The Creative Community Celebrates Scotland’s TV Industry Success

June 18, 2014

Picture (left to right) Kirstin McLean, Paul McCole, Brian Limond, Walter J Grant, Jacqueline Sinclair & Alan McHugh who picked up the Comedy award for Limmy’s Show Christmas Special. Credit: Gillian Sweeney & Dawn Smith

James Wilson, RTS Scotland Chair, reflects on the recent RTS Scotland Awards ceremony and explains why Glasgow is a great base for creative success…


The Royal Television Society (RTS) Scotland recently celebrated the quality and depth of Scotland’s television talent at our inaugural Awards Ceremony. The event took place in the stylish location of Glasgow’s Oran Mor and was hosted by two of Scotland’s finest TV talents, Sanjeev Kohli and Catriona Shearer, with nearly 200 people in attendance.

We were delighted to receive over a hundred entries from 29 different production companies which is proof of the very real strength across all sectors and genres.

Glasgow based companies were out on force as they managed to bag some of the top creative awards on the night.

ISO Design won The Digital Innovation Award presented by Creative Clyde representative, Susan Hunter.  Damien Smith, Mark Breslin and Clyde Lawson were recognised for their work in The Gallery of Lost Art. The judges described it as, “A stunning design and a wonderful way of navigating such content, capturing entirely the ethos of the Tate.” The trio also picked up the award for best graphics and titling for their work in The Shooting Gallery.

These were just two of the awards in a warm summer’s evening celebration of the strength and depth of talent in television production in Scotland – the award for drama was presented to Slate North and BBC Scotland for Field of BloodPiper Alpha: Fire in the Night from STV Productions and Berriff McGinty Films picked up the award for Factual; and Limmys Show Christmas Special, produced by The Comedy Unit, won the Comedy award. The News Coverage award went to STV News, while Scoop of the Year went to Mark Daly and Murdoch Rogers at BBC Scotland News and Current Affairs. Mark Daly was awarded Television Journalist of the Year.

The RTS Scotland Award, which is given at the discretion of the RTS Scotland Awards committee, was presented to Peter Capaldi, acknowledging his outstanding contribution to television.

April Chamberlain, MD at The Comedy Unit and RTS awards chair said, “The aim of these awards is to recognise the extraordinary talent working across the wide range of programmes now being produced in Scotland and also reflect the current broadcasting landscape, breadth of programming, craft and production skills that make up today’s television schedules and beyond.”

The award ceremony, hopefully the first of many, highlighted the breadth of talent within Scotland and we are hopeful that in coming years, it will help raise the profile of Scottish TV production.

Creative Clyde provides a hub for companies in film, TV and radio production, whether a start-up or established.  If you are in the TV industry and would like to showcase your company on the Creative Clyde website, please get in touch.

For more information and to see the full list of winners, please visit the RTS website.