Royal Television Society Midlands Awards 2017 - Winners Announced

Posted on 1 December 2017

The Royal Television Society (RTS) Midlands Centre has announced the winners of the RTS Midlands Awards 2017. The awards, which recognise production excellence and creativity in the region, took place at the National Motorcycle Museum on Thursday 30 November, and were hosted by Nick Owen and Bob Warman.

In the drama categories, Dido Miles picked up the Acting Performance of the Year Award for her role as Emma Reid in BBC Studios’ continuing drama, Doctors, while Father Brown was named Fictional Programme of the Year for a third year running.

Travel Man: 48 Hours in… also received the award for Factual Programme of the Year for the third year in a row.

Notts TV celebrated two awards on the night, with Hugh Casswell named Broadcast Journalist of the Year, while Richard Minkley received the Outstanding New Talent 2017 Award. Des Coleman from ITV News Central picked up the Midlands On Screen Personality 2017 Award and ITV News Central East won the News Programme of the Year Award for Claudio Ranieri Sacked.

Other winners included Vermillion Films, which received the Best Promotional Programme award for the film, Holy Ground, created for Javelin Block, the company recycling corners of Birmingham’s industrial heritage; Rural Media and Maverick TV, which won the Excellence in Digital Content Award for First Acts; Inside Out East Midlands which won the Best Current Affairs Feature Award for Sports Direct What Happened Next?; and Inside Out West Midlands which received The Diversity Award for Ed Doolan’s Battle with Dementia.

The Baird Medal, which is presented to those from the region whose contribution to television has been of national or international importance, was this year awarded to Bodies and Line of Duty creator, Jed Mercurio and actor and comedian, Neil Morrissey.

BBC One’s Doctors received the RTS Midlands Centre Committee Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Region by a Television Production.

In the Student Awards categories, students from Birmingham City University picked up two awards at the ceremony, with Nina Parker Noon scooping the prize in the Animation category for her film, The Cosmonaut and Andrea Haenze winning in the Factual category for her film, Byc Moze. Staffordshire University had four winners, with Liam Young awarded the Comedy & Entertainment prize for The Ketchup Conspiracy; Giorgia Perini winning in the Short Feature and Craft Award Production Design categories for #Jumpfrompaper; and Matthew Jopling winning the Craft Award for Sound for TJWhite Gunmakers & Co.

Patrycja Reimus, Saul Tyler, Isaac Tingey, Laura O’Brien and Matt Captieux from the University of Lincoln picked up two awards for their film, Jessica, which won in the Drama and Craft Award for Editing categories.

The award in the News category went to Anna Butler from Nottingham Trent University for Music On Prescription and University of Derby student, Xiaoying Yan received the Camera Craft Award for Teafe – Life For Tea.

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Royal Television Society Midlands Awards 2017 - Winners Announced