Derry Girls

Winners of the RTS Programme Awards 2019 announced

Jodie Comer took home the Actor - Female award for her role in Killing Eve (Credit: RTS/Richard Kendal)

Guests in attendance included the cast of Hollyoaks and Coronation Street, star of Killing Eve and Actor (Female) winner Jodie Comer and legendary actress Lesley Manville, who picked up the award for Comedy Performance - Female for Mum.

Jodie Comer's iconic performance in Killing Eve won her the Actor - Female award, with Lucian Msamati winning the Actor - Male award for his harrowing and extraordinary portrayal of Tobi in Kiri.

TV Diary: Ian Katz

Credit: Channel 4

Wake up to an item on Radio 4’s Today about the shortage of HRT drugs. Women are resorting to trading them illegally in car parks. The Govern­ment has had to appoint an “HRT tsar”. A pharmaceutical executive explains it is partly to do with supply chain problems but mostly the result of a surge in demand triggered by a Channel 4 documentary presented by Davina McCall last year. 

Now Davina has made a follow-up film and people are worried that even more women will have the temerity to ask for treatment. 

If you're missing Euphoria, here’s what to watch next

Clockwise: Yellowjackets (Sky), Euphoria (Sky), Gossip Girl (BBC), The End of the F***ing World  (Channel 4)

Created and written by Sam Levinson, the dark drama starring Zendaya has caused a stir due to the graphic scenes that depict the nature of addiction, mental health, toxic masculinity, sex, trauma and social media with raw honesty.

If you're looking for your next binge, here are the teen dramas that will be your next obsession. 

 

New trailer released for third and final series of Derry Girls

Set in early 1990s Belfast, the Channel 4 series follows teenagers Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), Orla (Louisa Harland), Clare (Nicola Coughlan), Michelle (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell), and James (Dylan Llewellyn) as they navigate teenage life at a Catholic girls' school, against the backdrop of the end of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. 

After the series two finale saw James' emotional decision to stay in Derry as a true '"Derry girl", the new trailer shows the whole gang back together in their usual mishaps as their final school year comes to a close.

RTS RoI find out what went into the making of RTÉ Does Comic Relief

An RTS Republic of Ireland event in late October looked at how the June fundraiser brought stars, including Normal People‘s Marianne and Connell and Fleabag‘s Hot Priest, to the small screen.

RTÉ entertainment producers Clare and Michael Hughes (they are not related) were given just six weeks to get the show ready for transmission on 26 June.

Ian Katz shares his recipe for Channel 4's success

Crazy Delicious (credit: Channel 4)

Like every broadcaster, Channel 4 is feeling the heat from the streaming giants. But, at an RTS early-evening event, the network’s director of programmes stated that, despite their bigger budgets, he can offer producers the personal touch that Netflix et al lack.

Ian Katz said: “If you ask drama producers what is it like dealing with the streamers, they tend to say two things. On the plus side, you get quick answers and big budgets; on the negative side, they swallow up all your rights and you have a five-minute window.…

Ear Candy: RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

Alan Carr, Michelle Visage, RuPaul and Graham Norton (Credit: BBC/World of Wonder/Guy Levy)

Start your engines! RuPaul’s Drag Race has finally made its way across the pond for a UK makeover – and a weekly podcast from BBC Sounds for even more content about the nation’s favourite drag queens.

After 11 series of the popular US drag competition, diehard fans rejoiced when it was announced that RuPaul’s Drag Race would be heading to BBC Three for the first UK series.