society (RTS) Scotland Awards on Wednesday evening.

One of the main winners on the night of the RTS Scotland Awards was Forres-based production company Happy Tramp North’s BBC Scotland/BBC Two comedy drama Guilt starring Mark Bonnar and Jamie Sives which won Best Drama and Nanu Segal BSC also won in the Camera category for his work on the mini-series. Screen Scotland supported Happy Tramp North to develop and produce Guilt and to support training opportunities during production.

Mark Bonnar and Jamie Sives in Guilt

Mark Bonnar and Jamie Sives in Guilt

Screenwriter Andrea Gibb also won in the Writer category for Elizabeth is Missing.

Elizabeth is MissingGlenda Jackson in Elizabeth is Missing

David Smith
Director of Screen at Screen Scotland said: “Television from Scotland is increasingly recognised for its range, quality and diversity. It is fantastic to see Scotland’s talent recognised in both the BAFTA Television and Television Craft Awards and celebrated through the RTS Scotland Awards. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees based in Scotland and thank you for continuing to push forward our international reputation as a centre of genuine excellence in TV storytelling and production."