The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Scotland (BAFTA Scotland) has announced actor, writer and director Alan Cumming will be the next special guest to feature in the ‘In Conversation’ event at Oran Mor, Glasgow, on November 27.

Cumming is a Tony and Olivier Award-winner and a multiple Golden Globe and Emmy nominee.

This year, Cumming took up a residence in The Hub for the month of August at Edinburgh International Festival with a late-night cabaret, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.

Jude MacLaverty, drector of BAFTA Scotland, said: “We are extremely honoured to be welcoming one of the most prestigious names in the television, film and broadcasting industries. Alan Cumming is a remarkable talent and we are proud to have him as our guest at the ‘In Conversation’ event.”

The V&A said it has surpassed 1.5 million visitors to its David Bowie Is exhibition, making it the most-visited show in the museum’s 164-year history.

The exhibition has been on a worldwide tour of ten venues since being at the V&A in 2013, and has travelled to eight sites in countries including Canada, Australia and Brazil.

It is currently in its final weeks at the Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo) in Italy, and will open at the Terrada G1 building in Tokyo, Japan in January 2017 followed by the Museu del Disseny, Barcelona in May.

The V&A, which is building a new museum in Dundee, was given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of his career.

Around 312,000 visitors saw David Bowie Is at the V&A in London, where the Museum opened late opened late to cope with demand to view the sell-out show. The exhibition was also the subject of a feature film, David Bowie is happening now.

Twelve war memorials across Scotland are set to be conserved and repaired after being awarded a share of £55,000 worth of grant funding by War Memorials Trust, through the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund.

The recipients are spread across Scotland, with memorials in Fife, Perthshire, the Western Isles, East Lothian, and the Highlands all set to benefit from funding. The grants range from nearly £13,000 to carry out major repair and conservation works to the war memorial in Prestonpans, and roof repair of a war memorial hall in Dairsie, down to smaller grants of around £1,300 for minor repairs.

The fund – which is managed by War Memorials Trust on behalf of Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Government – allows communities throughout Scotland to apply for financial help to conserve and repair their war memorials.

These grants bring the total amount offered to 95 Scottish war memorials to £726,488 since the scheme was launched by Former First Minister Alex Salmond in 2013.

Up to 10% of Scotland’s estimated 6,000 war memorials are in either ‘poor’ or ‘very bad’ condition, the Trust says.