RTS awards

BBC drama awarded at RTS East Television Awards 2024

Timothy Spall stands in front of bookshelves, wearing glasses and looking pensive

BBC factual drama The Sixth Commandment won two awards at the RTS East Television Awards 2024, which were hosted by BBC Look East presenter Mousumi Bakshi at Gonville & Caius College, University of Cam- bridge, at the end of June.

The four-part series – written by Sarah Phelps and starring Timothy Spall, Anne Reid and Éanna Hardwicke – explored the shocking deaths of Peter Farquhar and Ann Moore-Martin. It won the Scripted prize and also Craft – Cinematographer for Rik Zang.

Long-running soap Pobol Y Cwm honoured at RTS Cymru Wales Awards 2024

Pobol Y Cwm, which celebrates a half-century on air this October, was honoured at the RTS Cymru Wales Awards last month.

The soap, which is set in the fictional Welsh-speaking village of Cwmderi, was recognised by the RTS with a Lifetime Achievement award, as were Lis Miles, who plays Megan Harries and appeared in the first episode in 1974, and long-serving director/producer Robin Davies-Rollinson.

Pobol Y Cwm, which airs on S4C three times a week, is filmed at the BBC’s drama studios in Cardiff Bay.

The Dumping Ground takes home two in RTS North East Programme Awards

Long-running CBBC drama The Dumping Ground won the prestigious Centre Award for its contribution to jobs and opportunities in the region’s screen sector at the RTS North East and the Border Awards in late February.

The children’s show, which made its debut in 2013 and is made by BBC Studios Kids & Family, is set in a care home and has been filmed across the North East. The series is a continuation of the CBBC drama Tracy Beaker Returns, which was based on the novels of Jacqueline Wilson.

Stacey Solomon on turning decluttering into a day job with Sort Your Life Out

Now, one studio album, one Queen of the Jungle crown, several presenting gigs and a decade and a half later, it is her tidying talents which have led to her dream show - Sort Your Life Out.

Solomon’s love for organisation derives from a need for it - becoming a mother at 17 meant it was a necessity: “as soon as I had Zach, I was like, I've got to get my shit together. Because I'm living on a fish and chip shop wage, with working tax credits. 

Entries open for RTS Programme Awards and RTS Television Journalism Awards

Awards are made across 30 competitive categories. This year, the Soap and Continuing Drama category has been broadened to admit any drama series with at least 20 episodes.

Kenton Allen, Chair of the RTS Programme Awards, said: “This year is proving to be another year of outstanding creativity, and we have seen – and I am sure will continue to see – genre-defining, high-quality television hit our screens.

“The juries once again are likely to have some tough decisions to make.”

James Martin honoured at RTS Northern Ireland Television Awards

The black comedy about two estranged brothers was shot in Northern Ireland.

Martin, the first leading man with Down’s syndrome to appear in an Oscar-winning film, said: “It’s absolutely wonderful to receive this recognition in my home town. I hope my success encourages more young people like me to follow their dreams as I did.”

In March, Martin took home the Outstanding Newcomer prize at the RTS Republic of Ireland Awards.