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In the Loop scoops Scots Baftas

Armando Iannucci
Armando Iannucci picked up the best director award

The political satire In the Loop has swept the board at the Scottish Baftas.

The spin-off from the BBC TV series The Thick of It won three awards for best actor, best director and best writing.

Peter Capaldi, the foul-mouthed spin doctor in the satire, was named best actor and Daniela Nardini won Best TV actress for her role in New Town.

In the Loop's Glasgow-born writer and director Armando Iannucci, who picked up the best director award, said it was a good night for Scots Italians.

Robert Carlyle was named best TV actor for his film The Unloved while BBC Scotland's Rab C Nesbitt Christmas special was named best entertainment programme.

In The Loop follows a British delegation during the build-up to a crucial UN vote to invade a Middle Eastern country.

Iannucci, who is also responsible for news satire The Day Today and the Alan Partridge shows, picked up the award on behalf of Capaldi.

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In The Loop scoops Bafta honours

He said: "Peter is at the moment flogging the film in LA because it's the start of the award season there.

"He was gutted to find out it had clashed with this."

Crying With Laughter, the debut feature film by writer and director Justin Molotnikov, picked up the Feature Film award.

The film, which was part-funded by BBC Scotland, beat Richard Jobson's New Town Killers and Kurdi.

There were also special awards for composer Patrick Doyle, director Bill Forsyth and broadcaster Sir Jeremy Isaacs.

In the news and current affairs category, there was a Bafta for BBC Scotland's undercover investigation, Britain's Homecare Scandal.

'Pretty confident'

The BBC dominated the awards, with 32 nominations.

For the first time since 2004, STV received no nominations, at a time when the broadcaster says it is concentrating on local programming.

Alan Clements, director of content at STV, said he was disappointed by the lack of programmes in the running.

"It's a shame there's not an STV representation," he said.

"But next year I'm pretty confident there will be because obviously production takes a long time and we're only getting going with it."

The awards, which celebrate the best of Scottish film, TV and multimedia, were held in Glasgow's Science Centre.



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