Documentaries on the hunt for serial killer Bible John, the life of Scottish boxing legend Ken Buchanan, the groundbreaking impact of Dolly the Sheep and the mental health struggles of some of the country’s leading traditional musicians were recognized at a gala event in Glasgow.
Des Clarke, Sherin Cottkelvin and Laurence Chaney hosted the ceremony at the Old Fruitmarket, where 25 awards were handed out.
Among the honorees was Steph Smith, who was named best writer for the coming-of-age love story Float , which aired as a six-part micro-drama set in a small-town swimming pool with each episode lasting just 10 minutes.
The second series of Neil Forst’s dark crime mystery Guilt, starring Mark Bonner, Imun Elliott, Moyo Akande and Sarah Vickers, was named best drama before the show’s return for a third and final series.
Vigil, which saw Suran Jones playing a police detective sent aboard a nuclear submarine to investigate a mysterious death in a nuclear submarine based in Scotland, was recognized for Best Sound.
Former Rangers star Walters was honored in the history documentary category for a program which commemorated Scotland’s leading black football pioneers, including the world’s first black international player Andrew Watson, who captained Scotland against England, and explored Walters’ own experience of racism. Opposition fans.
BBC Scotland was recognized for best current affairs program for a Panorama investigation into why black men are more likely to die in police custody than white men in the UK.
Darren McGarvey’s Class Wars, a series exploring the existence and influence of social class across Scotland, was recognized as best documentary, while the rapper-turned-writer and broadcaster was named “on-screen personality” of the year.
Dolly: The Sheep That Changed the World was nominated for Best Science and Natural History Documentary, while Matt Pinder was named Best Director for the two-part series The Hunt for Bible John.
BBC Alberta’s live coverage of the 2021 Scots Trade Music Awards, produced by Beezr Studios for the Gaelic Challenge, was named Best Live Event.
The entertainment and feature award went to Fantastic Escapes with Sandy Toksvig, in which the comic takes a cast of well-known female performers — Sarah Millican, Sarah Pascoe, Jenny Eclair and Sue Johnston — to “the wildest, most remote, and beautifully designed holiday digs.” Antique Road Trip Announced as the best day programme.
STV was honored for best news coverage and BBC Scotland’s Katie McEweeney was named Young Journalist of the Year.
Cèol is Cràdh, an hour-long documentary in which singer Misha McPherson interviews leading Scottish musicians about their experiences with depression and anxiety, was nominated for Best Arts Documentary.
Stephen O’Donnell, chair of the Royal Television Society Scotland, said: “TV informs, entertains and inspires millions of people every day and it was fantastic to welcome everyone in person to recognize the great work that comes to screens in 2021.
“It was a fiercely competitive shortlist and I would like to extend a huge congratulations to all the winners and nominees.”