RTS Programme Awards 2016

Ant and Dec at the RTS Programme Award 2016


The RTS Programme Awards 2016, in partnership with Audio Network, took place in London on 22 March. 


The winners of this year's RTS Programme Awards in partnership with Audio Network, were announced at a star-studded ceremony hosted by Richard Madeley at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.



Actor - Female: Suranne Jones

Title: Doctor Foster
Production Company: Drama Republic
Broadcaster: BBC One
Claire Foy - Wolf Hall
Claire Rushbrook - Home Fires

"Such a finely judged performance, utterly engrossing."

Actor - Male: Anthony Hopkins

Title: The Dresser
Production Company: Playground Entertainment
Broadcaster: BBC Two
Adam Long - Don't Take My Baby
Tom Courtenay - Unforgotten

“…titanically good, an absolute masterclass in acting"


Title: Handmade
Production Company: BBC Scotland Arts Production
Broadcaster: BBC Four
Grayson Perry's Dream House

“Understated in a powerful way, a programme that challenged many conventions of contemporary television. It was direct, adventurous, and beautiful.”

Breakthrough: Michaela Coel

Title: Chewing Gum
Production Company: Retort Television
Broadcaster: E4
Richard Bentley - The Stranger on the Bridge
Sian Gibson - Peter Kay's Car Share

“A talent that breaks through in every direction…”

Children's Programme

Title: My Life: I Am Leo
Production Company: Nine Lives Media
Broadcaster: CBBC
Lily's Driftwood Bay - Goodbye Seabird
The Dumping Ground

“An uplifting piece of television that had, at its heart, an unexpected joy.”

Comedy Performance: Michaela Coel

Title: Chewing Gum
Production Company: Retort Television
Broadcaster: E4
Nick Helm - Uncle
Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney - Catastrophe

“Fresh, totally unique, edgy and brave…utterly original.”

Daytime Programme

Title: Judge Rinder
Production Company: ITV Studios
Broadcaster: ITV
Posh Pawnbrokers
This Morning

“Incredibly watchable, distinctive and entertaining.”

Documentary Series

Title: The Romanians Are Coming
Production Company: Keo Films
Broadcaster: Channel 4
Reggie Yates' Extreme Russia
The Detectives

“Amazing casting and full of exquisite layering.”

Drama Serial

Title: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies
Production Company: Carnival Films
Broadcaster: ITV
This is England '90
Wolf Hall

“Compelling and tender…it took the viewer on a deeply moving emotional journey.”

Drama Series

Title: No Offence
Production Company: Abbott Vision
Broadcaster: Channel 4
The Last Kingdom

“It felt like nothing else, and brought something new to the genre. Clever, funny, tense and with strong performances at its centre.”


Title: Release the Hounds
Production Company: Gogglebox Entertainment
Broadcaster: ITV2
The Graham Norton Show
The Last Leg

“…brilliantly made, with great production values which really move the genre forward.”

Entertainment Performance: Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly

Title: I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!/Britain's Got Talent/Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
Production Company: ITV Studios/Thames and Syco/ITV Studios and Mitre Television
Broadcaster: ITV
Adam Hills - The Last Leg
Jack Whitehall - A League Of Their Own

“Consistently excellent, warm, funny and ridiculously versatile.”


Title: Holocaust: Night Will Fall
Production Company: Spring Films/Angel TV
Broadcaster: Channel 4
Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners
Dagrau o Waed: Rhyfel Corea/Tears of Blood: Korean War

“A landmark film, an affirmation of the importance of television as a medium of truth and a document of record in itself.”

Live Event

Title: VE Day 70: The Nation Remembers
Production Company: BBC Events Production
Broadcaster: BBC One
Alternative General Election with Jeremy Paxman
BRIT Awards 2015

“It felt so very special…we loved it.”

Popular, Factual and Features

Title: DIY SOS: Homes For Veterans
Production Company: BBC Features Production
Broadcaster: BBC One
First Dates
SAS: Who Dares Wins

“Great to see a format being reinvented to such great effect and feeling so relevant.”

Presenter: Reggie Yates

Title: Reggie Yates' Extreme Russia
Production Company: Sundog Pictures
Broadcaster: BBC Three
David Olusoga - Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners
Grayson Perry - Grayson Perry's Dream House

“…seems so natural, coming through the screen as highly relatable and unaffected.”

Science and Natural History

Title: Oak Tree: Nature's Greatest Survivor
Production Company: Furnace TV
Broadcaster: BBC Four
Big Blue Live
Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands

“Incredible!...innovative in approach and execution, it seemed perfectly pitched for its audience.”

Scripted Comedy

Title: Catastrophe
Production Company: Avalon Television with Merman and Birdbath Productions
Broadcaster: Channel 4
People Just Do Nothing
Peter Kay's Car Share

“Brilliantly intelligent characters delivering dialogue that was simply laugh-out-loud funny.”

Single Documentary

Title: Storyville: India's Daughter
Production Company: Assassin Films
Broadcaster: BBC Four
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
My Son The Jihadi

“A faultless film, both remarkable and important.”

Single Drama

Title: Coalition
Production Company: Cuba Pictures
Broadcaster: Channel 4
Black Mirror: White Christmas

“A clever and very original film that was funny and perceptive…as well as beautifully written and performed.”

Soap and Continuing Drama

Title: Emmerdale
Production Company: ITV Studios
Broadcaster: ITV
Coronation Street

“Strong, confident storytelling in the finest tradition of British continuing drama.”

Sports Presenter, Commentator or Pundit: David Coulthard

Production Company: BBC Sport
Broadcaster: BBC One
Alan Shearer
Gary Neville - Monday Night Football

“It’s his personality that draws you in – a fantastic broadcaster with great insights to share.”

Sports Programme: Monday Night Football

Broadcaster: Sky Sports
Champions League Goals Show
The Ashes

“A show that sets the sport’s agenda, with an articulate, immaculate team of pundits happy to go all out to lay their opinions on the line.”

Writer - Comedy: Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan

Title: Catastrophe
Production Company: Avalon Television & Merman
Broadcaster: Channel 4
Michaela Coel - Chewing Gum
Peter Kay, Sian Gibson, Paul Coleman & Tim Reid - Peter Kay's Car Share

“The humour in this writing felt genuinely authentic, yet packed full of jokes and constantly subversive.”

Writer - Drama: Peter Morgan

Title: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies
Production Company: Carnival Films
Broadcaster: ITV
Russell T. Davies - Cucumber
Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne - This Is England '90

“This writing was exceptionally skilful and poignant…absolutely first rate.”

Judges’ Award

Sir Lenny Henry

"Lenny’s call for a sea-change in our industry shook us from our complacency, and in the two years since he made that lecture, real action has been taken. Clearly this is still a case of “work-in-progress”, but the journey of change is underway. As a consequence of Lenny’s wake-up call to us all, every major British broadcaster has introduced new initiatives and policies about diversity in front of and behind the camera. And the difference is seen on screen. The cast – and the crew – is changing."

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dame Joan Bakewell

"Through the second half of the 1960s, the black and white image of the fashionably dressed Joan Bakewell interviewing the agenda-setting creative artists of the day became almost emblematic of sixties Britain. Here – at last – was an unintimidated, intelligent woman ready to challenge everyone she spoke to on television, to move the interview format on from the deferential to the truly enquiring, and to do so in her own unique style. And while she wasn’t the only early role model for the women that followed her into television, she was certainly one of the most inspiring."