Documentaries exploring 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 during of a gala ceremony in Glasgow.
Des Clarke, Shereen Cutkelvin and Lawrence Chaney hosted the ceremony at the Old Fruitmarket, which saw the presentation of 25 awards.
Among those honored was Steff Smith, who was named best writer for the coming-of-age romance story Float, which was set in a small city swimming pool broadcast as a micro- six-part drama, each episode lasting just ten minutes.
The second series of Neil Forsyth’s dark crime mystery Guilt, which starred Mark Bonnar, Emun Elliott, Moyo Akande and Sara Vickers, was named Best Drama before the series returns for a third and final series.
Vigil, which saw Suranne Jones play a police detective sent aboard a nuclear submarine to investigate a mysterious death, was recognized for Best Sound.
Former Rangers star Walters was honored in the historical documentary category for a program that recalled the key pioneers of black football in Scotland, including Andrew Watson, the world’s first black international player, who captained the Scotland versus England. The documentary explored Walters’ own experiences of racism from opposition fans.
BBC Scotland has been recognized as the best current affairs program for a Panorama survey into why black men are more likely than white men to die in police custody in the UK.
Darren McGarvey’s Class Wars, a series exploring the existence and impact of social class across Scotland, was recognized as the best factual documentary, while the rapper-turned-writer and broadcaster was named ‘Personality at Home’. ‘screen’ of the year.
Dolly: The Sheep That Changed the World was named best science and natural history documentary, while Matt Pinder was named best director for the two-part series The Hunt For Bible John.
BBC Alba’s live coverage of the 2021 Scots Trad Music Awards, produced by Beezr Studios for the Gaelic Challenge, was named Best Live Event.
The entertainment and feature film award went to Extraordinary Escapes starring Sandi Toksvig, which sees the comic take well-known female performers – Sarah Millican, Sara Pascoe, Jenny Eclair and Sue Johnston – on “the most wildest, most remote and most beautifully designed”. . Antique Road Trip was named best day program.
STV was honored for best media coverage, while BBC Scotland’s Katie McEvinney was named young journalist of the year.
Cèol is Cràdh, an hour-long documentary which saw singer Mischa MacPherson interview a host of leading Scottish musicians about their experiences with depression and anxiety, was named best artistic documentary.
Stephen O’Donnell, Chairman of the Royal Television Society Scotland, said: “Television continues to inform, entertain and inspire millions of people every day and it was fantastic to welcome everyone in person to recognize the great work that hit screens in 2021.
“It was a very competitive shortlist and I want to send heartfelt congratulations to all of the winners and nominees.”