Ricochet win two trophies at the RTS Southern Television Awards 2024

Ricochet win two trophies at the RTS Southern Television Awards 2024

Thursday, 4th July 2024
Tommy Jessop holds a stuffed bear, standing by the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles
Tommy Jessop in Tommy Jessop Goes to Hollywood (credit: BBC)
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Stuart Ray reports on the centre’s industry and student awards at Hampshire’s cricket ground in Southampton.

Brighton-based indie Ricochet took home two trophies from the RTS Southern Television Awards in May.

Channel 5 show Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild (co-produced by Renegade) won the Factual Series prize, while UKTV channel Dave’s World’s Most Dangerous Roads picked up the award for Entertainment or Factual Entertainment Programme.

The ceremony, hosted by BBC South Today presenter David Allard and Meridian Tonight host Sangeeta Bhabra, took place at the Utilita Bowl, home of Hampshire Cricket.

BBC One’s Tommy Jessop Goes to Hollywood won the Single Documentary for BBC Studios, with the Line of Duty actor, who has Down’s syndrome, was present at the cere­mony. The film follows Jessop, who is on a mission to show that people with Down’s can play Hollywood heroes.

The BBC and ITV shared the spoils in the news cate­gories. BBC South won two awards. Ben Moore’s “stylistic and energetic” camerawork ensured success in the Self-shooting Journalist category, while Lewis Coombes’s sport coverage earned him the Special Features Journalist award.

The Regional TV Journalist award was won by ITV Meridian’s Joe Coshan. His colleague Jamie Green picked up the Industry Newcomer award.

The Regional News Magazine Programme award went to ITV News Channel TV, whose “on-the-day” coverage of the trail of destruction wrought by Storm Ciarán was commended for its “marriage of incredible images and brave journalism”.

Newly formed Harbourside Films’ series of items for BBC One’s The One Show were recognised in the Strand within a News or Magazine Programme category.

RTS Southern also recognised the outstanding student work in the region at the ceremony. Bournemouth University students won two prizes (Factual and Saving the Planet), as did the University of Portsmouth (Drama plus Entertainment and Comedy Drama). The University for the Creative Arts won the Animation award.

RTS Southern Television Awards winners

Industry Categories

Single Documentary –Tommy Jessop Goes to Hollywood – BBC Studios for BBC One

Factual Series – Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild – Ricochet/Renegade for Channel 5

Entertainment or Factual Entertainment Programme – World’s Most Dangerous Roads – Ricochet for Dave

Regional News Magazine Programme – ITV News Channel TV

Strand within a News or Magazine Programme – The One Show – Harbourside Films for BBC One

Regional Television Journalist – Joe Coshan, ITV Meridian

Special Features Journalist – Lewis Coombes, BBC South

Self-shooting Journalist – Ben Moore, BBC South

Industry Newcomer – Jamie Green, ITV Meridian

Short-form Content – What About You – Three Thirds Films

Camerawork – Joshua Bosley

Post-production – David Head

Student Categories

Animation – Fairy Ring – University for the Creative Arts

Drama – Frank – University of Portsmouth

Entertainment and Comedy Drama – Tinsel – University of Portsmouth

Factual – Hidden Heroes – Bournemouth University

Saving the Planet – Eye of the Sun – Bournemouth University