The Royal Television Society handed out its 2010 RTS Programme Awards last night to The X Factor, Welcome to Lagos and more.
The entertainment winner was talkbackTHAMES and Syco TV Production’s The X Factor for ITV1, which was described as “a brilliant, genre-defining piece of television” by the judges.
In the arts category, the winner was Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art, a Lone Star/National Theatre Production in association with Arts Council England and More4.
History award winner The Secret Life of the National Grid (BBC Productions for BBC Four) won because of its take on a potentially niche subject, while science & natural history winner Wonders of the Solar System (BBC/Science Channel coproduction for BBC Two) was lauded for its “incredible facts” and being a “barrel load of fun.” Wonders presenter Professor Brian Cox also won the award for his role.
Between Life and Death (BBC Productions/BBC Wales for BBC One) was named the single documentary winner, and the judges saying it was both “powerful” and “sensitively filmed,” while documentary series Welcome to Lagos (KEO North for BBC Two) was “a mind-blowing series that changed the way you see the world.”
The features and lifestyle series winner was Pulse Films for Sky1Hd’s Pineapple Dance Studios, the fly on the wall series focusing on the famous Covent Garden dance studio.
The international award winner was the Louis Psihoyos-directed The Cove, which aired on More4 in the UK. The judges called the film “a brilliantly executed piece of investigative journalism, campaigning and documentary film-making.”
Lastly, Peter Bennett-Jones was named the lifetime achievement award winner for founding and eventually chairing what would be Tiger Aspect Productions, formerly Tiger Productions. The company is credited for Mr Bean and Fawlty Towers, but also factual fare such as recent productions including Sky1′s Ross Kemp on Gangs and Channel 5′s Britain’s Best Brain. Bennett-Jones was also integral to the beginnings of Comic Relief, which has raised millions for UK and African charities.
“Everything this man has achieved he has done so with integrity and honesty – he has garnered the respect of colleagues, clients, and broadcasters, all of whom turn to him for advice, good counsel and lunch. No one is more deserving of this award,” said the judges.