Jimmy McGovern bags prizes at RTS Midlands Awards 2021

Jimmy McGovern bags prizes at RTS Midlands Awards 2021

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The pen of Jimmy McGovern was responsible for three of the big winners at the RTS North West Awards in late November.

The Liverpool-born author took the Script Writer award for his BBC One prison drama Time while its star, Sean Bean, picked up the Performance in a Drama prize.

McGovern’s drama Anthony, made by LA Productions for BBC One, which tells the story of a racist murder of a teenager and the life he could have lived, secured the Single Drama award.

Channel 4 Aids drama It’s a Sin, written by Russell T Davies and made by Red Production Company, took the Drama Series prize.

The awards ceremony was held at The Point in Old Trafford, Manchester, and hosted by TV presenter Anna Richardson and BBC Radio 2 DJ OJ Borg.

BBC One show Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children left the ceremony with two prizes, for Current Affairs Programme and Single Documentary.

Sky One series Brassic, which is made by Calamity Films, also nabbed two awards: Performance in a Comedy for its star, Joseph Gilgun; and Audio Post-production, for Core Post’s Tony Greenwood.

Owain Wyn Evans was another double winner, with the BBC North West Tonight weatherman triumphing in both the Breakthrough Talent and Regional Presenter categories. Evans recently completed a 24-hour drumming challenge, raising more than £2.5m for BBC Children in Need.

BBC North West Tonight also scooped the Regional Programme award for its special show The Pandemic, while its reporter, Abbie Jones, was awarded the Journalist in the North West prize. Two years ago, Jones won the Regional Story category at the RTS North West Awards.

BBC Children’s In-House Productions performed strongly at the awards, with Crackerjack being named Entertainment Programme, The Dengineers winning the Factual Entertainment Programme category and CBeebies Presents: Christmas in Storyland taking home the prize for Pre-School Children’s Programme.

“The North West has proven itself to be a powerhouse for regional production in the UK and the last two years – despite the difficulties the industry has faced – have been no exception,” said Cat Lewis, Chair of the awards.

Barclays, Space Studios, Timeline TV, No Drama and The Farm sponsored the RTS North West Awards, which covered 2020 and 2021.

Image Credit: BBC/Matt Squire/James Stack