RTS Programme Awards 2015

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All the winners from the RTS Programme Awards 2015

The Royal Television Society, Britain's leading forum for television and related media, has announced the winners of the RTS Programme Awards 2015.

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.

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Actor - Female: Sarah Lancashire

Title: Happy Valley
Georgina Campbell - Murdered By My Boyfriend
Sheridan Smith - Cilla

“… the brilliance of [Sarah’s] performance elevated this powerful piece to another level.”

Actor - Male: Tom Hollander

Title: A Poet In New York
Production Company: Modern Television
Broadcaster: BBC Cymru Wales & BBC Two
Adeel Akhtar - Utopia – Series 2
Toby Jones - Marvellous

“… immersed himself completely in the role, delivering a deeply moving piece of work.”


Title: Grayson Perry: Who Are You?
Production Company: Swan Films
Broadcaster: Channel 4
Messiah at the Foundling Hospital
Our Gay Wedding: The Musical

“Two words sum this up – original and outstanding.”

Children's Fiction

Title: 4 O’Clock Club – Christmas
Production Company: CBBC Productions
Broadcaster: CBBC
Hank Zipzer
Katie Morag and the Tiresome Ted

“Fresh, unpredictable and with a cracking pace.”

Children's Programme

Title: The Big Performance 3: Finale
Production Company: Twenty Twenty Productions
Broadcaster: CBBC
Marrying Mum and Dad
Swashbuckle ‘Pirate Pampering’

“Fantastic production values made this a truly satisfying watch.”

Comedy Performance: Reece Shearsmith & Steve Pemberton

Title: Inside No. 9
Production Company: BBC Comedy Production London
Broadcaster: BBC Two
Harry Enfield - Harry and Paul's Story of the Twos
Sarah Hadland - The Job Lot – Series 2

"Witty, clever and brilliantly inventive."

Daytime Programme

Title: Couples Come Dine With Me
Production Company: ITV Studios
Broadcaster: Channel 4
This Morning
Superstar Dogs

“Funny, cheeky and clever ...”

Documentary Series

Title: Life & Death Row
Production Company: BBC Documentaries Production
Broadcaster: BBC Three
Protecting our Parents

“A brilliantly crafted new take on a familiar topic, offering fresh insight through superb filmmaking.”

Drama Serial

Title: The Honourable Woman
Production Company: Drama Republic and Eight Rooks
Broadcaster: BBC Two
The Driver

"A remarkable piece of television – remarkable in its ambition, production values, writing and the way it handled a complex subject.”

Drama Series

Title: Line of Duty – Series 2
Production Company: World Productions
Broadcaster: BBC Two
Happy Valley
Peaky Blinders II

“Spell-bindingly good with an intensity of performance.”


Title: The Graham Norton Show
Production Company: So Television
Broadcaster: BBC One
A League Of Their Own – Series 8
Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

"Effortlessly slick, brilliantly cast and continually fresh.”

Entertainment Performance: Claudia Winkleman

Title: Strictly Come Dancing
Production Company: BBC Productions
Broadcaster: BBC One
Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show
Keith Lemon – Celebrity Juice

“The jury unanimously agreed that this was a stand-out year for the winner, who is a genuinely individual performer, naturally quick and witty as well as being a consummate professional.”


Title: Our World War
Production Company: BBC Documentaries Production
Broadcaster: BBC Three
The First Georgians: The German Kings Who Made Britain
The World’s War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire

“This programme offered a fresh way of approaching history, giving a visceral sense of what being there was really like.”


Title: Fargo
Production Company: MGM/FX Productions
Broadcaster: Channel 4
The Big Bang Theory – Series 7
True Detective

“A stylised miniseries perfectly capturing the darkly comedic tone of the source material.”

Live Event

Title: D-Day: The Heroes Return
Production Company: BBC Event Productions
Broadcaster: BBC One
The Grand National
WW1 Remembered – From The Battlefield & From Westminster Abbey

“Hugely ambitious, this programme was beautifully produced, with live coverage on a massive scale.”

Popular Factual and Features

Title: The Island With Bear Grylls
Production Company: Shine TV/Bear Grylls Ventures Co-Production
Broadcaster: Channel 4
50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy
Great British Bake Off

“A brave and inspired approach to casting, injecting a level of authenticity and jeopardy that distinguished it from its predecessors.”

Presenter: Billy Connolly

Title: Billy Connolly’s Big Send Off
Production Company: Burning Bright Productions
Broadcaster: ITV
Dr Lucy Worsley - The First Georgians: The German Kings Who Made Britain
Grayson Perry - Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

“… raw, funny, brave and a great communicator – open and spell binding.”

Science and Natural History

Title: Live From Space: Lap of the Planet
Production Company: Arrow Media
Broadcaster: Channel 4
Life Story
The Girl Who Talked To Dolphins

“Probably one of the most ambitious live programmes ever made.”

Scripted Comedy

Title: Harry and Paul’s Story of the Twos
Production Company: Balloon Entertainment
Broadcaster: BBC Two
Him and Her: The Wedding
Moone Boy – Series 2

“A masterpiece… incredibly funny and bold."

Single Documentary

Title: The Paedophile Hunter
Production Company: Amos Pictures
Broadcaster: Channel 4
Baby P: The Untold Story
This World: Terror at The Mall

“An astonishing film with incredible access – a brave commission and a brave programme to make.”

Single Drama

Title: Murdered By My Boyfriend
Production Company: BBC Productions
Broadcaster: BBC Three

“This work felt important and utterly compelling, with inventive direction and writing – a bold and original approach to difficult subject matter.”

Soap and Continuing Drama

Title: Casualty
Production Company: BBC Drama Production Wales
Broadcaster: BBC One
Coronation Street

“… a show that had regained exceptional form. A strong sense of the community within the show never detracted from the individual journeys the characters went on…an excellent drama.”

Sports Presenter, Commentator or Pundit: Gary Neville

Broadcaster: Sky Sports
Gary Lineker BBC Sport for BBC One
Hazel Irvine BBC Sports

“… has a genuine insight, strategic knowledge and a mission to explain.”

Sports Programme

Title: The 2014 Ryder Cup
Production Company: Sky Sports/European Tour Productions
Broadcaster: Sky Sports
British Grand Prix
World Cup: Germany Vs Brazil

“With an approach that took the audience to the heart of the event and with a commentary team of unrivalled expertise, this was a production that was perfectly placed to showcase great sporting drama.”

Writer - Comedy: Harry Enfield, Paul Whitehouse & Charlie Higson

Title: Harry and Paul’s Story of the Twos
Production Company: Balloon Entertainment
Broadcaster: BBC Two
Jessica Knappett - Drifters – Series 2
Sam Leifer & Tom Basden - Plebs – Series 2

“Funny, clever writing with amazing attention to detail.”

Writer - Drama: Peter Bowker

Title: Marvellous
Production Company: Fifty Fathoms Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions
Broadcaster: BBC Two
Jimmy McGovern – Common LA Productions for BBC One - Common
Sally Wainwright - Happy Valley

“Extraordinary writing – joyful, life-enhancing but in no way sentimental.”

Judges’ Award: Ben Stephenson, Controller Drama Commissioning

Broadcaster: BBC Television

“We are living through an extraordinarily rich period of television drama in the US and Europe, as well as here in the UK, and this year's RTS Judges’ Award acknowledges the contribution one executive has made to what many are calling a new golden age.

He was responsible for 7 out of the top 10 most watched dramas of the year and 7 out of 10 of the most appreciated. He has built BBC Two drama into a formidable creative force with titles like Peaky Blinders, The Fall, Line of Duty and The Honourable Woman. And he has successfully introduced a new slate of returning series to BBC One with Sherlock, Call the Midwife, Death in Paradise, Last Tango in Halifax, The Musketeers and Shetland all playing last year. Also in 2014, he introduced Happy Valley and The Missing - two of the most talked about series of the year, greeted with huge critical and audience acclaim. Add to all that single films like Jimmy McGovern's Common and Peter Bowker's Marvellous, not to mention a rejuvenated EastEnders, and it would be hard to disagree that our winner has had an extraordinary year.”

Lifetime Achievement Award: Melvyn Bragg


“Tonight’s recipient enjoys multiple careers – novelist, writer of non-fiction, radio broadcaster, member of the House of Lords, campaigner and educator – but first and foremost, he’s a man of television, a great broadcaster and programme maker. But even that doesn’t adequately describe the role he has come to occupy in national life – because in Britain, no one is more synonymous with the arts than Melvyn Bragg."