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“Exodus,” “Murder of Sadie Hartley” among RTS winners

Exodus: Our Journey to Europe, The Murder of Sadie Hartley and presenter Grayson Perry were among the non-fiction winners at the 2017 Royal Television Society’s (RTS) Programme Awards. The awards, which honor achievements ...
March 22, 2017

Exodus: Our Journey to Europe, The Murder of Sadie Hartley and presenter Grayson Perry were among the non-fiction winners at the 2017 Royal Television Society’s (RTS) Programme Awards.

The awards, which honor achievements in British television across all genres, including factual, documentary, daytime and science and natural history, were handed out during a ceremony in London on Monday night (March 21).

Among this year’s RTS awards recipients are Keo Films and BBC2′s Exodus: Our Journey to Europe (pictured), which took home the award for documentary series; Raw Cut TV and ITV’s The Murder of Sadie Hartley, which picked up the single documentary award; and Grayson Perry, who won best presenter for Swan Films and Channel 4′s Grayson Perry All Man. Swan Films and C4 also took home the arts award for Grayson Perry All Man.

Channel 4′s exploration series First Contact: Lost Tribe of the Amazon from Ronachan Films and Pacha Films claimed top honors for science and natural history; Shiver Cymru’s The Aberfan Young Wives’ Club for ITV was the winner in the history category; and Optomen’s BBC2 series Employable Me topped the popular factual and features program.

RTS Channel of the Year, meanwhile, was awarded to BBC3, with the awards committee stating that the channel was “Individual and daring. Their new slate challenges the perceptions of standard programmes, and the quality bar is set extremely high.”

Finally, the Judges’ Award went to television writer and playwright Sally Wainwright, while the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to BAFTA-winning actor and writer Julie Walters.

For the complete list of winners, visit the RTS website.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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