RTS Programme Awards 2015
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
“… the brilliance of [Sarah’s] performance elevated this powerful piece to another level.”
Actor - Male: Tom Hollander
“… immersed himself completely in the role, delivering a deeply moving piece of work.”
“Two words sum this up – original and outstanding.”
“Fresh, unpredictable and with a cracking pace.”
“Fantastic production values made this a truly satisfying watch.”
Comedy Performance: Reece Shearsmith & Steve Pemberton
"Witty, clever and brilliantly inventive."
“Funny, cheeky and clever ...”
“A brilliantly crafted new take on a familiar topic, offering fresh insight through superb filmmaking.”
"A remarkable piece of television – remarkable in its ambition, production values, writing and the way it handled a complex subject.”
“Spell-bindingly good with an intensity of performance.”
"Effortlessly slick, brilliantly cast and continually fresh.”
Entertainment Performance: Claudia Winkleman
“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.”
“This programme offered a fresh way of approaching history, giving a visceral sense of what being there was really like.”
“A stylised miniseries perfectly capturing the darkly comedic tone of the source material.”
“Hugely ambitious, this programme was beautifully produced, with live coverage on a massive scale.”
Popular Factual and Features
“A brave and inspired approach to casting, injecting a level of authenticity and jeopardy that distinguished it from its predecessors.”
Presenter: Billy Connolly
“… raw, funny, brave and a great communicator – open and spell binding.”
Science and Natural History
“Probably one of the most ambitious live programmes ever made.”
“A masterpiece… incredibly funny and bold."
“An astonishing film with incredible access – a brave commission and a brave programme to make.”
“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
“… 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
“… has a genuine insight, strategic knowledge and a mission to explain.”
“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
“Funny, clever writing with amazing attention to detail.”
Writer - Drama: Peter Bowker
“Extraordinary writing – joyful, life-enhancing but in no way sentimental.”
Judges’ Award: Ben Stephenson, Controller Drama Commissioning
“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."