Our Friend in Leeds: Helen Scott prepares for Channel 4's arrival

Leeds (Credit: Channel 4)

The announcement that Channel 4 will be coming to Leeds literally lit up the city. Social media went mad. Leeds City Region’s #4Sparks campaign had prevailed, and Leeds University floodlit its iconic Parkinson Building in celebration.

Friends and neighbours with no connection to the media were talking about it as a good thing. A new wave of prosperity, jobs and creative pride was on the way.

Moreover, we had been the underdog and beaten off the challenge from the two Andies (mayors Andy Street, heading the Birmingham bid, and Andy Burnham, in Manchester).

Ackley Bridge dominates RTS Yorkshire Programme Awards

The Ackley Bridge Team pose with their award (Credit: Paul Harness Photography)

The popular secondary school-set series, which is made by the Forge, scooped four top prizes, including the prestigious Drama award. Poppy Lee Friar, who plays feisty Missy Booth, was named Best Actor; Penny Woolcock took home the Director Fiction prize; and Tim Phillips won the Music award.

More than 350 guests attended the ceremony at the Queens Hotel in Leeds, which was hosted by Ellie and Izzi Warner, two of the stars of Channel 4 show Gogglebox.

RTS Yorkshire commemorates creation of the RTS

On 7 September 1927, John Logie Baird demonstrated his “noctovision” to a room full of enthusiasts at Leeds University. Baird referred to the technology as “seeing by electricity”.

At the close of the meeting, the formation of the society was proposed. Then known as the British Association, many of the founder members were from Leeds and Yorkshire.

Emmerdale and Victoria win at the RTS Yorkshire Awards 2017

Middleton, who has played Ashley Thomas in the ITV soap for the past two decades, was named Best Actor. The judges commended the actor for his “heart-breaking, powerful and dignified performance” in the wake of his character’s diagnosis with vascular dementia.

The actor received one of two RTS Yorkshire Outstanding Contribution Awards awarded on the night. Emmerdale also won a second award, with Maxine Alderton taking home the prize in the Best Writer category.

Yorkshire Student Awards winners announced

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Edd Benson from Sheffield Hallam University scooped the Animation award with Out on a Limb, which the jury praised as a “timely and thought-provoking piece”.

Fellow Sheffield Hallam University students – Amy Parker, Kirean Boughan, Lauren Griggs, Beth Elston and Chris Kelly – picked up the award in the Comedy and Entertainment category for Tug of War, which the jury commended for its “clear set up, middle and pay off – all in the right order”.

Purple Thunder Productions from York St John University won the Drama award with Eden, “an ambitious film with a real human story”.

Meet the nominees: BBC Look North's Harry Gration

“I love this business” beams Harry Gration. “I’ve been to nine Olympic Games. I’ve been all around the world to cover BBC Sport.”

Gration is one of the old campaigners, with almost 40 years of broadcasting under his belt.

“I never really envisaged that I’d end up presenting a television programme as I do every night. It happened as a dream and it has turned into a reality.”

The RTS award win is Gration’s second in the category, having won first in 2015. “It’s beyond expectation to be honest. You tend to get these once in a lifetime.”

Margaret Emsley: 'Our programmes must fully reflect the community that we serve.'

Having cut her teeth as a print news journalist, Margaret Emsley has spent the last 18 years at ITV Yorkshire working on the Calendar regional news programme in Leeds. Starting out as a bulletin writer, she worked her way up the ranks and today oversees the entire production of the daily news show. 

An Evening with The Chuckle Brothers

Born in Rotherham Barry and Paul Elliot have been better known as the Chuckle Brothers since they won Opportunity Knocks in 1967. Over the intervening fifty years they have carved out a unique television niche. Their beloved children's show, Chucklevision, ran for over twenty years on CBBC. They've made dozens of guest appearances on other shows from 3-2-1 to Comic Relief. Recently they've been elevated to cult status after their famous catchphrase "from me, to you" was sampled by the rapper Tinchy Strider. And they appear in Leeds hotfoot from their triumphant appearance at Bestival.

BBC announces slow TV Yorkshire special

This special follows a number of other successful slow TV programmes on the channel including All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride and Slow Week.

All Aboard! The Country Bus will take viewers on a peaceful and idyllic ride along one of the most spectacularly scenic bus routes in Britain.

Filmed in real time, the camera capture the road ahead and passing scenery, as well as the occasional chatter from the regular riders.