More than 250 guests attended the RTS Cymru Wales Awards in early April at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
In both industry and student categories – owing to successive Covid19 lockdowns – awards were made for programmes shown in 2020 and 2021.
Two BBC series were honoured in the Drama category, Bad Wolf’s Philip Pullman adaptation His Dark Materials in 2020 and Kayleigh Llewellyn’s comedy drama, made by Expectation, In My Skin (2021).
In the News and Current Affairs category, BBC Wales Investigates: Testing Time in Care triumphed in 2020 and the S4C documentary about the victims of a sexual abuser, John Owen: Cadw Cyfrinach (Keeping a Secret), in 2021.
A special Made in Lockdown award was presented to The Great House Giveaway, produced for Channel 4 by Welsh indie Chwarel.
In the student categories, Bangor University scooped six prizes, including Postgraduate Drama for Between the Headphones and Postgraduate Factual (Love of My Landscapes). Aberystwyth University, the University of South Wales and Cardiff Metropolitan University also won awards.
Producer and presenter Stifyn Parri hosted the ceremony, which featured a performance by Cardiff electro pop artist Dead Method.
“We couldn’t have been more pleased at the huge turnout,” said RTS Cymru Wales Chair Edward Russell following the region’s first in-person event for two years. “What sets us apart is the fact that we have students and TV execs in the same room – each keen to meet each other and make connections.”
RTS Cymru Wales Television Awards winners:
Drama 2020: His Dark Materials, Bad Wolf for BBC One/HBO
Drama 2021: In My Skin, Expectation for BBC Cymru Wales
News and Current Affairs 2020: BBC Wales Investigates: Testing Time in Care, BBC Cymru Wales
News and Current Affairs 2021: John Owen: Cadw Cyfrinach, Wildflame for S4C
Breakthrough 2020: Rachael Solomon, Boom Cymru for S4C
Breakthrough 2021: Tim Davies, Rediscover Media for BBC
Made In Lockdown: The Great House Giveaway, Chwarel for Channel 4
Children’s 2021: My Life: Battle of the Ballroom, Yeti Television for CBBC
Digital 2021: Yn Y Garej: Philip Mills, Tinopolis for Facebook
Student Categories 2021
Undergraduate Non-Scripted: Rameece’s Story, University of South Wales
Undergraduate Scripted: White Noise, Aberystwyth University
Postgraduate Non-Scripted: Pontypool RFC: One Game, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Student Categories 2022
Postgraduate Drama: Between the Headphones, Bangor University
Undergraduate Factual: For Reminiscence, University of South Wales
Postgraduate Factual: Love of My Landscapes, Bangor University
Craft Skills: Camerawork: Chitti the Missing Girl, Bangor University
Craft Skills: Editing: Y Lein: Friction Dynamics and Love of My Landscapes, Both Bangor University
Craft Skills: Production Design: Between the Headphones, Bangor Uni
Craft Skills: Sound: Chitti the Missing Girl, Bangor University