RTS Programme Awards 2013

Gabby Logan

Olivia Colman picked up the award for Female Actor for the second year running for her roles in Broadchurch (ITV) and Run (Channel 4), while Idris Elba won the Male Actor award for his role in Luther (BBC One). Broadchurch received the award for Drama Serial.

Other winners on the night included Brendan O'Carroll for Comedy Performance for Mrs Brown's Boys (BBC One); Peaky Blinders (BBC Two) for Drama Series; Dumping Ground (CBBC) for Children's Fiction; Gogglebox (Channel 4) for Popular, Factual and Features; Educating Yorkshire (Channel 4) for Documentary Series; and PLEBS (ITV2) for Scripted Comedy. Game Of Thrones took the International Award, while Alan Carr won the award for Entertainment Performance for Alan Carr: Chatty Man (Channel 4); Stephen Fry received the Presenter award for Stephen Fry - Out There (BBC Two); and Gary Neville won the award for Sports Presenter, Commentator or Pundit for his role on Sky Sports.

Chaired by David Liddiment, the RTS Programme Awards honour excellence across all genres of television programming, from soaps to history, children’s fiction to comedy performance and sports, and recognise exceptional actors, presenters, writers and production teams as well as the programmes themselves.

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony hosted by comedian Tim Vine on Tuesday 18 March at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. 


Actor - Female: Olivia Colman

Title: Broadchurch/Run
Production Company: Kudos for ITV/Acme Films
Broadcaster: Channel 4
Jodie Whittaker - Broadchurch
Sharon Rooney - My Mad Fat Diary

“The judges found this a typically believable, warm and utterly empathic performance from an actress at the very top of her game.”

Actor - Male: Idris Elba

Title: Luther
Production Company: BBC Drama Production London
Broadcaster: BBC One
Stephen Dillane - The Tunnel
Lennie James - Run

“An extraordinary screen presence; charismatic and powerful.  A complete joy to watch.”


Title: Imagine…Vivian Maier: Who Took Nanny's Pictures?
Production Company: BBC Arts
Broadcaster: BBC One
Inside The Mind of Leonardo
Rebuilding The World Trade Center

"A wonderfully crafted film that told a difficult and little known story to great effect.”

Children's Fiction

Title: Dumping Ground CBBC
Broadcaster: CBBC
The Ugly Duckling

“Its powerful storyline, exceptional writing and stunning ensemble acting from the children made this exceptional.”

Children's Programme

Title: Hard Times - A Newsround Special
Broadcaster: CBBC
Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom

“Moving and informative for both adults and children, the winning programme did a spectacular job of looking at the bigger picture of the recession and its aftermath.”

Comedy Performance: Brendan O'Carroll

Title: Mrs Brown's Boys
Production Company: BBC Scotland/BBC Comedy Production co-production with BocPix in association with RTE
Broadcaster: BBC One
Rebecca Front - Psychobitches
Ryan Sampson - PLEBS

“His character, like his show, dresses up a truly original talent in a hugely popular traditional guise.”


Title: Four Rooms
Production Company: Boundless
Broadcaster: \Channel 4
The Chase

“An original, fascinating twist to the highly populated buying and selling genre, with well-cast experts and compelling individual stories.”

Documentary Series

Title: Educating Yorkshire
Production Company: Twofour Broadcast
Broadcaster: Channel 4
Her Majesty's Prison: Aylesbury
The Call Centre

“Enormously watchable, with excellent production values and inspiring human stories, this memorable series was revelatory on the subject of education and teaching.”

Drama Serial

Title: Broadchurch
Production Company: Kudos
Broadcaster: ITV
Top Of The Lake
In The Flesh

“A powerful drama with brilliant plotting, standout performances and an extraordinary depth of characterisation, all of which combined to create one of the stand out TV events of the year.”

Drama Series

Title: Peaky Blinders
Production Company: Caryn Mandabach Productions, Tiger Aspect Productions
Broadcaster: BBC Two
My Mad Fat Diary

“A bold and ambitious series with outstanding production values, this was a thrilling and atmospheric tale, brilliantly realised.”


Title: The Last Leg
Production Company: An Open Mike Production
Broadcaster: Channel 4
A League Of Their Own
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

“This show is confident, clever and witty – and has heart. It has successfully moved beyond its niche into a more mainstream entertainment show, whilst still pushing the boundaries.”

Entertainment Performance: Alan Carr

Title: Alan Carr: Chatty Man
Production Company: An Open Mike Production
Broadcaster: Channel 4
Leigh Francis - Celebrity Juice/Through The Keyhole
Ant & Dec - Britain's Got Talent/Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

“Hugely likeable, with a sharp eye for pretensions that need popping, he's fearless in the face of fame.”


Title: Richard III: King In The Car Park
Production Company: Darlow Smithson
Broadcaster: Channel 4
Secrets From The Workhouse
The Story Of The Jews

“The winning programme created headlines around the world, and vividly portrayed the application of forensic science to a major historical mystery. It was presented with huge gusto, authority and sense of event.”


Title: Game Of Thrones
Production Company: HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions
Broadcaster: Sky Atlantic
The Returned
Storyville - Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

“Bravely structured on a shockingly brilliant scale, this was sophisticated, engaging and consistently amazing.”

Live Event

Title: The Ashes - 2013
Broadcaster: Sky Sports
Bollywood Carmen Live
Wimbledon Men's Final

“Effortless, confident and fresh, with great use of pundits… the winning programme has moved cricket coverage on.”

Popular Factual and Features

Title: Gogglebox
Production Company: Studio Lambert
Broadcaster: Channel 4
Long Lost Family
Gadget Man North One Television for Channel 4

“Endlessly watchable, authentic, brilliantly cast, and by turns hilarious and profoundly moving. It tackled difficult subjects in a fresh and illuminating way, placing the viewer at the centre of the action.”

Presenter: Stephen Fry

Title: Stephen Fry - Out There
Production Company: Maverick Television and Sprout Pictures
Broadcaster: BBC Two
David Attenborough - Galapagos 3D with David Attenborough
Davina McCall - Long Lost Family

“A memorable piece of work – heartfelt, passionate, personal and eloquent.”

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