The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced the winners of the RTS Programme Awards 2018, in partnership with Audio Network, at a ceremony hosted by Vernon Kay at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, on Tuesday 20 March 2018.
The RTS Programme Awards, chaired by Wayne Garvie, honours excellence across all genres of television programming and recognise exceptional actors, presenters, writers and production teams, as well as the programmes themselves.
The BBC scooped 17 awards for its programmes and talent, and also won the coveted RTS Channel of the Year award.
BBC comedy series This Country (BBC Three) won three awards: Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper took home the Writer – Comedy and Comedy Performance prizes, and the show also secured the Scripted Comedy award. BBC One’s powerful drama, Three Girls, won two out of its three nominations, collecting the Mini-Series award and celebrating a win for Nicole Taylor in the Writer – Drama category.
Sinéad Keenan and Stephen Graham won the Actor (Female) and Actor (Male) awards for their work on Little Boy Blue (ITV), while Daniel Lawrence Taylor was presented with the Breakthrough Award for his performance in Timewasters (ITV2).
The acclaimed Planet Earth II (BBC One) was a popular winner of the Science & Natural History award, while Paula Rego: Secrets and Stories (BBC Two) took the Arts award. Hospital (BBC Two) won the Documentary Series prize, and the Single Documentary accolade went to Rio Ferdinand Being Mum and Dad (BBC One).
The Drama Series award saw a hard-fought category that was won by Channel 4’s The End of the F***ing World, while Murdered for Being Different (BBC Three) was rewarded in the Single Drama category. ITV’s Coronation Street brought the Soap and Continuing Drama award back to Weatherfield.
Channel 4 followed its 2017 success with a consecutive win for Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe (The Last Leg, Channel 4) in the Entertainment Performance category. The Entertainment programme award went to Love Island (ITV).
Anita Rani won the Presenter category for My Family, Partition and Me: India 1947 (BBC One), and Michael Johnson (World Athletics Championships, BBC One and BBC Two) took the title of Sports Presenter, Commentator or Pundit. Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko (Sky Sports) successfully fought off the competition for the Sports Programme award.
Other winners included Inside My Head: A Newsround Special (CBBC) in the Children’s Programme category, Muslims like Us (BBC Two) for Formatted Popular Factual, and Moving On – Eighteen (BBC One) for Daytime Programme. Elizabeth I's Secret Agents secured the History award and World War One Remembered: Passchendaele – For The Fallen won the Live Event award – both produced for BBC Two.
The RTS also presented three special awards on the night. The RTS Award of Special Recognition was presented to The Crown. The Judges’ Award went to Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones for Black Mirror.
Finally, Jimmy McGovern was recognised for his body of work with the Lifetime Achievement award.
Watch the extended highlights featuring all of the winners below: