Announcing the winners of the RTS Midlands Centre Awards 2015

Announcing the winners of the RTS Midlands Centre Awards 2015

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Congratulations to the winners of this year's Midlands Centre Royal Television Society Awards which were presented at a black tie dinner on 12 November 2015.

The RTS Midlands Centre welcomed 420 guests to celebrate the work of creative people across the region to its annual awards ceremony at the National Motorcycle Museum outside Birmingham in November.

RTS Chief Executive Theresa Wise presented the Baird Medal to Worcestershire-born actor Mark Williams who also won the best male actor category for his performance in BBC One’s Father Brown. Williams other memorable characters include Arthur Weasley from the Harry Potter films and everyone’s favourite tailor from The Fast Show.

Scroll down for a full list of winners

Father Brown, a BBC Drama Production, scooped the best fictional programme category. The best female actor award went to Elisabeth Dermot Walsh for BBC One’s medical soap, Doctors, which is made by BBC Drama.

BBC Birmingham’s Jonathan Gibson was named TV journalist of the year, while best news programme was The Reburial of Richard III from BBC East Midlands. North One Television’s Travel Man: 48 Hours in Marrakech won the best factual category and BBC Birmingham’s Inside Out: Extremism took the current affairs award.

The award were hosted by ITV News Central presenter Sameena Ali-Khan who was named best on-screen personality, a secret kept from her on the night by the event’s production team.

Williams joined BBC Head of Daytime Drama Will Trotter to present the student awards, which attracted a record number of entries. They praised the entrants and encouraged them to make their mark in the television industry.

The student categories were won by Jan Julian Rospond from Birmingham City University (The Curse of the Ware-Rat, animation); Nathan Riley, Carla Bithell and Dave Morgan, Staffordshire University (Wardrobe Wars, comedy and entertainment); Meera Darji, Coventry University (Transindia, factual); and Josh Ormerod, Jordan Daynes, Patrick Brown and Romey Watters, University of Derby (Mould, drama).

The Midlands awards enjoyed support from BBC Birmingham, BBC East Midlands, BBC Drama Production and ITV Central and Central East, as well as an increased number of independents from the region.

Best Promotional Programme
Orion Productions Warwick School, Guy Nelson Hall

Best Fictional Programme
Father Brown Series 3 Episode 1 'The Man in the Shadows'    
BBC Drama Production

Best Production Craft Skills
Second Home Studios, Iceni, BCU
Bechtel 'The Engineering Machine'
Best Acting Female
Elisabeth Dermot Walsh 
BBC Drama Production

Best Acting Male
Mark Williams  
BBC Drama Production

Best New Talent
Jordan McGibney    
McGibney Productions

Student Animation
The Curse of the Ware-Rat    
Jan Julian Rospond, Birmingham City University

Student Comedy & Entertainment
Wardrobe Wars    
Nathan Riley, Carla Bithell, Dave Morgan, Staffordshire University

Student Factual
Meera Darji, Coventry University    

Student Drama
Josh Ormerod, Jordan Daynes, Patrick Brown, Romey Watters, University of Derby    

Best On Screen Personality
Sameena Ali Khan  
ITV News Central

The Diversity Award
Battle Lines      
104 Films

TV Journalist of the Year
Jonathan Gibson     
BBC Birmingham

Best Digital Innovation
Reverse the Odds for Stand Up to Cancer    
Maverick Television

Best News Programme
The Reburial of Richard III      
BBC East Midlands

Best Factual Programme
Travel Man: 48 Hours in Marrakech    
North One Television

Best Current Affairs Feature
Inside Out - Extremism     
BBC Birmingham

The Baird Medal
Mark Williams

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