Posted on 11 September 2017

The Royal Television Society (RTS) Midlands Centre has announced the nominations for the RTS Midlands Awards 2017. The awards, which recognise production excellence and creativity in the region, will take place at the National Motorcycle Museum on Thursday, 30 November.

Four actors from BBC Studios’ continuing drama Doctors will compete for the accolade of Acting Performance of the Year. Lorna Laidlaw, Ian Midlane, Dido Miles and Chris Walker are up against Luke McGibney (McGibney Productions) and Carissa Wagner (The Final Scene, Macoy Media) in the hotly contested category. Doctors also secures nominations in the Fictional Programme of the Year and Outstanding New Talent 2017 categories.

The show is up against Chico Chugg / Nico Nog, Series Two (Chugg Productions Ltd); The Coroner, Series Two, The Drop Zone (BBC); Father Brown, Series Five, The Star of Jacob (BBC); The Final Scene (Macoy Media) and Jamie Johnson (Short Form Film Company) in the Fictional Programme of the Year; while Edward Dick (Doctors, BBC Studios) is shortlisted in the Outstanding New Talent 2017 category, where he will compete with Georgie Barrat (The Gadget Show, North One Television); Yasmin Bodalbhai (ITV News Central); Rebecca Burrows (ITV News Central); Peter Jones (BBC Midlands Today) and Richard Minkley (Notts TV).

Hugh Casswell (Notts TV); Stacey Foster (ITV News Central); Ben Godfrey (BBC Midlands Today); Mark Gough (ITV News Central); Sarah Sturdey (BBC) and Simon Ward (BBC) will battle it out to be named Broadcast Journalist of the Year; while Sameena Ali-Khan (ITV News Central); Craig Charles (The Gadget Show, North One Television); Des Coleman (ITV News Central); Natalie Jackson (East Midlands Today); Tafadzwa Mushipe (Made in Birmingham TV) and Iain Chambers (Notts TV) all vie for the title of Midlands On Screen Personality 2017.

In the News and Current Affairs categories, Inside Out West Midlands secures three nominations. Their reports Tesco Investigation; Iskra Lawrence Online Trolling and Adoption will compete against BBC Midland’s piece, Sports Direct What Happened Next?, for the Best Current Affairs Feature title; while Claudio Ranieri Sacked (ITV News Central East); General Election 2017 – The Results (ITV News Central East); ITV News Central West (ITV News Central); Midlands Today (BBC Birmingham); Sports Week (Notts TV) and Wall Collapse (ITV News) all hope to be named News Programme of the Year.

For factual, North One Television has two nominations in the Factual Programme of the Year category with Our Guy In China and Travel Man: 48 hours in… competing against Inside Out East Midlands (BBC); JA40: The Junction Arts Story (YSP Media); The Hunt for Classroom Extremists (BBC Birmingham) and Tony Robinson: Coast To Coast (Full Fat TV).

East Meets West: A Young Person’s Cultural Exchange (Ark Media); Ed Doolan’s Battle with Dementia (Inside Out West Midlands, BBC); Islamophobia (ITV News Central); Jeremy Ball (East Midlands Today); Let Me In – A Short Story (Barry Tomes Media Group) and Trans Teenager (Inside Out East Midlands, BBC) will battle it out for The Diversity Award.

Other nominees include: BBC News Online (Bottletop), East Midlands Online Team (BBC), First Acts (Rural Media and Maverick TV), Metro Mayor Explainer (BBC Online West Midlands), and RAF Cosford Air Show (RAF Cosford Events) who will compete in the Excellence in Digital Content category; Aiglon College (Affixxius Films), Animation and Visual Effects (Second Home Studios), Boys and Girls (IDM Media), Gotcha! CITV Share-A-Story (The CharacterShop Ltd), Karen Kenworthy (BBC Birmingham) and Premier – Legendary Sound (Indigo Blue Media) who are shortlisted for the Excellence in Production Craft Skills category and Fostering Giants (Reel Twenty Five), Holy Ground (Vermillion Films), NHS Maternity (Affixxius Films), Nightstop (Rural Media), Paper City – Tarmac BIM Solutions (The CharacterShop Ltd), Premier – Legendary Sound (Indigo Blue Media) and Sony True Crime Women That Kill Promo (Second Home Studios) who vie for the Promotional Programme of the Year title.

Isabel Clarke, RTS Midlands Chair says: “The talents and skills of the people working in the production community in the Midlands is truly impressive. It is a thriving industry which can be seen by the range and breadth of entries. I wish all those shortlisted good luck.”

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