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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.

Sky Arts' Portrait Artist of the Year turns 10

Over the past decade Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year has emerged as one of the channel’s flagship shows – and one in which skill triumphs over exhibitionism. As Sky Arts’ supremo, Phil Edgar-Jones, said: “The show is not all about loud, mad characters but people doing something well.”

He was speaking at an RTS London event, “Portrait Artist of the Year at 10”, where he was joined by members of the production team at independent producer Storyvault Films, and which was chaired by the company’s founder Stuart Prebble, also an executive producer on the show.

Sky Arts announces new live drama Galwad: A Story From Our Future

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The story will unfold in real-time on digital and broadcast platforms, blending live performance with TV drama to create a new form of storytelling. 

Filmed and set in Wales, the series asks the question: what would happen if the future tried to contact us?

Galwad: A Story From Our Future tells the story of Efa (Aisha-May Hunte), a 16-year-old from Swansea who finds her life turned upside down when her 46-year-old mind from 2052 infiltrates her 16-year-old body.

Exploring the relationship between Television and the Arts

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Sky Arts went free-to-air while Channel 4 scored a zeitgeist hit with Grayson Perry’s Art Club and the BBC gave us Culture in Quarantine. 

But are we living through a Golden Age of Arts on TV? That was the question posed by an enthralling RTS discussion chaired by Tim Marlow, CEO and director of the Design Museum, and featuring arts commissioners from the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky Arts, and the co-founder and CEO of Marquee TV, the performance arts streaming service.  

Irvine Welsh on Crime: his new police drama blurring the thin blue line

Set in Miami, the novel follows the hardened but fragile Detective Ray Lennox as he flees to the city to take his mind off a harrowing child rape-murder case back in Edinburgh. It was proving too costly a prospect for producers, says Welsh, until he took the case itself and drew out the six-part series from there.

The author is no stranger to screens having had success in cinema with four adaptations of his novels, including the box office smash and decade-defining Trainspotting (1996). Although, he admits, “you can get a bit comfortable and keep trying to replicate it.”

Sky Arts launches new series Anyone Can Sing

Together they will transform the voices of six of the UK and Ireland’s worst singers.

Over three months, the ENO’s world class vocal coaches will teach them everything from vocal technique to stage presence and set them various challenges.

Along the way a few famous faces will lend a helping hand.

Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment, said: If I were to sing to you you’d be covering your ears, running for the hills, begging me to PLEASE STOP.

Sky Arts extends partnership with National Theatre Live and acquires Jane Eyre and Twelfth Night productions

As part of the partnership, two of the theatre’s hit productions, Jane Eyre and Twelfth Night, will be broadcast on Sky Arts later this year; the first NT Live titles to ever be televised.

Jane Eyre, an NT co-production with Bristol Old Vic directed by Sally Cookson, received rave reviews for its portrayal of the pioneering heroine, played by Madeleine Worrall, and her struggle for freedom.

Sky Arts announces slate of new programmes for free to air launch

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With an ambitious programme of activity aimed at supporting the arts through a vital time in the cultural sector, Sky Arts will focus on bringing the arts to more people.


Ashley Walters directs this East London set short film written by newcomer Jerome Holder. Two best friends embark on a journey that will shape the men they will become when they fulfil a promise made to one’s older brother.

Phil Edgar-Jones on what we can expect from Sky Arts' debut as a free service

For many of us, starved of enjoying a real performance in a theatre or a concert hall these past months, watching Sky Arts in lockdown was a revelation. Most of us knew about its flagship shows Urban Myths and Portrait Artist of the Year. We were less familiar with the service’s sheer eclecticism, which encompasses everything from ballet to the blues and Bono.