Sunday, 25 October 2020


ROCKETMAN star Taron Egerton spent time in Scotland climbing mountains with his friends during lockdown. 
But when someone asked if he was visiting his movie co star Richard Madden he joked that Richard was a pretend Scot who actually came from Essex. 
The Welsh star and his two pals explored the wilds of Scotland at the end of last month over five days and Taron showed off pictures of the trio exploring the Scottish Munros. 
He appeared to be at the summit of Ben Nevis in Inverness in one of the pictures. 
Ben Nevis, in Invernessshire is the highest mountain in the U.K.  at 1345 metres above sea level.
Taron who wore a Napapijri recycled puffer jacket in some of the pictures had a pair of white trainers on his feet and told fans that he’d left his climbing boots in the van.
He wrote: “In the wilds of Scotland (for some reason left my boots in the van) in my @napapijriCircular Puffer jacket. Not only is it insanely warm, the fabric is made from recycled fishing nets and other waste materials.”
Asked if he’d visited Richard Madden during his trip he said: “No, he’s actually from Essex. He says the accent is ‘better for his brand.’
Richard spent time at a country estate in Scotland in August, where he caught up with fellow acting friends Lily James, Dominic Cooper and Gemma Chan during a rural group holiday.

It was believed that Richard stayed in the Blair Atholl area of Scotland, a village in Perthshire known for its rustic stone buildings and scenic landscape.
Earlier in the day Taron told followers on his Instagram stories that he’d been chopping up dog treats and joked that he needed to get a job.
The star was of course joking about being out of work. 
He has a busy schedule lined up for acting in coming months with the release of Tetris, Little Shop Of Horrors and Sing 2 followed by Kinsman 3 in 2022.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020


WE can hear the jungle drums and the jingle bells as BBC Two comedy Two Doors Down is coming calling this Christmas.


 It was announced in the spring that the award-winning Scottish comedy will be returning to UK screens for a fifth series on BBC Two next year.

But in a surprise move, can now reveal that the BBC has now also signed up for a Christmas special of the comedy to go out this December on BBC Two and BBC Scotland. 

The Christmas special will be filmed in line with Covid-19 industry guidelines but will be taking a side-step from the current pandemic to focus on laughs.


Steven Canny, Executive Producer at BBC Studios Comedy which makes the series in Scotland said: “I’m delighted that Two Doors Down is going to give people the neighbourly get-together they have been missing out on in recent times. Eric, Beth, Colin, Cathy, Ian, Gordon and, of course, Christine get together to celebrate in the way that only they can. This special episode is the complete package of uncomfortable comments, barbed compliments and, of course, a ton of laughs.”


Further details of the Christmas special will be released at a later date but it will feature Arabella Weir as Beth and Alex Norton as Eric - the long-suffering Bairds  - and Elaine C Smith as Christine, Doon Mackichan as Cathy and Jonathan Watson as her husband Colin Whyte, Jamie Quinn as the Bairds’ son Ian and Kieran Hodgson as his boyfriend Gordon.


Graeme ‘Grado’ Stevely and Joy McAvoy, who play young couple Alan and Michelle, will not feature in the Christmas special but will be back for the fifth series, which is due to be recorded and shown next year.


Two Doors Down was launched with a Hogmanay special at the end of 2013 before going onto become the much loved series. It last had a Christmas special in 2018, with its fourth series going on to air in 2019. It has received multiple awards including the Best Comedy award at the 2017 Royal Television Society Scotland Awards and Elaine C. Smith won Best Actress at the BAFTA Scotland Awards in 2018. It is one of BBC Two and BBC Scotland’s top performing comedies. Over the course of 2020, Two Doors Down has been shown on the BBC Scotland channel, with all four series available to watch on BBC iPlayer where it has been gathering an army of new fans. In total the four series have amassed more than 30m requests on BBC iPlayer. It is a BBC Studios Comedy production, written by Simon Carlyle and Gregor Sharp. 


The fifth series had been re-commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy, and Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two, who also gave the go-ahead for the Christmas 2020 special.


Tuesday, 20 October 2020


THE nominations for The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Scotland (BAFTA Scotland) are in and Guilt is leading the way with five nominations alongside Elizabeth Is Missing with four nominations.  

We always love a red carpet at and we will be sure to get our sequins on for the big event this year - even if it is virtual. 

The very best talent in film, games and television produced in Scotland will be celebrated this year on Tuesday December 8. over the last year.

 First time nominees this year include Lois Chimimba (Group) Mirren Mack (The Nest) and Jamie Sives (Guilt) 

There’s also a new Audience Award in  

conjunction with Screen Scotland which sees productions including Black and Scottish, Guilt, 

Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming, The Nest, Outlander and River City In the running, 

The Awards, which include two Outstanding Contribution Awards and the new Audience Awardwill be presented at the digital ceremony by Edith Bowman who tells us she will miss the heckles this year, but not the cold of the red carpet. 

Edith will host a socially distant, closed-studio show alongside Sanjeev Kohli and other guest presenters. 

The ceremony will be live streamed from 19.00 GMT on BAFTA’Facebook and YouTubechannels and followed by a highlights show on BBC Scotland at 22.00 GMT.  

Members of the public can cast their vote for the Audience Award from 10.00 GMT on 21 October until 17.00 GMT on 18 November on the BAFTA Scotland website (

Jude MacLaverty, Director of BAFTA Scotland, said: We are absolutely delighted to be announcing our British Academy Scotland Award nominations, which highlight the phenomenal level of talent and creativity in the film, game and television industries within Scotland. We are also thrilled to welcome EE back as the Official Network Partner to the Awards this year and to be working in partnership with Screen Scotland on a brand new Audience Award. During these challenging times, TV has both entertained and informed the public, and it seems only fitting that the viewing public is given the chance to have their say. Although our Awards format is different this year, our passion for and commitment to recognising talent and celebrating achievement remains, and we are really looking forward to celebrating all of our nominees on 8 December.”

Edith Bowman, returning host of the ceremony, added: I am very excited to be returning to host the British Academy Scotland Awards, albeit for a slightly different show this year. Now, more than ever, it is vital that we celebrate and recognise the achievements of the country’s film, games and television industries, reminding everyone of the importance and enjoyment of the arts.  This year’s list of nominees highlight yet again the wealth of creative talent and craft that exists in Scotland. I can’t wait to announce this year's winners on 8 December.” 






ACTOR TELEVISION sponsored by Audi UK


NCUTI GATWA Sex Education





GLENDA JACKSON Elizabeth is Missing




STEWART KYASIMIRE - Black and Scottish

JOHN MACLAVERTY - The Battle of Skye Bridge

MATT PINDER - Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming


DIRECTOR - FICTION sponsored by Champagne Taittinger


LYNSEY MILLER Deadwater Fell

AISLING WALSH Elizabeth is Missing  



SCOT SQUAD: THE CHIEF’S ELECTION INTERVIEWS Jack Docherty, Joe Hullait, Iain Davidson, Marie McDonald - The Comedy Unit/BBC Scotland 

SELLING SCOTLAND Jack Docherty, Mark Downie, Liam McArdle, Julyan Sinclair - IWC Media/BBC Scotland

TEST DRIVE Derek McLean, Daniel Nettleton, Lynsey Wylie, Katy Smith – Bandicoot Scotland/BBC Scotland



DARREN MCGARVEY'S SCOTLAND Harry Bell, Stephen Bennett, Darren McGarvey, Ceara East - Tern Television/BBC Scotland 

FRANKIE BOYLE'S TOUR OF SCOTLAND Mick McAvoy, Nicky Waltham, Graeme Hart, Frankie Boyle -Two Rivers Media/BBC Two

MURDER TRIAL: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MARGARET FLEMING Matt Pinder, Audrey McColligan, Iain Scollay, Lorraine McKechnie – Firecrest Films/BBC Scotland



A COUNTRY LIFE FOR HALF THE PRICE Kate Humble, Andrew Jackson, Louise Scrivens, Iain Robson – Raise the Roof Productions/Channel 5

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Production Team - IWC Media/Channel 4

SCOTLAND'S HOME OF THE YEAR Production Team – IWC Media/BBC Scotland



AUTONAUTS Aaron Puzey, Gary Penn - Denki

CLOUDPUNK Marko Dieckmann, Thomas Welsh, Rebecca Roe, Roman Agapov - Ion Lands

DEAD END JOB Production Team - Ant Workshop



THE NINE Production Team - BBC Scotland

SCOTLAND'S LOCKDOWN (DISCLOSURE)Production Team - BBC Scotland/BBC One Scotland

THE WAR NEXT DOOR: SCOTLAND AND THE TROUBLES Brendan Hughes, Harry Bell, Morag Tinto, Andrew Chambers – Tern Television/BBC Scotland 



BETTY Will Anderson - Autoproduction

THE LAST TRAIN Ross Hogg, Sean Mulvenna – LUX Scotland/BBC

THE MOTORIST Ciaran Lyons, Beth Allan, David Liddell, Chris Lyons - Forest of Black



THE BATTLE OF SKYE BRIDGE Harry Bell, John MacLaverty, Noel Nelis, Cara Maclean – Tern Television Productions/BBC Scotland
BEING GAIL PORTER Harry Bell, Anne-Claire Pilley – Tern Television Productions/BBC Scotland
DOOMAN Darren Hercher, Dave Arthur, Karen Emsley – CTVC/BBC Scotland


SPECIALIST FACTUAL sponsored by Deloitte

CLIMATEGATE: SCIENCE OF A SCANDALProduction Team - Red Sky Productions/BBC Four

GREG DAVIES: LOOKING FOR KES Jenny Dames, Richard Bright, David Arthur, Fran Kilgour – BBC Studios/BBC Four

MISS WORLD 1970: BEAUTY QUEENS AND BEDLAM Hannah Berryman, Lizzie Webster, Patrick Smith, Richard Bright - BBC Studios/BBC Two



DEADWATER FELL Production Team – Kudos/Channel 4

ELIZABETH IS MISSING Andrea Gibb, Aisling Walsh, Sarah Brown, Chrissy Skinns – STV Productions/BBC One
GUILT Production Team - Expectation/Happy Tramp North/BBC Scotland


WRITER FILM/TELEVISION supported by Screen Scotland

ANDREA GIBB Elizabeth is Missing


PAUL LAVERTY Sorry We Missed You


THE BAFTA SCOTLAND AUDIENCE AWARD in partnership with Screen Scotland







Thursday, 15 October 2020


LOVE Island’s  Paige Turley locked her boyfriend Finley Tapp in a car in an underground car park with no phone for an hour and a half - leading to him writing a note to a passerby in a bid to escape. 
The bizarre incident happened last week fter Finley and girlfriend Paige Turley returned from an unsuccessful Christmas tree buying trip.  
A clearly flustered Finley who had planned to head out to Sainsbury's to pick up some other bits and bobs explained that Paige locked him in the car thinking he’d already gone to the shops.
He told fans: “The Christmas shopping didn’t really go very well. We came back empty handed. When we arrived back to the flat I said to Paige I was going to go to Sainsbury’s. I’ve put on my shoes and Paige has left the car and locked the car behind her. Paige wandered up to the flat thinking I’ve gone to Sainsbury's and I’m locked in the car.”
Finley then realised nobody would know he was in their Audi TT car in the underground car park at their Manchester apartment, so he decided to try and set the car alarm off.
He explained: “So I’m waving about like this trying to set the alarm off and trying to alert people because I’m locked in this little TT and I swear to God I was losing air. I was in there for an hour and a half and I couldn’t get out.”
What made matters worse was there was no phone reception. 
An upset Finley added: “I was fuming. I had no service cause it’s underground and I was in there on my own no phone, no nothing, no radio, cause there’s no signal for an hour and a half.”
Eventually a neighbour noticed him moving around the car and stopped to see what was going on before contacting the building concierge. 
Finley said: “ I wrote a little note to a guy who, bless him, stayed with me for twenty minutes and he went to the concierge and rang down but Paige wasn’t responding so I resorted to writing him a little note.”
“He went down to the concierge to get them to phone Paige in the room. Paige I don’t think was there the first time. Anyway it took a while and this guy had somewhere to be and waited with me for twenty minutes and then Paige comes down p***ing herself laughing.”
It was the end of a stressful week for the couple who admitted they had barneys and couldn’t agree on getting a fake or real tree this year - and what should go on top - an angel  or a star? 

Tuesday, 13 October 2020


THE Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award has announced that this year’s Shortlist will be featured in Tim Burgess’ Twitter Listening Parties from 26th to 28th October ahead of the winner announcement ceremony on 29th October, live on can’t wait to watch the virtual ceremony on the night but we will miss the rock n roll after party this year which last year saw us mingling with everyone from The Vegan Leather to Young Fathers.

 In a special one off series to celebrate the 10 outstanding Scottish albums making up the ShortlistTim Burgess has teamed up with The SAY Award to bring music fans together to discover their new favourite Scottish album each evening, prior to the winner announcement on Thursday 29th OctoberTim’s Listening Parties have become a cultural phenomenon, developed into an almost-nightly event and will celebrate their 500th Listening Party on 25th October.

The SAY Award Shortlist for 2020 is: 
Blanck Mass Animated Violence Mild
Bossy Love Me + U
Callum Easter Here Or Nowhere
Cloth Cloth
Comfort Not Passing
Declan Welsh & The Decadent West Cheaply Bought, Expensively Sold
Erland Cooper Sule Skerry
The Ninth Wave Infancy

The concept, created by Tim Burgess, came to life on Twitter during lockdown, attracting thousands of music lovers across the country as Tim explored some of the most iconic albums from artists like Oasis, KT Tunstall, Joy Division, Anna Meredith, Hot Chip, CHVRCHES, Laura Marling, Michael Kiwanuka, Wolf Alice and more. Listeners stream or play the chosen album at the allocated start time, and fans will have the opportunity to explore all 10 albums on this year’s Shortlist with Tim and the relevant artist as they tweet along; sharing memories or insights into making the album. Listeners are invited to ask questions and share their thoughts on each of the chosen albums using the hashtag#TimsTwitterListeningParty. 

The highly anticipated Shortlist includes a record-breaking EIGHT debut albums, the most to ever feature on a SAY Award Shortlist.
Timings for The SAY Award#TimsTwitterListeningParty special are:
Monday 26th October
7pm Callum Easter ‘Here Or Nowhere’
9pm Erland Cooper ‘Sule Skerry’
10pm Blanck Mass ‘Animated Violence Mild’
Tuesday 27th October 
6pm Bossy Love ‘Me + U’
7pm Declan Welsh & The Decadent West ‘Cheaply Bought, Expensively Sold’
9pm Comfort ‘Not Passing’
10pm SHHE ‘SHHE’
Wednesday 28th October
6pm NOVA ‘RE-UP’
7pm The Ninth Wave ‘Infancy’
10pm Cloth ‘Cloth’

Following each party, the Twitter conversations will be archived on

For 2020’s SAY Award, a record-breaking 362 eligible album submissions were narrowed down to the 20-strong Longlist by 100 impartial nominators; representing a variety of genres including jazz, classical, hip-hop, pop, trad folk, rock, electronic, indie and many more. The Longlist has now been whittled down to a Shortlist of just 10 albums; 9 chosen by the Judging Panel and 1 as the winner of the public vote.
The winner of The SAY Award will be announced onThursday 29th October, with this year’s ceremony pivoting to become an online event, broadcast as a YouTube Premiere. One artist and their album will be crowned the Scottish Album of the Year, in turn collecting one of the most lucrative prize funds in the UK: £20,000.

Developed and produced by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), the 2020 campaign will be delivered in partnership with Creative Scotland,City of Edinburgh Council, YouTube Music, 54EP, Sweetdram, Culture & Business Fund Scotland via Arts & Business Scotland, PPL, Summerhall, Ticketmaster and new charity partner Music Declares Emergency.

Previous winners of The SAY Award include Auntie Flo ‘Radio Highlife’ (2019), Young Fathers ‘Cocoa Sugar’ (2018), Sacred Paws ‘Strike A Match’ (2017), Anna Meredith ‘Varmints’ (2016), Kathryn Joseph ‘Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I’ve Spilled’ (2015), Young Fathers ‘Tape Two’ (2014), RM Hubbert ‘Thirteen Lost & Found’ (2013) and the inaugural winner Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ (2012).

To keep up with The SAY Award 2020 journey, make sure you follow the award on Twitter @SAYaward, Instagram @sayaward and Facebook @SAYaward