Media Awards: RTS Scotland Programme Awards

THE Scot’s actor, Peter Capaldi, has been recognised for his ‘outstanding contribution to television in Scotland’.

At the first-ever Scotland Programme Awards – hosted by the Royal Television Society and held in Glasgow last night – Capaldi was named winner of The RTS Scotland Award.

The judging panel included Bobby Hain, STV director of Channels; Stuart Cosgrove, Channel 4’s director of Creative Diversity; Donalda McKinnon, head of Programmes and Services, BBC Scotland; Jane Muirhead, chair of Pact in Scotland; and James Wilson, RTS Scotland chair. It was chaired by April Chamberlain, former MD of The Comedy Unit.

The winners’ list reads, as follows:

Production Awards


Winner: Piper Alpha: Fire in the Night, STV Productions and Berriff McGinty Films for BBC Two

Said the judges: “An outstanding piece of work, demonstrating real ambition and storytelling strengths. It offers a fresh insight to a tragic event which remains the world’s worst ever offshore oil disaster.”


Donald Campbell: Speed King, Tern TV for BBC Two

The Day Kennedy Died, Finestripe Productions for ITV


Winner: Field of Blood, BBC Scotland/Slate North

Said the judges: “The jury unanimously agreed this was one of the strongest dramas to emerge from Scotland in recent years. It was felt the production had evoked the period extremely well and the design of the 1980’s newsroom was so convincing you could smell the stale alcohol and discarded woodbines.”


The Challenger, BBC Scotland Science Unit

Shetland, BBC Scotland/ITV Studios

News Coverage

Winner: STV News – Clutha Helicopter Crash, STV

Said the judges: “A solid piece of work, which took a breaking news story and covered it well. The programme was well linked by presenter John McKay, contained some excellent packages and interviews within the programme.”


STV News North – Piper Alpha Anniversary, STV

BBC Reporting Scotland and BBC Scotland Investigates – Clutha Helicopter Crash, BBC Scotland

Scoop of the Year

Winner: Mark Daly and Murdoch Rodgers – Paedophilia in the Catholic Church, BBC Scotland News and Current Affairs

Said the judges: “A most significant story which led to serious repercussions in the Catholic Church. The scoop involved meticulous, old fashioned research and the story had tension and drive.”


Nicole Kleeman and Cathy Newman – Lord Rennard Exposure, Firecrest Films for Channel 4 News

Peter Smith – Rangers Football Club Coverage, STV News

Sport – Live Event

Winner: BT Sport Friday night football – Motherwell v Celtic, Sunset & Vine Productions Ltd for BT Sport

Said the judges: “An excellent young presentation team combined with high production values and a positivity about the product on offer creates a distinctive and stimulating programme.”


Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, Filmnova Sport Production for BBC Scotland

The Scottish Communities League Cup Final – St Mirren v Heart of Midlothian, BBC Scotland

Sport: Programme

Winner: Driven: The Fastest Woman in the World, BBC Two

Said the judges: “The story of Susie Woolf is documented by a film-maker who doesn’t dodge the uncomfortable moments in a difficult season and is complemented by unrivalled access to big name interviewees and beautifully natural moments between family members.”


Gothenburg ’83, Purple TV for BBC Alba

The Adventure Show: The Celtman, Triple Echo Productions for BBC Scotland


Winner: Limmy’s Show Christmas Special, The Comedy Unit for BBC One

Said the judges: “Limmy has created a distinct world populated with cleverly drawn characters and a dark authored style that is original, innovative and most importantly funny.”


Bob Servant, BBC Two Scotland

Mrs Brown’s Boys, BBC/BocPix/RTE


Winner: Katie Morag and the Tiresome Ted, Move on Up/Struay Pictures for CBeebies

Said the judges: “This programme is innovative and daring in its adaptation of an iconic property. At the heart of it is an exceptional performance from the lead character.”


Officially Amazing, Lion Television Scotland for CBBC

All over the place USA, BBC Scotland

Student Television Award

Winner: Hannah, Michael Crumley, Rosemary Levine and Jonathan Blair, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Said the judges: “Filled with tension and with a good artistic direction the programme definitely had a realistic touch and feel. The characterisations were strong, the actors working well, and the lead female conveyed a sympathetic performance.”


Untold Story, Pawel Grzyb, Christopher McGill and Michal Zagorski, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art

Fist Punch, Ally Lockhart, Ruth Gallacher, Chris McGarrity, Kyle Spence and Guy Thomson, City of Glasgow College

Poyo and Neko, Adam Gierasmiuk, Edinburgh College of Art

Portfolio Awards:

Television Journalist of the Year

Winner: Mark Daly – BBC Scotland Investigates and Newsnight, BBC Scotland

Said the judges: “The jury praised Mark’s investigation into allegations against the Catholic Church, his work on Rough Justice and his crusading work on Scotland’s baby cremation scandal. On each story the research was meticulous and his work created repercussions which other news media had to follow up on.”


David Cowan – STV News at Six, STV

Professional Excellence: Camera

Winner: Carlo D’Alessandro – Michael Palin in Wyeth’s World, BBC Scotland for BBC Two

Said the judges: “Mirroring many of the paintings in the film, the shots were beautifully framed, and the camera allowed the subjects to do their work without intrusion. The set pieces were well constructed and whole film was very carefully thought out.”


Richard Cook – Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands, Timeline Films for BBC Scotland

Alan Harcus – BBC Current Affairs, BBC Scotland

Professional Excellence: Sound

Winner: John Cobban – Vinnie Jones: Russia’s Toughest, Tern TV for National Geographic

Said the judges: “The sound on this production was remarkably solid and well built, particularly considering the location. A great combination of effects and dialogue.”


Jim Hunter – Comic Relief Does Glee Club Live Final, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo & Hogmanay Live, BBC

Nainita Desai and Malcom Laws – The Day Kennedy Died, Finestripe Productions for ITV

Professional Excellence: Post production: Editing

Winner: Laura Wilson – Michael Palin in Wyeth’s World, BBC Scotland for BBC Two

Said the judges: “The way the programme was edited totally engaged the viewer.”


John Steventon – Super Human Challenge, BBC Scotland for CBBC

Jonathan Seal – Sincerely, F Scott Fitzgerald, BBC Two

Professional Excellence: Post production: Graphics and Titling

Winner: Damien Smith, Mark Breslin and Clyde Lawson – The Shooting Gallery, ISO Design/Channel 4

Said the judges: “The graphics were classy and were actually like a piece of televisual art – consistent, great attention to detail.”


Kevin McCrae and Johnny Harris – Dreaming the Impossible: Unbuilt Britain, Playdead/Timeline Films for BBC Four

Damien Smith, Mark Breslin and Clyde Lawson – Bear Grylls: Escape from Hell, ISO Design/Sky Discovery/Betty TV

The Digital Innovation Award

Winner: Damien Smith, Mark Breslin and Clyde Lawson – The Gallery of Lost Art, ISO Design/Tate/Channel 4/AHRC

Said the judges: “A Stunning design and a wonderful way of navigating such content. Captured entirely the ethos of the Tate and could potentially be extended to all sorts of areas with links to all sorts of things and places.”


Allan MacDonald and Margot McCuaig – BookCity Edinburgh, Purple TV

The RTS Scotland Award

Winner: Peter Capaldi

“The RTS Scotland Award is for the outstanding contribution to television in Scotland and beyond. RTS Scotland is delighted to announce that the recipient of this year’s award is Peter Capaldi. An acclaimed writer, performer and director, Peter has achieved phenomenal success at home and abroad. Original, memorable, engaging and definitive – his contribution to television has been exceptional, and the committee feel he is a worthy and much deserved winner of this inaugural award.”