Frank Skinner Given Top Honour and ITV News Central Wins Big at the Royal Television Society Midlands Awards 2018 | The Fan Carpet

Frank Skinner Given Top Honour and ITV News Central Wins Big at the Royal Television Society Midlands Awards 2018


21 November 2018

West Bromwich born comedian and presenter Frank Skinner was given the Baird Medal in recognition of his contribution to television at tonight’s (20 November 2018) RTS Midlands Awards 2018.

ITV News Central also scooped three awards - Digital Creativity; News Programme of the Year; and Journalist of the Year for Balvinder Sidhu, while BBC Birmingham picked up three gongs for “How the NHS Changed Our World: The Birmingham Children’s Hospital” (Single Doc/Doc Feature), Richie Anderson’s “Coming Out” (Short Form) and Laura Rollins for “Doctors” (Acting Performance – Female).

Affixxius Films won both Craft awards, “Rugby School” for Post Production, and “All is Not Lost” for Production.

West Bromwich born comedian and presenter Frank Skinner was given the Baird Medal in recognition of his contribution to television at tonight’s (20 November 2018) RTS Midlands Awards 2018.

There were huge celebrations for Coventry’s Guz Khan too as he claimed three trophies for his hit BBC Three comedy series, “Man Like Mobeen”. Khan won Acting Performance (Male); Outstanding New Talent; and Writer, with his co-writer Andy Milligan.

The glittering awards ceremony at Birmingham Town Hall, celebrated the television and broadcasting industry across the region and was hosted by popular radio and television presenter Trish Adudu.

ITV News Central also scooped three awards - Digital Creativity; News Programme of the Year; and Journalist of the Year for Balvinder Sidhu, while BBC Birmingham picked up three gongs for “How the NHS Changed Our World: The Birmingham Children’s Hospital” (Single Doc/Doc Feature), Richie Anderson’s “Coming Out” (Short Form) and Laura Rollins for “Doctors” (Acting Performance – Female).

Affixxius Films won both Craft awards, “Rugby School” for Post Production, and “All is Not Lost” for Production.

Caren Davies, Chair, RTS Midlands says “The range of programming being made in the Midlands is outstanding and tonight’s nominees and winners showed the region at its best. The Midlands television industry was out in force alongside a host of stars gracing the red carpet, so it really was a night to remember.”

Other winners at the event which was attended by over 300 guests, included: BBC Two’s one-off drama The Boy with the Topknot (Drama); BBC Inside Out East Midlands (Current Affairs Programme of the Year); North One’s Travel Man: 48 hours in...Hong Kong (Factual Entertainment/Popular Factual Entertainment series); Mark Williams (On Screen Personality for Civilisations Stories); BBC Two’s Hospital (Specialist Factual); and Jamie Johnson (Children’s).

The RTS Midlands Awards were supported by the University of Worcester; Film Birmingham; BBC Midlands; Creative England and Channel 4.

The full list of winners and nominations are as follows:

Acting Performance – Female
WINNER - Laura Rollins – Doctors, BBC Studios
Deepti Naval – The Boy with the Top Knot, Kudos in Association with Parti Productions
Elisabeth Dermot Walsh – Doctors, BBC Studios
Dúaa Karim - Man Like Mobeen, Cave Bear and Tiger Aspect Productions
Jo Joyner - Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators, BBC Studios

Acting Performance – Male
Sacha Dhawan – The Boy with the Top Knot, Kudos in Association with Parti Productions
WINNER - Guz Khan - Man Like Mobeen, Cave Bear and Tiger Aspect Productions
Chris Walker – Doctors, BBC Studios

Children’s
Do You Know? - 7Wonder
My Daddy's Stinky Dancing Pants - Yamination Studios
Nico Nog / Chico Chugg (series 2) - Chugg Productions
WINNER - Jamie Johnson Series 3 - Short Form Film
Twirlywoos - More About Cleaning - Ragdoll Productions

Craft – Post Production
Michael McIntyre's Big Show - Paul Farrer
WINNER - Rugby School - Affixxius Films
The Ashes Promo – Bottletop
ITV Graphics Hub - ITV Nations and Regions News
Travel Man: 48 hours in... Hong Kong - North One Television

Craft – Production
Steve Baker - Indigo Blue Media
WINNER - All is Not Lost - Affixxius Film
Commonwealth Games Handover Ceremony 2018 - Progress
Man Like Mobeen - Cave Bear and Tiger Aspect Productions
Travel Man: 48 hours in...Valencia - North One Television

Current Affairs Programme of the Year
The Butcher's Surgeon: A Scandal Uncovered - Shiver
Inside Out West Midlands - BBC
Ey Up Notts - Notts TV
BBC Inside Out East Midlands : “Boots: Pharmacists under pressure?” - BBC
WINNER - BBC Inside Out East Midlands - BBC

Digital Creativity
WINNER - Digital Creativity - ITV News Central
Chris Waring - BBC Online - East Midlands
Post Match Extra - RamsTV

Factual Entertainment/Popular Factual series
WINNER - Travel Man: 48 hours in... Hong Kong - North One Television
Back to the Land with Kate Humble - 7Wonder
Speed with Guy Martin F1 Challenge North - One Television
RamsTV Meets - RamsTV
The Gadget Show Wild Challenge Special - North One Television

Journalist of the Year
Stacey Foster - ITV News Central
Navtej Johal - BBC East Midlands Today
WINNER - Balvinder Sidhu - ITV News Central
Jonathan Gibson - BBC
Victoria Hicks - BBC East Midlands Today

News Programme of the Year
Cyrille Regis Funeral OB - BBC Midlands Today
Leicester shop explosion - ITV News Central
BBC East Midlands Today - BBC
WINNER - Glenfield children's heart unit reprieve - ITV News Central
Sports Week - Notts TV
Cyrille Regis memorial service - ITV News Central

On Screen Personality
Jonathan Gibson - BBC West Midlands
Des Coleman - ITV News Central
WINNER - Mark Williams for Civilisations Stories - Zebra Digital
Sameena Ali-Khan - ITV News Central
Natalie Jackson - BBC East Midlands Today

Outstanding New Talent
Awo Tarabi - ITV News Central
WINNER - Guz Khan - Man Like Mobeen - Cave Bear and Tiger Aspect Productions
Nisha Chopra Inside Out - BBC East Midlands
Richie Anderson - BBC Birmingham
Natalie Cutler - EntreprenHER Productions

Short Form
There Was A Boy - ReelTwentyFive
All is Not Lost - Affixxius Films
Warning Signs - Spark Media
WINNER - Richie Anderson's Coming Out - BBC Birmingham
Rise - Luke McGibney

Single Documentary/Documentary Feature
WINNER - How the NHS changed our world - The Birmingham Children's Hospital - BBC Birmingham
Guy Martin’s World War 1 Tank - North One TV
BBC Inside Out East Midlands: “Boots: Pharmacists under pressure?” - BBC
Married To The Game - HER Film/EntreprenHER Productions
Prisons Uncovered: Out of Control? - Clover Films

Single Television Drama or Drama Series
Father Brown - BBC Studios
Doctors - BBC Studios
WINNER - The Boy with the Topknot. - Kudos in association with Parti Productions.
Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators - BBC Studios

Specialist Factual Content/Series/Programme
Civilisations Stories: Innovation and Inspiration in Birmingham - Zebra Digital
Fighting For Air - Amazing Productions
WINNER - Hospital - Label1 Television Limited
Civilisations Stories The Art of Mining - Whitehouse Media
Guy Martin vs the Robot Car - North One TV

Writer
Doctors: Rumspringa - Claire Bennett
WINNER - Guz Khan & Andy Milligan - Man Like Mobeen - Cave Bear and Tiger Aspect Productions
Jude Tindall and Paul Matthew Thompson - Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators - BBC Studios
Neil Forsyth
Kit Lambert - Father Brown: The Two Deaths of Hercule Flambeau - BBC Studios

Follow RTS Midlands on Twitter: @rts_mids and on Facebook: @RTSMidsCentre

Guests who attended the red carpet event included: Frank Skinner; Adrian Chiles; Adil Ray OBE; Jo Joyner; the cast of BBC One’s Doctors and Shakespeare & Hathaway; Craig Charles; Dr Hilary Jones; Julie Etchingham; Sacha Dhawan; Ortis Deley; Georgie Bennet; Jon Bentley; Tim Warwood; Des Coleman; Steve Clamp; Mary Rhodes; Ayo Akinwolere and Richie Anderson.

Birmingham Conservatoire’s The Artume Group performed at the drinks reception.

The RTS Midlands Awards had 45 judges this year - many with Midlands links and a mix of senior broadcasting figures, producers, writers and talent from some of the country's biggest shows.

About The Royal Television Society
From glamorous award ceremonies to lively debates, the RTS embraces all aspects of television, and is open to anyone with an interest in the medium.

As an educational charity, we encourage and celebrate work in television and its related fields, from finding out how the nation’s favourite shows are made in our Anatomy of a Hit series, to celebrating burgeoning talent at our annual Student Awards.

The industry’s most talented individuals give us an insight into the work that goes into making cutting edge contemporary TV. From Government ministers and CEOs to workshops with great runners, our events look at every part of the business.

Our annual Television Journalism, Programme, Craft and Design and Student Awards, celebrate achievements across the broadcasting industry.

Education is key to what the RTS does. Each year, we offer Television Production and Technology bursaries to help those from less affluent backgrounds get a foothold in the industry and Masterclass sessions bring together students, academics and industry heads.

RTS Futures, which is aimed at those in their first two years of employment, organises an exciting roster of discussion, training and social occasions. Recent events have included workshops on learning to format shows and how to survive as a freelancer, and expert panels explaining how to be the best researcher and how to make it on-screen.

Each year global television leaders gather to discuss what the future holds for television at our London Conference or the RTS Cambridge Convention.

Alongside our engaged community of over 4,500 full members, the Society is supported by Britain and the world's biggest broadcasters, producers and consultants, including Principle Patrons BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Sky.

Originally founded as the Television Society in 1927, the Society was granted its Royal title in 1966 and HRH The Prince of Wales became Patron of the RTS in 1997.

Today, 14 regional and national groups curate lively events and awards around the UK and Ireland, from Glasgow to Galway.

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