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Winners announced for RTS Student Television Awards 2016

Anna Senkara (Credit: Richard Kendal)

The awards recognise outstanding work produced by undergraduate and postgraduate students during the 2014/15 academic year.

Comedian Mark Dolan hosted the event which welcomed over 250 students from around the country.

The Student Television Awards 2016 were chaired by Sky Arts Director Phil Edgar-Jones and celebrate the best in student television.

The Undergraduate and Postgraduate Awards are judged in six categories – Animation, Comedy & Entertainment, Drama, Factual, News and Open.

Top writers discuss their craft: “First drafts don’t have to be perfect, they just have to be written"

Reece Shearsmith, Jed Mercurio, Melvyn Bragg (Chair), Heidi Thomas and Steve Pemberton (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Melvyn Bragg was talking at a special live edition of The South Bank Show, featuring four of the UK’s leading TV writers – Jed Mercurio (writer and creator of hit police corruption thriller Line of Duty); Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith (black comedy anthology Inside No. 9); and Heidi Thomas (period drama Call the Midwife) – discussing their craft.

Urban Myths returns for more 'true-ish' tales to Sky Arts

What happens when you give writers with big imaginations a kernel of truth? Sky Arts’ Urban Myths, that’s what – charming, half-hour comedies that dramatise true, or “true-ish”, tales from the worlds of Hollywood, music, arts and literature.

The second series – which features stories ranging from Agatha Christie’s 11-day disappearance to the first meeting of the teenage David Bowie and Marc Bolan, and Johnny Cash duelling with an ostrich – airs this month on the channel and on-­demand. A third installment is in the pipeline.

Phil Edgar-Jones: "We didn't want some Euro-porridge that didn't work."

Just over 10 years ago, Sky took control of the struggling Artsworld channel and subsequently re-branded it Sky Arts. A decade on, it is the home of The South Bank Show and is renowned for its star-studded programmes. These shows have included Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe in A Young Doctor’s Notebook, and Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson in the forthcoming one-off, half-hour comedy drama Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon.

Sky Arts to air pan-Europe photography talent show

Sky, Sky Arts, Isabella Rossellini, photography, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Simon Frederick and Oliviero Toscani

Master of Photography will be an eight-part series which will include photographic challenges across Europe to test the competitors' range of styles and disciplines.

The programme has been created by the new Sky Arts Production Hub, based in Milan, which creates arts shows for viewers across the UK and Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria.