THE Royal Television Society’s Scottish branch, RTS Scotland – part of Britain’s leading forum for television and related media – today announces the shortlist of nominations for its annual awards.
Chaired by Jane Muirhead (managing director of Raise The Roof Productions), the RTS Scotland Awards cover all forms of production in Scotland, recognising and celebrating excellence and innovation across a wide range of genres and crafts.
Halla Mohieddeen (STV News, STV, for STV2), Anna Richardson, (Supershoppers, Firecrest Films for Channel 4) and Iain Stirling (The Dog Ate My Homework, BBC Scotland, for CBBC) will battle it out for the accolade of ‘On-screen personality'; while Biança Barker (A Family Divided, Steadipix Productions, for BBC Scotland), John Alexander (Trust Me, BBC Scotland, for BBC One), Joe Ahearne for The Replacement, BBC Scotland, for BBC One, will go head-to-head in the ‘Television director’ category.
In the ‘Young journalist’ category, which is presented in memory of George Sinclair, STV News’ Ben Phillip will compete against BBC Scotland’s Nasim Asl and Rachel Miller. The winner will also receive a prize of £1,000, donated by the family trust of George Sinclair.
The hotly-contested Drama category sees Clique (BBC Scotland, for BBC One) go up against The Replacement, (BBC Scotland, for BBC One) and Queers – The Man on the Platform (BBC Scotland, for BBC Four); while Two Doors Down – Christmas Special, (BBC Scotland, for BBC Two); Only an Excuse? (The Comedy Unit, for BBC Scotland) and The Dog Ate My Homework (BBC Scotland, for CBBC) are nominated for the Comedy award.
In the ‘news and current affairs’ categories, STV News at 6 – North, (STV News, for STV) is up against Reporting Scotland (BBC Scotland, for BBC One Scotland) and STV News at 6 – Central, (STV News, for STV) for the ‘News programme’ award; while Football Abuse: The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game (BBC Scotland, for BBC One Scotland); Fife’s Child Killings: The Untold Story, (BBC Scotland, for BBC One Scotland) and After Sheku, (Turmeric Media, for BBC Scotland) are all up for the ‘Current affairs programme’ award.
For factual, Tern TV’s How to Stay Well (for Channel 4); Raise the Roof Productions’ Phil Spencer Find Me a Home (for Channel 4) and Mentorn Scotland’s Robot Wars (for BBC Two) are nominated in the ‘Factual entertainment and features’ category; with Mentorn Scotland also nominated in the ‘Documentary and specialist factual’ category for The Scottish Bounty Hunter (for BBC One) alongside, Steadipix Productions for A Family Divided (for BBC Scotland) and Darren Hercher Films for Sighthill (for BBC Two Scotland).
Princess Diana’s ‘Wicked’ Stepmother (Firecrest Films for Channel 4); Brian Cox’s Russia (Hopscotch Films for BBC Scotland) and The Force: The Story of Scotland’s Police, (STV Productions, for BBC One Scotland) are nominated in the ‘Documentary and specialist factual: history’ category; while Terry Pratchett: Back in Black, (Pacific Quay Productions, for BBC Scotland); Stop All the Clocks: WH Auden in an Age of Anxiety, (Hopscotch Films, for BBC Two) and Saturday Night Fever –The Ultimate Disco Movie, (IWC Media, for BBC Two) will vie for the ‘Documentary and specialist factual: arts’ award.
The RTS Scotland Award is an industry award for outstanding contribution to television in Scotland and will be announced on the night.
Lisa Hazlehurst, chair of judges for the RTS Scotland Awards 2018 says: “’The range and breadth of entries for this year’s awards was truly impressive and reflective of Scotland’s vibrant production community. The judges had a tough time deciding eventual winners from an impressive number of entries; which should mean a fun and exciting awards night at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket.”
The RTS Scotland 2018 Award winners will be announced at a ceremony at 18:00 on Wednesday 9 May at The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow.
The awards will be hosted by STV presenter, Jennifer Reoch, and stand-up comedian and radio presenter, Des Clarke.
Full details can be found at https://rts.org.uk/event/rts-scotland-television-awards-2018.
Live at Five, STV, for STV2
Best Laid Plans, Tern TV, for Channel 4
Homes Under The Hammer, Lion Television Scotland, for BBC One
Factual entertainment and features
How to Stay Well, Tern TV, for Channel 4
Phil Spencer Find Me a Home, Raise the Roof Productions, for Channel 4
Robot Wars, Mentorn Scotland, for BBC Two
Documentary and specialist dactual
The Scottish Bounty Hunter, Mentorn Scotland, for BBC One
A Family Divided, Steadipix Productions, for BBC Scotland
Sighthill, Darren Hercher Films, for BBC Two Scotland
Documentary and specialist factual: History
Princess Diana’s ‘Wicked’ Stepmother, Firecrest Films, for Channel 4
Brian Cox’s Russia, Hopscotch Films, for BBC Scotland
The Force: The Story of Scotland’s Police, STV Productions, for BBC One Scotland
Documentary and specialist factual: Arts
Terry Pratchett: Back in Black, Pacific Quay Productions, for BBC Scotland
Stop All the Clocks: WH Auden in an Age of Anxiety, Hopscotch Films, for BBC Two
Saturday Night Fever –The Ultimate Disco Movie, IWC Media, for BBC Two
Documentary and specialist factual: Science and Natural History
Supermarket Shopping Secrets, BBC Scotland, for BBC One
Trust Me I’m A Doctor Mental Health Special, BBC Scotland, for BBC Two
Hotel Armadillo, Maramedia, for BBC Two
Clique, BBC Scotland, for BBC One
The Replacement, BBC Scotland, for BBC One
Queers – The Man on the Platform, BBC Scotland, for BBC Four
News and current affairs
STV News at 6 – North, STV News, for STV
Reporting Scotland, BBC Scotland, for BBC One Scotland
STV News at 6 – Central, STV News, for STV
Current affairs programme
Football Abuse: The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game, BBC Scotland, for BBC One Scotland
Fife’s Child Killings: The Untold Story, BBC Scotland, for BBC One Scotland
After Sheku, Turmeric Media, for BBC Scotland
Sport – live event
Sky Sports – Scotland v England, Sky Sports, for Sky Sports
Scotland v England World Cup Qualifier, STV, for STV
BT Sport Betfred Cup Final 2017, Sunset + Vine Productions, for BT Sport
Sport – programme
Tannadice 87, purpleTV, BBC ALBA
Glasgow 1967: The Lisbon Lions, IMG Productions Scotland, for BBC Scotland
Scotland’s Game Changers/ Breab agus Buaidh, Matchlight and Aficionado Films, for BBC ALBA
Two Doors Down – Christmas Special, for BBC Scotland
Only an Excuse?, The Comedy Unit, for BBC Scotland
The Dog Ate My Homework, BBC Scotland, for CBBC
Gudrun The Viking Princess, Maramedia, for CBeebies
Raven, BBC Scotland, for BBC Scotland
Remotely Funny, Twenty-twenty Productions, for CBBC
Short form content
Celtic FC, Arteus, for Social Media
3 Kids on Three – Money, BBC Scotland, for BBC Three
Taking Stock, Relative Films, for Channel 4
Animation and VFX
Never Too Late To Tell, media co-op, for Vimeo
League of Legends, Axis Animation, for Online
Happy! Axis VFX, for SyFy
Student television award
The RTS Scotland Student Awards took place in January 2018. The winners from each category are nominated for this award.
Expedition, by Samantha Hendrie, University of the West of Scotland
Comedy and entertainment
Best Men, by Andrew Ashworth, Alia Ghafar, Edinburgh College of Art
Poet With Punch, by Zdenek Ruzicka, Amber Saunders, Paul McGranahan, Ryan Smith, University of the West of Scotland
Antonio, by Alison Still, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Hear Me Now, by Maria Craig, Josefin Dahlin, Hannah McKelvie, Joel Rock, University of Stirling
On screen personality
Halla Mohieddeen for STV News, STV, for STV2
Anna Richardson for Supershoppers, Firecrest Films for Channel 4
Iain Stirling for The Dog Ate My Homework, BBC Scotland, for CBBC
Young journalist, presented in memory of George Sinclair
Nasim Asl, BBC Scotland, for BBC Scotland
Ben Phillip, STV News, for STV
Rachel Miller, BBC Scotland, for BBC Scotland
Biança Barker for A Family Divided, Steadipix Productions, for BBC Scotland
John Alexander for Trust Me, BBC Scotland, for BBC One
Joe Ahearne for The Replacement, BBC Scotland, for BBC One
Professional excellence (CRAFT)
Maja Zamojda for Cliqie, BBC Scotland, BBC One
John Conroy for Trust Me, BBC Scotland, BBC One
Glenn Millner for Handmade in Hull, BBC Scotland, BBC Four
John Cobban for Ross Kemp Behind Bars: Inside Barlinnie, STV Productions, ITV
Kahl Henderson for Accidental Anarchist, Hopscotch Films, BBC Four
Micheal MacKinnon for imagine… Alma Deutscher: Finding Cinderella, BBC, BBC One
Gary Scott for Terry Pratchett: Back in Black, Pacific Quay Productions, BBC Scotland
Clyde Wallbanks for Imagine…Alma Deutscher: Finding Cinderella, Pacific Quay Productions, BBC One
David Arthur for Sighthill, Darren Hercher Films, BBC Two Scotland
Post-production graphics and titling
Mark Breslin for The Replacement, ISO Design, BBC Scotland
Playdead for Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, BBC Two
Playdead for BBC Bitesize: Biology, BBC Scotland
Kidder, BBC Scotland, BBC The Social
Edinburgh 70: The BBC at the Festival, Virtually, BBC Scotland, BBC Arts
Netball World Youth Cup, QTV Sports, Social Media.
The RTS Scotland Award
To be announced on the night.
Notes to editors:
The Young Journalist category is open to all television and video web journalists working in news, current affairs, features and sport up to the age of 30 and is presented in memory of George MacFarlane Sinclair, the former BBC Scotland news and current affairs editor. The winner of this award will receive £1,000 prize money.
About The Royal Television Society
From glamorous award ceremonies to lively debates, the RTS embraces all aspects of television, and is open to anyone with an interest in the medium.
As an educational charity, we encourage and celebrate work in television and its related fields, from finding out how the nation’s favourite shows are made in our Anatomy of a Hit series, to celebrating burgeoning talent at our annual Student Awards.
The industry’s most talented individuals give us an insight into the work that goes into making cutting edge contemporary TV. From Government ministers and CEO’s to workshops with great runners, our events look at every part of the business.
Our annual Television Journalism, Programme, Craft and Design and Student Awards, celebrate achievements across the broadcasting industry.
Education is key to what the RTS does. Each year, we offer television production and technology bursaries to help those from less affluent backgrounds get a foothold in the industry and Masterclass sessions bring together students, academics and industry heads.
RTS Futures, which is aimed at those in their first two years of employment, organises an exciting roster of discussion, training and social occasions. Recent events have included workshops on learning to format shows and how to survive as a freelancer, and expert panels explaining how to be the best researcher and how to make it on-screen.
Each year global television leaders gather to discuss what the future holds for television at our London Conference or the RTS Cambridge Convention.
Alongside our engaged community of over 4,500 full members, the Society is supported by Britain and the world’s biggest broadcasters, producers and consultants, including principle patrons: BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Sky.
Originally founded as the Television Society in 1927, the Society was granted its Royal title in 1966 and HRH The Prince of Wales became Patron of the RTS in 1997.
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