A History of Scotland Scoops RTS Programme Award Shortlisting

A TV documentary series which last year charted the history of Scotland has been shortlisted for a prize at awards being hosted by the Royal Television Society.

A History of Scotland – made by BBC Scotland – is up against two other contenders for the Nations and Regions title at the RTS Programme Awards, which will be unveiling the winners a fortnight tomorrow, at a ceremony in London.

But it wasn't nominated in the History category.

Joining BBC Scotland is Glasgow-based Mallinson Sadler Productions, which is behind 'Death of a Battleship', part of a series, 'Deep Wreck Mysteries', and made as part of a co-production with UTV.

Said MSP's managing director, Crispin Sadler: “We are really pleased to have been nominated for the RTS Nations and Regions award. This was the first time we had worked with UTV and by bringing them together with North American broadcasters we were able to produce a high-quality international co-production which would otherwise have been beyond the means of the Northern Irish broadcaster. We see this very much as the future of documentary production, allowing small independent companies such as ourselves to end sharing a platform with such high-end productions as History of Scotland and Shameless.” Sadler was producer/director of Death of a Battleship.

Says the RTS, about the awards: “[They] celebrate all genres of television programming, from children's fiction to comedy performance, history to soaps. Covering both national and regional output, the Programme Awards aim to recognise the work of exceptional actors, presenters, writers and production teams, as well honouring the programmes themselves.

The shortlist reads: 

Actor (Female)

Naomie Harris – Small Island Ruby Television Production in association with AL Films for BBC One

Suranne Jones – Unforgiven Red Production Company for ITV1

Julie Walters – A Short Stay in Switzerland BBC Productions for BBC One

Actor (Male)

Stephen Graham – The Street ITV Studios for BBC One

Tom Hardy – The Take Company Pictures/Warner Sisters for Sky 1

David Oyelowo – Small Island Ruby Television Production in association with AL Films for BBC One

Arts

Baroque ZCZ Films for BBC Four

The First Movie A CONNECTfilm/Screen Siren Pictures Production for More4

What Is Beauty? Seneca Productions for BBC Two

Children's Drama

MI High Kudos Film and Television for CBBC

Roy JAM Media for CBBC

The Sarah Jane Adventures BBC/BBC Cymru Wales for CBBC & BBC One

Children's Programme

Big and Small – Blame it on the Drain Kindle Entertainment for CBeebies

Bookaboo Happy Films for CITV

Horrible Histories Lion Television for CBBC

Comedy Performance

Peter Capaldi – The Thick of It BBC Productions for BBC Two

Miranda Hart – Miranda BBC Productions for BBC Two

Ruth Jones – Gavin and Stacey Baby Cow Productions for BBC One

Constructed Factual Series

Famous, Rich and Homeless Love Productions for BBC One

The World's Strictest Parents Twenty Twenty Television for BBC Three

Victorian Farm Lion Television for BBC Two

Daytime and Early Peak Programme

Coach Trip 12 Yard Productions for Channel 4

Come Dine With Me ITV Studios for Channel 4

The Hairy Bikers' Food Tour of Britain Cactus Television for BBC Two

Documentary

The Force An Oxford Film and Television Production for Channel 4

True Stories – Afghan Star A Roast Beef Production for More4

Wounded BBC Productions for BBC One

Drama Serial

Occupation Kudos Film and Television for BBC One

Red Riding Revolution Films in association with Screen Yorkshire & LipSync Post for Channel 4

Unforgiven Red Production Company for ITV1

Drama Series

Cast Offs Eleven Films for Channel 4

Misfits A Clerkenwell Films Production for E4

The Street ITV Studios for BBC One

Entertainment

Britain's Got Talent A talkbackTHAMES and SYCO TV Production for ITV1

Newswipe with Charlie Brooker Zeppotron for BBC Four

The X Factor A talkbackTHAMES and SYCO TV Production for ITV1

Entertainment Performance

Harry Hill – Harry Hill's TV Burp Avalon Television for ITV1

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly – I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!/Britain’s Got Talent ITV Studios/talkbackTHAMES for ITV1

Michael McIntyre – Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow Open Mike Manchester Productions for BBC One

Features and Lifestyle Series

Don't Tell The Bride Renegade Pictures for BBC Three

Heston's Feasts – Heston's Victorian Feast Optomen Television for Channel 4

The Sex Education Show vs Pornography A Cheetah Television Production for Channel 4

History

1066 – The Battle for Middle Earth Hardy Pictures for Channel 4

Garrow's Law Twenty Twenty Television for BBC One

Iran and the West Brook Lapping Productions for BBC Two

International Award

Damages Sony Pictures Television for BBC One

Generation Kill HBO, HBO Films, Boom, Blown Deadline Productions, Company Pictures for FX

Mad Men Lionsgate for BBC Four

Multi-Channel Programme Award

Dating in the Dark Initial, an Endemol Company, for LIVING

Micro Men Darlow Smithson Productions for BBC Four

True Stories – Here's Johnny An Animal Monday Production for More4

Nations and Regions Programme

A History of Scotland BBC Scotland for BBC One Scotland

Deep Wreck Mysteries – Death of a Battleship Mallinson Sadler Productions, Northern Sky Entertainment and Deep Sea Productions for UTV

Shameless A Company Pictures Production for Channel 4

Presenter

James May – James May's Toy Stories BBC Productions/Plum Pictures for BBC Two

Piers Morgan – Piers Morgan’s Life Stories ITV Studios for ITV1

Louis Theroux – A Place for Paedophiles BBC Productions for BBC Two

Science & Natural History

Inside Nature's Giants Windfall Films for Channel 4

The Great Sperm Race Blink! Films for Channel 4

Yellowstone: Winter BBC/Animal Planet Co-Production for BBC Two

Scripted Comedy

Miranda BBC Productions for BBC Two

The Inbetweeners A Bwark Production for E4

The Thick of It BBC Productions for BBC Two

Single Drama

A Short Stay in Switzerland BBC Productions for BBC One

Endgame A Daybreak Pictures Production for Channel 4

Five Minutes of Heaven Big Fish Films/Ruby Films for BBC Two

Soap and Continuing Drama

Casualty BBC Productions for BBC One

EastEnders BBC Productions for BBC One

The Bill talkbackTHAMES for ITV1

Writer – Comedy

Jo Brand, Joanna Scalan & Vicki Pepperdine – Getting On Vera Productions for BBC Four

Miranda Hart with James Cary & Richard Hurst – Miranda BBC Productions for BBC Two

Iain Morris & Damon Beesley – The Inbetweeners A Bwark Production for E4

Writer – Drama

Peter Bowker – Occupation Kudos Film and Television for BBC One

Guy Hibbert – Five Minutes of Heaven Big Fish Films/Ruby Films for BBC Two

Howard Overman – Misfits A Clerkenwell Films Production for E4