RTS Programme Awards 2020 in partnership with Audio Network
The winners were revealed by writer and comedian Paul Merton and were streamed live to nominees and viewers at home, via the RTS website.
Wayne Garvie, Chair of the RTS Programme Awards said: “We are all facing an incredibly difficult time and rightfully have made responsible changes to the format of the RTS Programme Awards. Despite this, we would like to acknowledge the incredible contribution of all our nominees to the UK’s television output and celebrate our deserving winners. This is my last year in the role of Chair of the RTS Programme Awards and throughout my tenure I have been proud to witness the outstanding talent in the UK, and have been repeatedly inspired by the creativity across our industry.”
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Actor - Female: Tamara Lawrance
Actor - Male: Stephen Graham
Arts: Bros: After The Screaming Stops
Breakthrough Award: Tanya Moodie
Children's Programme: Zog
Comedy Performance - Female: Saoirse-Monica Jackson
Comedy Performance- Male: Ncuti Gatwa
Daytime Programme: The Repair Shop
Documentary Series: The Choir: Our School By The Tower
Drama Series: Gentleman Jack
Entertainment: RuPaul's Drag Race UK
Entertainment Performance: London Hughes
Formatted Popular Factual: The British Tribe Next Door
History: Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain
Live Event: Stormzy at Glastonbury 2019
Mini-Series: The Long Song
Presenter: Mobeen Azhar
RTS Channel of the Year: Channel 5
Science and Natural History: The Parkinson's Drug Trial: A Miracle Cure?
Scripted Comedy: Fleabag
Single Documentary: War in the Blood
Single Drama: The Left Behind
Soap and Continuing Drama: Casualty
Sports Presenter, Commentator or Pundit: Alex Scott
Sports Programme: ICC Cricket World Cup Final
Writer - Comedy: Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Writer - Drama: Craig Mazin
Judges' Award: Jane Featherstone
Just five years ago Jane Featherstone left the security of being Chief Executive of Kudos and Chair of Shine UK, where she’d enjoyed a great run of success. Jane had joined Kudos in 2000 as Head of Drama and risen to the top job, along the way bringing to the screen hit shows like Broadchurch, Life On Mars, Ashes To Ashes, The Tunnel and Spooks.
On leaving Kudos she struck out on her own and founded Sister Pictures – now just branded Sister, in a partnership with Elizabeth Murdoch and Stacey Snider. In her new company Jane quickly hit her stride with a deep development slate of bold, eye-catching drama. By 2019, just four years after starting up, she had FIVE series running in the same year in peak-time on British television – all radically different pieces in content and tone, but all highly distinctive and with their own very specific voice:
Cleaning Up on ITV starred Sheridan Smith as a working class Londoner who decides to play life by the rules usually reserved for the people she cleans for; The Split on BBC One was a multi-layered story of privilege and betrayal in a family-owned law firm; Don’t Forget The Driver, produced for BBC Two, was an acutely-observed comedy starring Toby Jones as a coach driver in one of Britain’s forgotten seaside towns; Giri/Haji on BBC Two was soulful thriller set in Tokyo and London which succeeded in being both dark and witty in equal measure; and of course, Chernobyl was one of the big, globally-acclaimed and talked-about events of the year – a searing dramatization of the story the Soviet Union tried to supress when the world held its breath following the worst nuclear accident in history.
It is, by any measure, an exceptional slate of extraordinary work, all in a single year. Drama of the very highest quality, produced with passion and flair by one of the stand-out stars of British television production.