The nominations for the 2019 RTS Programme Awards in partnership with Audio Network have been announced.
Journalist Charlene White announced the list of nominees for the awards at an event held at the h Club in London.
Sky thriller Save Me is recognised for Drama Series, also receiving nominations in the categories of Actor (Male) and Writer (Drama), both for Lennie James, with Alice Feetham in contention for the Breakthrough Award. Killing Eve is also recognised in the Drama Series category alongside its stars Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh, both nominated in the category of Actor (Female), together with star of Black Earth Rising, Michaela Coel. Ben Whishaw is nominated in the category of Actor (Male) for his portrayal of Norman Scott in BBC drama A Very English Scandal, also nominated in both the Mini-Series category and writer category (Russell T Davies), alongside actors Lucian Msamati and Lennie James.
Lesley Manville is nominated in the Comedy Performance (Female) category for her moving portrayal of Cathy in Mum, together with Sian Gibson for Peter Kay’s Car Share - The Finale and Daisy May Cooper in This Country. Derry Girls is also nominated in the categories of Scripted Comedy and Writer (Comedy) for Lisa McGee.
The Last Leg, Britain’s Got Talent and Don’t Hate The Playaz are nominated in the Entertainment category with comedian Michael McIntyre (Michael McIntyre's Big Show), Big Narstie and Mo Gilligan (The Big Narstie Show) and Jennifer Hudson (The Voice UK) all nominated in the category of Entertainment Performance.
A broad range of popular documentaries are nominated including David Attenborough’s pioneering series Blue Planet II, a winner in 2018, Drugsland, Prison, Grenfell and The Secret Life of Landfill: A Rubbish History all nominated across various categories this year. BBC One’s The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is also nominated in the Live Event category.
Channel 5, BBC One and CBeebies are all in contention for the RTS Channel of the Year award with Casualty, Hollyoaks and 2018 winner Coronation Street nominated in the Soap and Continuing Drama category.
The RTS Programme Awards seek to recognise programmes which, in the year in question, have made a material and positive contribution to their genre: either because their originality in form or content has in some way moved the genre on, or perhaps created a new genre; or because their quality has set standards which other programme-makers can learn from and emulate.
Winners will be announced at the Royal Television Society Programme Award’s Ceremony, hosted by Shappi Khorsandi, on Tuesday 19th March at The Grosvenor Hotel.