Series producer James Knight explained how the four-part Yorkshire Firefighters was developed and filmed at the latest RTS Yorkshire Talks, shortly before it began its run on BBC Two in late July.
With Wise Owl film crews embedded within the fire service watches, Yorkshire Firefighters offers an in depth exploration of the critical work of this service. But it’s more than that – this is about the people behind the visors, the diverse range of characters in each watch who are like a family to each other as they fight fires, support other emergency services, and provide vital community support.
All filmed during covid, Series Producer, James Knight explains the practicalities involved in the making of this enthralling series.
ITV Yorkshire presenters Christine Talbot and Duncan Wood hosted the online ceremony from the ITV News Calendar studio.
Scripted winner Future For Our Children, made by a team of Sheffield Hallam University students, is set in a refugee camp for Syrian children. The judges praised the film for its “extraordinary naturalism”, which was backed up by “technical excellence and incredible performances”.
“In conversation” with RTS Yorkshire Chair Fiona Thompson in February, ITV Content Delivery’s James Macmillan recalled: “We were totally blown away… It’s been a very tough year for everyone, but I can’t think of a better way of ending 2020 than by winning the award.”
The Leeds-based business development manager explained how the Carry On movie was restored to its original condition.
The winners of the RTS Yorkshire Student awards 2021 have been announced and the winners in both the Scripted and Non-scripted categories will be considered for the National Student awards – we wish them well. In addition the judges awarded a bumper crop of nine craft wards, reflecting the high standards of talent across the submissions for this year’s awards.
No-one could have expected that a 1966 film would win a 2020 RTS Yorkshire Centre Award for post-production excellence. But that's exactly what happened when a restored version of Carry On Up the Khyber caught the attention of judges.
An RTS Yorkshire event looks at Yorkshire's rich history of producing outstanding television content for regional, national and international audiences. The panel debates how important is it that both the legacy collections and new digital content are archived: that the material is protected and preserved, and made accessible for future generations, and whose responsibility is it and are the skills and training in place to make it happen.
“Being able to access that kind of thing is absolutely amazing,” said Mark Witty, a producer at ITV regional news show Calendar, who was talking at an RTS event on the importance of TV archives in early February.
The creator of the hit BBC period drama received the Outstanding Contribution award. Wainwright, who also wrote Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax, said: “It’s very nice that the award has come on the back of Gentleman Jack, which I’ve been working on for over 20 years. It’s the project that’s always been most close to my heart.”
Production has begun on series 3 of the programme, in which fashion expert Gok Wan helps brides find their dream wedding dress. “We’ve got all sorts of [safety] protocols in place,” said Jo Haddock, development executive at programme-makers True North. “We’re hoping to make 10 episodes leading up to Christmas.”