THE star took time to praise the Scotland-based show, in which he plays New Gowan, as he collected his award at the ceremony in Glasgow tonight.
BILL PATERSON reckons he managed to give the BAFTA Scotland audience a slice of Outlander even though the show didn't manage to get any nominations at the award ceremony.
Bill, who plays lawyer Ned Gowan in the US British fantasy series picked up a well-deserved lifetime achievement award for his Outstanding Contribution to Film & Television.
He joked on the red carpet: "Maybe that's why I'm here. If they show a little clip from Outlander it'll give them a reason. Sam Heughan is wonderful, and there is a huge amount of good acting and production values.
"I don't know. It's not too American a programme, not to mention the fact all the hundreds of people who get work from doing it. I must say that's a surprise."
Bill who reckons his best piece of work was for Ian Banks' Crow Road for which he won an award, reckons his biggest loss was not to meet Ridley Scott for a part in Alien.
He laughed: "I turned down the opportunity to go to meet Ridley Scott for a part in a film called Alien and thought no one goes to see sci fi anymore. I got the full script and that was a good thing.
"It was in 1978 and I once told Ridley Scott I'd done that, not turning up for a meeting and he said, 'I never noticed'."