Media Release: Royal Television Society announces winners of Scotland Awards 2016

The RTS Scotland Award_Jim McColl_Tern TV

THE Royal Television Society (RTS) announced the winners of the RTS Scotland Awards 2016 at a ceremony, hosted by Catriona Shearer and Sanjeev Kohli, on Wednesday 25 May at the Oran Mor, Glasgow.

The awards cover all forms of production in Scotland, recognising excellence and innovation across a range of genres and crafts. The chair of Judges is April Chamberlain.

The RTS Scotland Award, which is given at the discretion of the awards committee, was presented to The Beechgrove Garden presenter, Jim McColl, and the Tern TV production team, to celebrate 1,000 episodes of the long-running series, which has been on air since 1978.

Elaine C Smith was named On Screen Personality of the Year for STV series, Burdz Eye View, which followed the actress and comedian as she performed her one-women show in holiday destinations across Scotland, while STV’s Bernard Ponsonby picked up the Television Journalist of the Year Award for the second year running.

In the remaining News and Current Affairs categories, STV News at Six – Central won the Best News Programme Award, while BBC Scotland Investigates: The Dog Factory received the Best Current Affairs Award.

The BBC Scotland drama and Slate North-produced Stonemouth, based on Iain Banks’s best-selling novel, received the Drama Award; Burnistoun’s Big Night, produced by The Comedy Unit and Bold Yin, won in the Comedy Award category; and CBBC series Eve, produced by Leopard Drama, picked up the trophy for Children’s Programme.

In the factual categories, Channel 4 series, Supershoppers, produced by Firecrest Films, won for Best Factual Entertainment and Features; Raise the Roof Productions’ The TV That Made Me, produced for BBC One, picked up the gong for Best Daytime; BBC Two Scotland’s Scotland’s War at Sea, produced by BBC Scotland Factual received the award for Best History Programme; Earth’s Natural Wonders: Living on the Edge, a BBC Scotland Science production for BBC One, picked up the award for Best Documentary and Specialist Factual; and Handmade, a BBC Scotland Arts Production for BBC Four, was named Best Arts Programme.

For more information visit: http://www.rts.org.uk/ scotlandawards2016

The winners:

Best Daytime

The TV That Made Me Raise The Roof Productions for BBC One

“… a triumph in how to fuse archive with engaging conversation and comment. Brian Connelly is perfectly cast and brings a real warmth to the show. This programme stands out as being both fresh and innovative.”


Antiques Road Trip STV Productions for BBC One

Countryside 999 BBC Scotland Factual for BBC One

Best Factual Entertainment and Features

Supershoppers Firecrest Films for Channel 4

“… engaging blend of journalism, consumer issues and entertainment makes for an informative and humorous watch. The production values and direction are first-class and there’s a fresh feel to this ambitious and enlightening programme.”


Kirstie and Phil’s Love It or List It Raise The Roof Productions for Channel 4

Trust Me, I’m A Doctor BBC Scotland Science Production for BBC Two

Best History Programme

Scotland’s War at Sea BBC Scotland Factual for BBC Two Scotland

“… an engrossing film… superbly put together with highly effective use of archive and impressively-constructed sequences. An important story, brilliantly well told.”


Quintinshill: Britain’s Deadliest Rail Disaster Finestripe Productions for BBC Scotland

The Day They Dropped The Bomb Finestripe Productions for ITV

Best Documentary and Specialist Factual

Earth’s Natural Wonders: Living on the Edge BBC Scotland Science Production for BBC One

“… a film of real scale and ambition, wonderfully shot and cleverly weaving human and environmental stories. It was beautifully put-together and contained many memorable sequences.”


Britain’s Benefit Tenants IWC Media for Channel 4

Transplant Tales Matchlight for BBC Scotland

Best Arts Programme

Handmade BBC Scotland Arts Production for BBC Four

“… compelling, engrossing, riveting television.”


Blood and Glitter: 70 Years of the Citizens Theatre BBC Scotland Factual Arts for BBC Scotland/BBC Four

Dance to Freedom IWC Media for BBC Two

Best Drama

Stonemouth BBC Scotland Drama / Slate North for BBC One Scotland / BBC Two

“…Excellent and witty writing, excellent direction with fantastic ensemble and individual performances.”


River City BBC Scotland Drama for BBC One Scotland

The Gamechangers BBC Scotland Science Production for BBC Two

News and Current Affairs: Best News Programme

STV News at Six – Central STV News for STV

“This programme was praised for its confidence, integrity and authority across a wide range of stories, the quality of its presenters and reporters and, overall, its clear and comfortable connection with viewers.”


Carmichael Trial STV Glasgow for STV

Reporting Scotland BBC Scotland News & Current Affairs for BBC Scotland

News and Current Affairs: Best Current Affairs

BBC Scotland Investigates: The Dog Factory BBC Scotland Investigates for BBC Scotland

“… a first-class example of investigative journalism, the reporter showing considerable courage in putting herself in danger through covert filming and without being intimidated by the scale and nature of organised crime that was being exposed.”


BBC Scotland Investigates: Catch Me If You Can BBC Scotland Investigates for BBC Scotland

Scotland What Next? STV News – Central for STV

Sport: Best Sport Programme

Jim Baxter purpleTV for BBC ALBA

“… imaginative, entertaining and a good story, well told.”


Sportscene at 40 BBC Sport Scotland for BBC Scotland

Tartan Pride purpleTV for BBC ALBA

Sport: Best Live Event

BT Sport SPFL Sunset + Vine for BT Sport

“… an important match, from a challenging location, with good guest pundits. The presenter did a fine job of getting the balance right between reflecting the match, and following up the shocking post-match violence, while the pitch side reporter did great work in securing a revealing interview with the victim.”


Sportscene Live: The Scottish League Cup semi-final, Celtic v Rangers BBC Sport Scotland for BBC Scotland

Best Comedy

Burnistoun’s Big Night The Comedy Unit and Bold Yin for BBC Scotland

“… was the winner for its sheer inventiveness, innovative structure and treats for devoted fans and new viewers alike.”


Only An Excuse? 2015 The Comedy Unit for BBC Scotland

Radges BBC Comedy Production Scotland for BBC Three

Best Children’s Programme

Eve Leopard Drama for CBBC

“… an ambitious, contemporary drama with really high production values. The special effects were really well done and the storytelling was imaginative and absorbing.”


Down on the Farm BBC Scotland for CBeebies

Officially Amazing Lion Television Scotland for CBBC

Best Short Form Content

A little piece of Luxembourg everywhere… Playdead for Vimeo

“… eye-opening and compelling. The piece brought the facts and figures to life for what could potentially be a dull subject. The graphics were slick and informative.”


STV Edinburgh Launch Promo STV for STV

Wildless Playdead for Online

Best Animation and VFX

Trauma and the Brain Media Co-op for Vimeo

“A great animation that has been well executed. The illustrated technique and style delivered information while setting the correct tone for the film. It really felt like you were learning something while watching it.”


Britain Beneath Your Feet Playdead for BBC Scotland

The Secret Life of Midges ISO for BBC Scotland for BBC One

Student Television Award

Dipper from the Water of Leith Krzysztof Kubik, University of Edinburgh

“Enjoyable, refreshing and unusual. Absorbing. Beautifully done.”


Starfish Louise Dawson, Dayna Baptie and Fergus Thom, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The Armadillo and the Earwig Ben Cresswell, Edinburgh College of Art

On Screen Personality of the Year

Elaine C Smith – Burdz Eye View Solus Productions / RPM Arts for STV

“A presenter who brought their own character and personality to the screen, with a real ability to connect with the subject in a warm, funny and emotional way.”


Emma Baker – Border Life ITV Border for ITV

Lachlan Goudie – The Story of Scottish Art BBC Scotland Factual for BBC Scotland / BBC Four

Television Journalist of the Year

Bernard Ponsonby – STV News STV

“… at the top of his game, just as at home presenting big ticket set piece programming or providing analysis and explanation on a day-to-day basis… a commanding on screen presence able to control and unsettle politicians whilst simultaneously maintaining a close connection to viewers.”


Mark Daly – BBC Scotland Investigates BBC Scotland

Peter MacMahon – ITV ITV Border

Television Director of the Year

Jack Cocker – Imagine – Richard Flanagan: Life After Death BBC Scotland Factual for BBC One

“Jack’s vision for how to combine the most beguiling of subjects in Richard Flanagan, with strong visual storytelling was nothing short of perfection… Character-driven, visual storytelling at its absolute best.”


Morag Tinto – Imagine – Antony Gormley: Being Human BBC Scotland Factual for BBC One

Brian Welsh – The Rat Pack Zeppotron for BBC iPlayer

Professional Excellence (Craft): Best Camera

Fraser Rice – Phil Cunningham’s Pipe Dream BBC Scotland Entertainment & Events for BBC Two Scotland

“Fraser Rice’s use of natural light and his poetic and sensitive use of camera in response to the subject was effective and refreshingly original.”


Brian Jobson – River City BBC Scotland Drama for BBC One Scotland

Steve Lawes – Stonemouth BBC Scotland Drama/ Slate North for BBC One Scotland / BBC Two

Professional Excellence (Craft): Best Sound

John Cobban / 422tv – Eve Leopard Drama for CBBC

“…the dialogue. the music and effects were creatively recorded, assembled and imaginatively blended together to create an outstanding result that never overtook the content, but throughout the program added tension and sensitivity to all scenes.”


Paul Flitcroft – The Story of Scottish Art BBC Scotland Factual for BBC Scotland / BBC Four

Paul Wilson – Air Ambulance ER and Planet Oil Digital Design Studio for Sky / BBC

Professional Excellence (Craft) – Post Production: Best Editing

Joe Speirs – Quintinshill: Britain’s Deadliest Rail Disaster Finestripe Productions for BBC Scotland

“A story edited with real flair and with excellent pacing. The transitions between the very well done dramatic reconstructions and the documentary were seamless.”


David Arthur – Imagine – Richard Flanagan: Life After Death BBC Scotland Factual Arts for BBC Scotland / BBC Four

Vilte Vaitkute – Wee Govan Pipers and The Golden Road Media Co-op for MG Alba

Professional Excellence (Craft) – Post Production: Best Graphics and Titling

ISO – The Story of Scottish Art BBC Scotland for BBC Two

“Nice concept beautifully executed… Visually stunning and technically proficient…”


Funktion Design – Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas Raise The Roof Productions for Channel 4

ISO – I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse Tiger Aspect for BBC Three

Best Digital Innovation Award

Anthony Browne, Louise Thornton, Muslim Alim – BBC The Social BBC Scotland Social Media for BBC Scotland

“To be commended for its risk taking and its wholehearted embrace of new technologies to engage with an audience television increasingly finds hard to connect with.”


Anthony Browne, Paul McFadyen, Gillian McNeil – T in the Park BBC Scotland Social Media for BBC Scotland

Vicky Lee – STV News Online Video STV News for STV

The RTS Scotland Award

Jim McColl and the Tern TV production team – The Beechgrove Garden 1,000th episode

“For nearly four decades, Jim McColl has led Scotland’s longest-running and best-loved TV gardening series, The Beechgrove Garden.

“Jim, I’m sure won’t mind me saying, was 80 last year and has spent half of those 80 years with BBC Scotland and Beechgrove, teaching Scotland to garden.

“Jim began his broadcasting career in the ’70s on Radio Scotland, he’s loved by viewers, gardeners and production teams. He is a natural, a one off. An object lesson in being at ease with the camera. He connects with his audience, drawing them in with his mixture of authority, passion, humility and humour. We trust him.  If Jim tells you it’s time to plant your tattoos, then it just is.

“Jim is our nation’s most respected and favourite TV gardener.

“And Jim’s a generous team player. His co presenters on the programme, Carole Baxter, George Anderson and Chris Beardshaw, are all horticulturalists, experts who learn to present.

“Beechgrove’s early hallmarks remain; its relevance to the Scottish climate, showing best practice in an accessible way, its willingness to show and learn from failures, to encourage us to get hands dirty and above all to never take itself too seriously.

“These enduring qualities, have endeared Jim and the programme, to us over the decades.

“Tern’s programme production team have kept the format fresh and the production true to its roots. They reach the milestone of 1,000 episodes this year.

“Horticultural broadcasting legend, Jim McColl, and the production team of Tern Television, for the 1,000th episode of Beechgrove Garden, are the recipients of the RTS Scotland Award 2016.”


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