Welsh programming celebrated at RTS Cymru Wales Awards

Welsh programming celebrated at RTS Cymru Wales Awards

Wednesday, 10th May 2023
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Life and Death in the Warehouse starred Aimee-Ffion Edwards. Credit: BBC
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Life and Death in the Warehouse won two big prizes at the RTS Cymru Awards: the BBC Three film secured the Drama award and its star, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, took home the Drama Performance prize.

The single drama, written by Helen Black, was inspired by real stories of warehouse workers in Britain and the poor conditions they endure.

The Factual prize was awarded to ITV Cymru Wales documentary Miscarriage: The Hidden Loss, which was presented by ITV Wales at Six and Wales This Week host Andrea Byrne.

The new Sports Documentary prize went to Barn Media’s series for BBC One Wales, Together Stronger, the story of how the Wales football team was transformed from also-rans to tournament regulars.

New Location Manager and Production Manager awards were also introduced to throw the spotlight on vital roles that don’t always get the attention they deserve in the TV industry. Miglet Crichton took home the Location Manager award for her work on BBC One fantasy drama His Dark Materials, while James DeHaviland won the Production Manager – Drama prize for Disney+ series Willow, and Lowri Farr won the Production Manager – Factual award for S4C reality show Prosiect Pum Mil.

RTS Cymru Wales’s third industry awards were hosted by TV presenter Owain Wyn Evans. The ceremony at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff was sold out.

Rakie Ayola, who starred in BBC Wales drama The Pact, awarded the gongs to winning postgraduate students.

For the student awards, which are held in separate undergraduate and postgraduate categories, the wins were shared around the region’s colleges and universities.

“I feel we’re firmly established as an awarding body in Wales and, by combining student awards with industry ones, we are bringing the programme-makers of today face-to-face with the programme-makers of tomorrow,” said RTS Cymru Wales Chair Edward Russell.

At the ceremony, guests watched a special archive item that celebrated Welsh content across the globe. Russell said: “We took time to look back at output across the region from years gone by. Each of our three broadcasters is hitting a milestone in 2023: 100 years of the BBC in Wales; 65 years of independent television; and, of course, we are in the midst of S4C’s 40th birthday.”

RTS Cymru/Wales Television Awards winners

Industry Categories

Drama — Life and Death in the Warehouse — BBC Studios for BBC Three

Comedy or Entertainment — Hywel Gwynfryn Yn 80 — Slam Media for S4C

Factual — Miscarriage: The Hidden Loss — ITV Cymru Wales

News (Short) —The Afghan Children of the Urdd — ITN for Channel 5

Sports Documentary — Together Stronger — Barn Media for BBC One Wales

Children’s —Y Goleudy — Yeti Television for CBBC

Digital Original — Solo and Unsupported — Cwmni Da

Drama Performance — Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Life and Death in the Warehouse — BBC Studios for BBC Three

Presenter of the Year — Chris Roberts

Rising Star — Luc Daley

Multiskilled Journalism or Producer — Tom Brown

Location Manager — Miglet Crichton, His Dark Materials — Bad Wolf for BBC One/HBO

Production Manager: Drama — James DeHaviland, Willow — Lucasfilm for Disney+

Production Manager: Factual — Lowri Farr, Prosiect Pum Mil — Boom Cymru for S4C

Student Categories

Undergraduate: Animation — Morlyn Sbwriel (Litter Lagoon) — University of South Wales

Undergraduate: Drama — Benighted — University of South Wales

Undergraduate: Factual — Hudson’s Story — Cardiff And Vale College

Postgraduate; Environment and Sustainability — Saviours from Extinction — Cardiff University

Postgraduate Factual — Ride the Spine — Cardiff Metropolitan University

Postgraduate Journalism — The Invisible People — Cardiff University

Craft Skills: Sound — Matchiko — Bangor University

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