The RTS London Student Awards was hosted by the event sponsor Channel 4 and was presented by BBC Radio 1’s The Gaming Show Julia Hardy.
Eleven teams faced five tough rounds of questions, including a music segment in which the host covered theme tunes from hit shows such as Friends, Mock the Week and Absolutely Fabulous.
“Shame of Thrones” bagged the prize for best team name but “Free Bag” secured first place in the quiz, which included teams from BBC Studios and the Film & Television Charity.
“It was great to see such a great turn out for our second RTS London Quiz and we were pleased to see a great time being had by all,” said RTS London Chair Dan Cherowbrier.
Timewasters has charmed critics and attracted healthy audiences with its mix of jazz, time travel and good jokes. Notably, it also has an all-black leading cast but, according to its creator, Daniel Lawrence Taylor, it is, “first and foremost”, a comedy.
“The standard of entries for 2019 was very high – several jurors said that you could ‘broadcast that tomorrow’ about many of the films we watched,” said Aradhna Tayal, the Chair of the awards.
“Many seized the opportunity to use their work as a means of challenging and addressing real-life, taboo topics,” she added. “The jurors were in agreement that the entries this year demonstrated the ways in which art can be both important and meaningful.”
Digital producer Muki Kulhan chaired the event, which featured three managing directors: Ken Blakeslee (WebMobility); Mark Harrison, (the Digital Production Partnership) and Nigel Walley (media consultancy Decipher).
Blakeslee discussed products featured in his online review of the show, whatcaughtmyeye.com. “I’ve chosen enabling technology that offers consumers new ways of doing things,” he said, pointing to the number of companies mixing established technologies and assembling new tech for different sectors.
Jon Brennan, Google’s regional manager for broadcast, entertainment and media partnerships, said that television “is still central” to people’s lives. He claimed that although TV consumption had declined by 3% over the past six years, if online viewing was included, consumption of video has, in fact, risen by 25%.
Harper worked as a floor assistant on the BBC One sci-fi classic in the 1960s – before moving on to directing episodes in the 1980s and again in the noughties after Russell T Davies regenerated the Doctor.
Harper started young in show business. At nine, he went to the Italia Conti stage school on Saturday mornings for elocution lessons. He liked it so much that he pleaded with his parents to send him to the school, but the fees were a problem. The solution was for the young Harper to take on acting roles to pay his way.