Long-running soap Pobol Y Cwm honoured at RTS Cymru Wales Awards 2024

Long-running soap Pobol Y Cwm honoured at RTS Cymru Wales Awards 2024

Thursday, 9th May 2024
Lis Miles in Pobol Y Cwm (Credit: S4C)
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The stars were out for the centre’s awards at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, says Matthew Bell

Pobol Y Cwm, which celebrates a half-century on air this October, was honoured at the RTS Cymru Wales Awards last month.

The soap, which is set in the fictional Welsh-speaking village of Cwmderi, was recognised by the RTS with a Lifetime Achievement award, as were Lis Miles, who plays Megan Harries and appeared in the first episode in 1974, and long-serving director/producer Robin Davies-Rollinson.

Pobol Y Cwm, which airs on S4C three times a week, is filmed at the BBC’s drama studios in Cardiff Bay.

Men Up, the story of the world’s first trial for the drug that would become Viagra in Swansea 30 years ago, took home the Drama prize. The TV film, which was written by Matthew Barry and directed by Ashley Way, was made for BBC One by Quay Street Productions and Boom.

The award for Drama Performance went to Di Botcher, who has played paramedic Jan Jenning in the BBC One drama Casualty since 2018.

Rhod Gilbert: A Pain in the Neck, a Channel 4 series that follows the comedian’s treatment for a rare form of head and neck cancer, secured the Factual award. The powerful and life-affirming series was produced by Kailash Films.

Sarra Elgan took home the Presenter of the Year award for her coverage of last autumn’s Rugby World Cup on S4C.

Cardiff actor Mared Jarman (S4C drama Yr Amgueddfa and BBC Two comedy How This Blind Girl…) was recognised with the Rising Star award.

RTS Cymru Wales – Television Awards 2024 winners

Industry Awards

Lifetime Awards – Pobol Y Cwm, Lis Miles and Robin Davies-Rollinson

Drama – Men Up, Quay Street Productions and Boom for BBC One

Drama Performance – Di Botcher, Casualty, BBC Cymru Wales/BBC Studios for BBC One

Comedy or Entertainment – A Special School, Slam Media for BBC Wales/BBC Two

Factual – Rhod Gilbert; A Pain in the Neck, Kailash Films for Channel 4

Children’s – My Life: I was Bullied, Yeti Television for CBBC

News (Short) – Argyfwng Twrci a Syria, S4C

Sports Documentary – Ifan Phillips, Whisper Cymru for S4C

Presenter of the Year – Sarra Elgan, Cwpan Rygbi’r Byd, S4C

Rising Star – Mared Jarman

Digital – Bwmp, Octagon Content for S4C

Location Manager – Iwan Roberts, Doctor Who: The Church on Ruby Road, BBC Studios and Bad Wolf for BBC One and Disney+

Multiskilled Journalism or Production – Lydia Griffith and Siôn Jenkins, Y Byd ar Bedwar: Ymchwiliad Ian Wyn-Jones, S4C

Production Manager (Factual) – Francesca Barbieri, One Tribe TV

Production Manager (Drama) – Mair Vining, The Winter King, Bad Wolf and Sony Pictures for ITVX

Student Undergraduate Awards

Animation – The Closet, University of South Wales

Comedy and Entertainment – The Struggles for Creative Consistency, Aberystwyth University

Drama – Woe, Aberystwyth University

Factual Short-form – Holm Sweet Home, University of South Wales

Saving the Planet – Fibres: The Roots of Industrial Hemp, Aberystwyth University

Craft Skills: Camera – Penguin, University of South Wales

Student Postgraduate Awards

Drama – Black Veil, University of South Wales

Factual Long-form – A Bridge to Mundania, Cardiff University

Factual Short-form – Portraying Islam, Cardiff University

Craft Skills: Sound – Amygdala, University of South Wales

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