Best fictional hero

LORRAINE Simpson started off a popular new category when she launched "best fictional hero" with Groundskeeper Willie and Rab C Nesbitt among her selections. More choices followed, including Chris Guthrie from Lewis Grassic Gibbon's Sunset Song trilogy, Oor Wullie and Lara Croft. Here are David's five choices:


Still Game

The Craiglang pensioners have had an amazing life since spinning out of a series of Chewin' The Fat sketches into their own show. Beyond the fantastic humour, which works on all sorts of levels, from slapstick to random abuse and clever wordplay, there is a deep human touch to the show. Jack and Victor may be a pair of irascible, foul-mouthed pensioners, but they also display friendship, loyalty, stoicism and humour in the face of adversity. Winston, Tam and Isa are arguably worthy of mention in their own right as great characters.


from Gregory's Girl

There are lots of words beginning with g that could describe John Gordon Sinclair's character in one of Scotland's best-loved films - gauche, gangly, gawky, geeky, even giraffe-like. Yet his portrayal of the troubled Cumbernauld teen in his tight football strip is a joy to behold, with all his faults and foibles. Dee Hepburn is lovely too as Dorothy.


from Star Trek

Montgomery Scott , chief engineer on the Starship Enterprise, is the best-known intergalactic Scot. Played by Canadian James Doohan in countless episodes, Scotty played the bagpipes at Spock's funeral in The Wrath of Kahn. The phrase "Beam me up, Scotty" is common parlance among Star Trek fans the world over. The battle to be the "real" birthplace of Scotty seems to have been won by Linlithgow, which now has a Scotty exhibition.


You may argue that Bond is not really Scottish, but he was educated at Fettes College in Edinburgh - and Edinburgh milkman Sean Connery is still without compare as the best-ever Bond.


A J Cronin's ambitious young GP from the village of Tannochbrae was consistently popular on British television between 1962 and 1971. Dr Finlay and his curmudgeonly senior partner Dr Cruickshank took on the medical challenges of a Scottish village in the 1920s.


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