RIVER City received a top television award for its 20th anniversary special.
The soap opera standalone – a flashback episode that transported Montego Street favorite shellsuit Bob O’Hara into a metaverse featuring iconic characters from the series’ past – was awarded Best Drama by the Royal Television Society (RTS) Scotland excellent.
Meanwhile, Tony Curran picked up Best Actor for his heartbreaking performance in Mayflies and Shauna MacDonald won Best Actress for BBC comedy The Scotts.
Martin Compston’s Scottish Fling, which sees him traveling across the country with his pal Phil MacHugh, won the Entertainment and Features award.
And Alan Cumming received the RTS Scotland Special Award 2023 in recognition of his achievements throughout his career, from hit comedy The High Life to award-winning US series The Good Wife.
The actor said: “I owe my entire career to Scotland. I shot my first film here when I was 20. At 21 I got my first of many roles on Scottish television and my first feature film was a Scottish co-production with a Scottish writer/director.
“I keep coming back to my home country to work on screen and on stage. It is truly an honor to be back in Glasgow where it all began almost four decades ago and to receive this award from RTS. I can barely wait for it!” ”
Presenter Shereen Cutkelvin and Still Game star Sanjeev Kholi presented 28 awards to the winners at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow last night.
And Stephen O’Donnell, chairman of RTS Scotland, added: “What a night! When you see all of this talent gathered in one space, it’s clear that Scotland’s creative community can thrive.
“These awards are so important to recognize the incredible TV talent we have here in Scotland, not only to celebrate their achievements but also to inspire the next generation – something that is vitally important to us at RTS Scotland is.”