The man behind the BAFTA mask

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GLEE is the operative word for southside producer Chris Hulme after picking up a Scottish BAFTA for best children’s programme.

Chris — originally from Clarkston and now living in Strathbungo — attended the star-studded event at the Radisson Blu hotel, keeping his fingers crossed for the live final of Comic Relief Does Glee Club.

The former Williamwood high school head boy accepted the prize in the children’s category alongside colleagues Yvonne Jennings and Julie Kelling — and hopes he has done his parents (now in Newton Mearns) and daughter Lily proud.

Chris (37) told The Extra: “We were the first category so it was quite nervewracking, and I don’t remember my speech at all.

“Apparently the whole ceremony will be on the BAFTA Scotland website soon, so I’m looking forward to seeing what I actually said.

“What was lovely was that a lot of actors, producers etc that I’ve worked with over the years were all congratulating me after.”

Chris has worked at the BBC since 2003, starting on the ground as a runner after degrees in English, from Glasgow University, and journalism, from Napier.

His CV includes work on Coast, Balamory, Location Location Location and TV coverage of T in the Park.

But it was the Comic Relief special — an audience vote-style talent show for the bi-annual fundraiser — which secured a BAFTA mask.

The now award-winning show will be back on screens for Sport Relief in 2014 — with Chris at the helm for the live finals at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay.

Clarkston man Chris was one of 500 guests at the Scottish BAFTAs, where Richard Wilson was awarded for his outstanding contribution to television and film and Kirsty Wark for her contribution to broadcasting.

Cult comedian Brian Limond — originally a southsider — collected the comedy/entertainment award for Limmy’s Show and Alan de Pellette, acting director for BAFTA Scotland, praised the “quality and range in this year’s British Academy Scotland Awards”.