Armando Iannucci to receive Outstanding Contribution award from Bafta Scotland

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Writer and producer Armando Iannucci said he was “uber chuffed” to be receiving a special award from Bafta Scotland.

The director and political satirist, who created the cult political sitcom The Thick of It, will be presented with the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television at a ceremony in Glasgow next month.

Wildlife camerman Doug Allan, who has filmed in extreme environments to help produce nature documentaries such as BBC’s Planet Earth, is also to receive an Outstanding Contribution award.

Iannucci, who was born in Glasgow, started his career with BBC Scotland in the early 1990s and has since made his name with productions including his work on BBC situation comedy I’m Alan Partridge, the sitcom and film, The Thick Of It, which led into In The Loop, and the Emmy award winning Veep.

This year has seen the premiere of his second feature film, The Death of Stalin.

He said: “I’m uber-chuffed to be recognised by Bafta Scotland for the Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television.

“It’s a great honour, it’s a fantastic way for me to pay homage to my Scottish roots and to where so many people helped me in my career.

“A massive thank you to Bafta Scotland; I’m very proud to accept this wonderful award.”

The ceremony will take place at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel on November 5 and will be hosted by Edith Bowman.

Meanwhile camerman Allan will receive the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Craft (In Memory of Robert McCann).

With over 30 years in the industry, Allan is known for his work in extreme environments, both below and above water.

He has worked on more than 65 productions, travelling all over the world including to the upper reaches of Mount Everest.

Allan – who was born in Dunfermline – is one of the most respected wildlife cameramen in the industry and is known for his work in extreme environments, both below and above water.

He was one of the principal cameramen on many award-winning programmes and series including BBC’s Life in the Freezer, Wildlife Special Polar Bear, The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Life, Human Planet, Frozen Planet, Operation Iceberg and Forces of Nature.

He said: “I’ve been very fortunate. My passion for natural history has taken me to so many breath-taking, life-changing, body-challenging filming adventures.

“Along the way I’ve had the chance to work with some of the finest production teams in the business. To receive this Outstanding Contribution to Craft Award from Bafta Scotland is a very real honour and privilege, for which I’m hugely grateful. Glasgow on 5 November will be a night to remember.”

Sir David Attenborough, who has worked with him, said: “Wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug.”

Seventeen awards will be handed out at the ceremony including Actor Film, Actress Film, Feature Film and Game.

T2 Trainspotting has secured five nominations for Feature Film, Director Fiction and three nominations in the Actor Film category for Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle and Ewan McGregor’s performances.

Following with three nominations each are In Plain Sight and The Replacement.

Jude MacLaverty, Director of BAFTA Scotland, said: “We have a tremendous amount of talent in Scotland and feel extremely privileged to be presenting Doug Allan and Armando Iannucci with their Outstanding Contribution awards.

“Both have excelled in their chosen fields and are much respected by their peers within the industry.

“They are leading the way for future generations of our television, film and broadcasting industries in Scotland. Congratulations to both worthy recipients.”

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