Leeds doc nabs double

Leeds doc nabs double

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Tuesday, 26th October 2021
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BBC Three series My Left Nut scored a hat trick of wins at the RTS Yorkshire Awards at the end of September.

The coming-of-age comedy drama, made by Kay Mellor’s company, Rollem Productions, took home the prestigious Drama, Writer and Actor categories. 

Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney won the Writer prize for a series that is based on Patrick’s own teenage years. Nathan Quinn-O’Rawe took the Actor award for playing 15-year old Mick, who discovers he has a swelling on his left testicle. 

This Week on the Farm presenter Helen Skelton hosted the ceremony at the Queens Hotel, Leeds, which was attended by more than 350 people.

“After an unprecedented year, we had an equally unprecedented number of entries for our 17th annual awards,” said RTS Yorkshire Chair Fiona Thompson. “The real pleasure of the evening was experiencing the joy of a regional community coming together for the first time since 2019. The room was filled with love and friendship and the buzz was electric.” The awards, she added, “reflect the vibrancy of... a region that punches above its weight”. 

Amazon Prime Video’s Take Us Home: Leeds United, which is made by The City Talking, notched up two wins, for Documentary Series and Use of Music and Sound (Lee Hicken, Ellen Smith, Giuseppe De Luca and Stacey Hicken Smith). 

There were multiple winners of the RTS Yorkshire Outstanding Contribution Award: BBC Look North reporter Cathy Killick; key talent from ITV Calendar, Christine Talbot, Gaynor Barnes, John Shires, Nick Collins and Nigel Rowe; and Channel 5 director of programmes Ben Frow. 

Regional news programme BBC Look North notched up awards in the One to Watch category, which was won by reporter Lizzy Steel and for Presenter (Peter Levy). 

ITV Calendar’s Emma Wilkinson took the News or Current Affairs Reporter prize, with the ITV regional show also winning the News Programme Award for its tribute to the late World Cup winner – and her grandfather – Jack Charlton. 

News or Current Affairs Story award went to Candour Productions’ Stacey Dooley and the Lockdown Babies, which was made for BBC One’s Panorama

Leeds-based Candour Productions also won the Independent Spirit prize and the Professional Excellence: Factual Post-production award for Channel 4 documentary A Day in the Life of Coronavirus Britain. 

Air TV, Candour, Channel 4, Channel 5, Daisybeck, The Other Planet and True North were the main sponsors of the awards.

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BBC Three series My Left Nut scored a hat trick of wins at the RTS Yorkshire Awards at the end of September.