his dark materials

Jack Thorne, Abi Morgan and Steven Knight among new RTS Fellows

Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show and Succession), Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders and the upcoming Victorian boxing drama A Thousand Blows), Abi Morgan (The Hour and The Split) and Jack Thorne (National Treasure and His Dark Materials) have all been honoured by the RTS.

Welsh programming celebrated at RTS Cymru Wales Awards

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The single drama, written by Helen Black, was inspired by real stories of warehouse workers in Britain and the poor conditions they endure.

The Factual prize was awarded to ITV Cymru Wales documentary Miscarriage: The Hidden Loss, which was presented by ITV Wales at Six and Wales This Week host Andrea Byrne.

The new Sports Documentary prize went to Barn Media’s series for BBC One Wales, Together Stronger, the story of how the Wales football team was transformed from also-rans to tournament regulars.

His Dark Materials: Bad Wolf's flight of fantasy

Fans of His Dark Materials have been going cold turkey since Philip Pullman’s fantasy drama ended its third and apparently final series on BBC One in February. But, according to executive producer Jane Tranter, who was speaking at a sold-out RTS Futures event last month, further helpings could be served up.

Working Lives: Visual effects supervisor

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By trade, he is a VFX supervisor, but is also creative director of television at the visual effects and animation studio Framestore.

What do you do as a VFX supervisor?

I’m responsible for all the visual effects in a show, which comes down to two main things: helping the production get the best creative use of their money on screen; and, during filming, ensuring the correct material is acquired to allow all the brilliant VFX artists to do their job.

When are you brought on board a production?

BBC One releases first trailer for series two of His Dark Materials

Dafne Keen (Credit: BBC)

Based on the fantasy novels by Phillip Pullman, the second series of His Dark Materials introduces viewers to the magical city of Cittàgazze.

Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) has opened a path into a brand-new world and Lyra (Dafne Keen) decides to join him, desperate for a distraction from the overwhelming grief over the death of her best friend.

Once Lyra starts exploring this new abandoned city, she meets Will (Amir Wilson), a boy running from his troubled past and separated from his father.