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Still Game star stunned by awards snub as stage show deemed "not Scottish"

Still Game star Greg Hemphill has hit out after the live stage version of the TV show was ruled out of a major Scottish theatre award - because of its English production team.

Hemphill, who stars as Victor in the hit comedy, blasted the decision on Twitter after the sold-out run of 21 shows at the Hydro failed to get a single nod from the prestigious Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland [CATS].

Despite being written by Scots Hemphill and Ford Kiernan, and featuring an all Scottish cast, CATS said Still Game: Live could not be considered because it was produced by London-based Phil McIntyre Entertainments.

Taking to social media, Hemphill wrote: "Written by Scots, performed by Scots, in Scotland. Not Scottish. Hahaha!"

The Still Game boys were reunited in September last year, selling over 210,000 tickets for their run of sell-out shows at Glasgow's SSE Hydro, following a seven-year hiatus.

A spokeswoman for the Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland, explained their reasoning for omitting Still Game from the shortlist.

She said: "We have our criteria, which involves the show being produced in Scotland - this show was in fact produced by a production company in London.

"It's not about the cast being Scottish, or 'how Scottish it is' - the show was well researched and its production is, in fact, in London," she added.

"We have had many other shows that have not made our shortlist before because the production company is not in Scotland - it's not just about where the show is actually performed."

Following Hemphill's tweets, some Still Game enthusiasts added their thoughts:

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