Russell T Davies’ drama Nolly took home four prizes from the RTS North West Awards, including those for Drama, Script Writer (for Davies) and Performance in a Drama (for Helena Bonham Carter).
The ITV three-parter, which told the story of star actor Noele Gordon’s firing from legendary soap Crossroads, also picked up the Visual Post-production award, which went to Paul Ensby, a colourist at post-production house Picture Shop.
BBC Director of Sport Barbara Slater, who is stepping down from the role in spring 2024 after more than 40 years at the corporation, received the Judges’ Award. Slater, who competed as a gymnast at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, joined the BBC in 1983 as a trainee assistant producer at the Natural History Unit in Bristol.
She became the first woman to run the sport department at the BBC in 2009 and was responsible for its coverage of the London 2012 Olympics – the most-watched national TV event in UK history with 51.9 million people tuning in. She also oversaw the department’s move from London to Salford MediaCity a year earlier.
Coronation Street enjoyed a successful evening at the ceremony. Charlotte Jordan, who plays Daisy Midgeley in the long-running soap, was recognised with the Performance in a Continuing Drama award and “Daisy’s Stalking Ordeal” won the Continuing Drama Storyline prize.
The journalism accolades were shared between ITV and the BBC: ITV News Granada Reports took home the award for Regional Programme, while the BBC’s Abbie Jones secured the Journalist in the North West prize.
The award for Presenter in the North went to BBC North West Tonight’s Roger Johnson.
Another BBC programme, Panorama, won the Current Affairs award for its report on The Billion Pound Savings Scandal, which was made by Nine Lives Media.
The ceremony at the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in Manchester was hosted by television presenters Gaby Roslin and OJ Borg.
RTS North West Chair Cameron Roach said: “It has been another incredible year for television production in the region and the nominees and winners this evening are a testament to the astound-ing talent we have in the North West.”
Award sponsors included Bandero Tequila, Capricorn Media Protection, Boss, No Drama, Space Studios, Dock10, We Are The Allies and Animal Direction.
Manchester-based Beautiful Productions produced the event for RTS North West.