Awards Ceremony

Thursday, 17 November, 2016

Winners revealed for RTS NI Programme Awards 2016

The very best in local television production and creative talent have been honoured at this year’s Royal Television Society (RTS) NI Programme Awards 2016. 

Belfast indie Erica Starling Productions was the big winner on the night, taking home two prizes from the Northern Ireland Programme Awards 2016.

Find Me a Family, a BBC One NI series that followed the lives of children through the care system,scooped the Factual Award, while Kids in Crisis for Channel 4’s Dispatches took the Current Affairs Award.

Hat Trick Productions’ The Secret – a true-life drama series for ITV about double murderers Colin Howell and Hazel Buchanan, starring James Nesbitt and Genevieve O’Reilly – was named Best Drama.

The RTS Northern Ireland Judges Award went to Green Inc Film and Television Managing Director Stephen Stewart in recognition of his outstanding contribution to local production.

The County Down-based indie also won the Factual Single Award for Patrick Kielty’s Mulholland Drive (BBC One).

The Comedy and Entertainment Award went to Waddell Media’s The Commute, a BBC One NI documentary series looking at the journey to work.

The other winners on the night were UTV Live at 6: EU Referendum Result (News Coverage) and Sixteen South’s Lily’s Driftwood Bay for RTÉ and Channel 5 (Children’s/Animation).

Broadcaster Adrian Chiles hosted the ceremony, which attracted some 200 people from across the creative industries to the Metropolitan Arts Centre in Belfast in mid-November.

Coleraine-born actor Bronagh Waugh who played Sally Ann Spector in BBC Two’s The Fall presented the International Production award to BBC Sport for Sports Personality of the Year.

Northern Ireland Chair and Head of BBC Northern Ireland Productions Steve Carson said: “This year’s programme awards have been an outstanding success and we’re extremely heartened to see the quality being produced in Northern Ireland.” 

The RTS Northern Ireland Programme Awards 2016 were sponsored by Performance Film and Media Insurance, and supported by BBC Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen and Channel 4.  



Comedy and Entertainment: The Commute

Production Company: Waddell Media Ltd
Hive Minds, with Fiona Bruce

Factual Series: Find Me A Family

Production Company: Erica Starling
The Many Faces of… (Ronnie Corbett)
Voices ’16

Factual Single: Patrick Kielty’s Mulholland Drive

Production Company: Green Inc Film & Television Ltd
True North - Crossmaglen: Field Of Dreams
A Deadly Mission: Belfast to Congo

Current Affairs: Channel 4 Dispatches, Kids in Crisis

Production Company: Erica Starling
Spotlight: Selling Northern Ireland
Spotlight: Inside the Cartel

News Coverage: UTV Live at 6 – EU Referendum Result

Production Company: UTV
Spotlight: Brexit Special
BBC Newsline Special – The Somme: 100 Years

Drama: The Secret

Production Company: Hat Trick Productions Ltd
Line of Duty
The Frankenstein Chronicles

Children’s and /or Animation: Lily’s Driftwood Bay

Production Company: Sixteen South
Secret Life of Boys
A Christmas Star

International Production: Sports Personality of the Year

Production Company: BBC Sport
Lily’s Driftwood Bay
Irish TV Country Music Awards

Managing Director of Green Inc Stephen Stewart received the RTS NI Judges’ Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the production sector in Northern Ireland.