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Still Game scoops Scottish Bafta

BBC sitcom Still Game has been named the best programme to come out of Scotland – by the viewers themselves.

The show, starring Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill as a couple of pensioners, won the viewers’ vote in the Scottish Baftas last night.

It was up against Chewin The Fat – the sketch show from which it spawned – as well as Location, Location, Location, River City, Rebus and Taggart.

Still Game actor Paul Riley also took home the best performance award for his role as Winston, who has lost a leg as well as £32,000 gambling winnings in the show,

The sitcom is made by independent production house The Comedy Unit, whose senior comedy producer Rab Christie also won a prize of his own.

A pilot show he co-wrote, Dear Green Place, won top prize in the entertainment category. Like Still Game and Chewin The Fat, it starred Ford Kiernan, Greg Hemphill and Paul Riley

Young stand-up Greg McHugh was also a nominee, indirectly, as star as the E4 Funny Cut short film Tank Commander. Its director Will Andrews was up for best first time director, but the Bafta went to Yulua Mahr for her programme, Drowning.

Posted: 13 Nov 2006

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