THE nominations for the 1993 Bafta Scotland awards provide the BBC and

Scottish Television with an equal share of the potential honours.

The short list for ''the tartan Oscars'', introduced last year in

recognition of Scotland's contribution to film and television, also

includes a liberal sprinkling from the independent sector.

However, the current upsurge in popularity of Gaelic television

programmes does not appear to be reflected in award terms. There is no

special section for Gaelic broadcasting and only three of the 39

television nominations are for Gaelic-language programmes.

At three apiece, the programmes with most nominations are The Long

Roads, John McGrath's funny and moving film for BBC Scotland and STV's

highly successful re-make of Dr Finlay.

The former is nominated for best single drama, best television actress

(Edith MacArthur) and best writer (McGrath). The latter is included in

the categories best drama series, best actor (Ian Bannen), and best

actress (Annette Crosbie).

Tell Tale Hearts, BBC Scotland's controversial three-parter about a

child killer, is nominated twice -- for best drama serial and best

television actor (Bill Paterson) -- as is STV's ever-popular Taggart --

for best drama series and best writer (Glenn Chandler).

The nominations for the best light entertainment programme suggests

that it will be one of the keenest contests. Last year's winner, Rab C.

Nesbitt, is up aginst stiff opposition in the shape of Dorothy Paul's

one-woman show, See That's Her, and the second series of Muriel Gray's

The Munro Show.

The Herald, which is a promotional partner in this year's event, will

be providing the award for the best television journalist. The three

nominees in this category are Jane Franchi, Donald McCormick, and Kirsty


In the best feature film section, the three contenders are Mike

Alexander's Gaelic language movie, As An Eilean; Blue Black Permanent,

directed by Margaret Tait; and Peter Capaldi's Soft Top Hard Shoulder.

The award ceremony takes place in Glasgow on November 4 and BBC

Scotland will broadcast highlights of the event two nights later.

The full list of nominations are:

Best Single Drama: Crime Story -- The Britoil Affair; The Bogie Man;

The Long Roads. Best Drama Series or Serial: Dr Finlay, Taggart, Tell

Tale Hearts. Best Feature Film: As An Eilean; Blue Black Permanent; Soft

Top Hard Shoulder. Best Short Film: A Small Deposit; Franz Kafka's It's

a Wonderful Life; Sealladh: The Vision.

Best Documentary: A Scot On Death Row; EX-S in Cuba: They're Still

Dancing; This Mine Is Ours. Best Current Affairs Programme: Axiom: The

Irish Question; Focal Point: Not Proven, That Bastard Verdict; Scottish

Reporters: Bosnia. Best Arts Programme: Acoustic Routes; Edinburgh

Nights '92; EX-S in Cuba: They're Still Dancing.

Best Light Entertainment Programme: Dorothy Paul -- See That's Her;

Rab C Nesbitt: The Lesson; The Munro Show, Series Two. Best Television

Actor: Ian Bannen (Dr Finlay); Bill Paterson (Tell Tale Heart), Richard

Wilson (One Foot In The Grave). Best Television Actress: Maureen Beattie

(Casualty); Annette Crosbie (One Foot In The Grave and Dr Finlay); Edith

MacArthur (The Long Roads).

Best Film Actor: Peter Capaldi (Soft Top Hard Shoulder); Bobby Carlyle

(Riff Raff); Alan Cummings (Prague). Best Film Actress: Elaine Collins

(Soft Top Hard Shoulder); Gerda Stevenson (Blue Black Permanent); Tilda

Swinton (Orlando and Man To Man). Herald Television Journalist Award:

Jane Franchi, Donald McCormick, Kirsty Wark. Best Children's Programme

or Film: Christmas Kettles; F.O.T.; The Legend of Lochnagar.

Best Special Interest Programme: Hooked on Scotland: Argyll; Moment of

Truth: Lockerbie; Talla A Bhaile. Best Writer: Daniel Boyle (Morse);

Glenn Chandler (Taggart); John McGrath (The Long Roads).