“The Detectives,” “Going Clear” vie for RTS Awards

BBC2 docuseries The Detectives and Sky Atlantic documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (pictured) are among the non-fiction nominees contending for the Royal Television Society's RTS Programme Awards.
March 3, 2016

BBC2 docuseries The Detectives and Sky Atlantic’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (pictured) are among the non-fiction nominees contending for the Royal Television Society’s RTS Programme Awards.

The annual awards ceremony – presented by the British television forum – honors all genres of TV programming, as well as actors, presenters, writers and production teams. The current batch of nominations is for work produced between 2014 and 2015.

This year’s single documentary nominees include Jigsaw Productions’ Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (Sky Atlantic), True Vision’s My Son The Jihadi (Channel 4) and Assassin Film’s Storyville: India’s Daughter (BBC4).

Contenders in the docuseries category, meanwhile, include Sundog Pictures’ Reggie Yates’ Extreme Russia (BBC3), Minnow Films’ The Detectives (BBC2), and Keo Films’ The Romanians Are Coming (Channel 4).

Elsewhere, Open Mike Productions’ The Last Leg (Channel 4) will vie for entertainment program honors against So Television’s The Graham Norton Show (BBC1) and Gogglebox Entertainment’s Release the Hounds (ITV2).

The event has “substantially changed the make-up” of this year’s judging chairs and juries to better represent Britain and its television audience, said Alex Mahon, RTS Programme Awards chair and CEO of The Foundry, in a statement.

“This year, of the 200 or so jurors, we moved to 52% female and 27% BAME [Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic],” she continued. “Talking to the chairs, it was clear that the tone of the conversations in the jury rooms changed for the better too. Making this change was relatively simple because the high quality talent we need was easy to find and in plentiful supply.”

RTS Programme Award winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on March 22.

A complete list of non-fiction nominees follows below:

Single Documentary
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief Jigsaw Productions for Sky Atlantic
My Son The Jihadi True Vision Productions for Channel 4
Storyville: India’s Daughter  Assassin Films for BBC4

Documentary Series
Reggie Yates’ Extreme Russia Sundog Pictures for BBC3
The Detectives Minnow Films for BBC2
The Romanians Are Coming Keo Films for Channel 4

Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners  BBC History Production for BBC2
Dagrau o Waed: Rhyfel Corea Awen Media/JTV for S4C
Holocaust: Night Will Fall  Spring Films for Channel 4

Popular, Factual and Features
DIY SOS: Homes For Veterans BBC Features Production for BBC1
First Dates  Twenty Twenty for Channel 4
SAS: Who Dares Wins Minnow Films for Channel 4

Science and Natural History
Big Blue Live BBC Natural History Production for BBC1
Japan: Earth’s Enchanted Islands BBC Natural History Production for BBC2
Oak Tree: Nature’s Greatest Survivor  Furnace TV for BBC4

David Olusoga, Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners  BBC History Production for BBC2
Grayson Perry, Grayson Perry’s Dream House Swan Films for Channel 4
Reggie Yates, Reggie Yates’ Extreme Russia Sundog Pictures for BBC3

Release the Hounds Gogglebox Entertainment for ITV2
The Graham Norton Show So Television for BBC1
The Last Leg Open Mike Productions for Channel 4

Entertainment Performance
Adam Hills, The Last Leg Open Mike Productions for Channel 4
Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!/ Britain’s Got Talent/Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway ITV Studios/Thames and Syco/ITV Studios and Mitre Television for ITV
Jack Whitehall, A League Of Their Own CPL Productions for Sky 1

Live Event
Alternative General Election with Jeremy Paxman  Zeppotron/ITN for Channel 4
BRIT Awards 2015 BRITs TV for ITV
VE Day 70: The Nation Remembers BBC Events Production for BBC1

With files from Manori Ravindran

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.