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“Planet Earth II,” “Rio Ferdinand” among RTS winners

Planet Earth II, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad and presenter Anita Rani were among the non-fiction winners at the 2018 Royal Television Society’s (RTS) Programme Awards. The awards, which honor achievements ...
March 21, 2018

Planet Earth IIRio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad and presenter Anita Rani were among the non-fiction winners at the 2018 Royal Television Society’s (RTS) Programme Awards.

The awards, which honor achievements in British television across all television genres – including factual, documentary, and science and natural history – were handed out during a ceremony in London on Tuesday night (March 20).

This year’s top winner was the BBC, having scooped up 17 awards for its programs and talent. The British pubcaster was also feted with the RTS Channel of the Year award for BBC1, with the awards committee stating that the channel continues to commission “wide ranging, challenging programs that still push at the boundaries, and with an astonishing mix of quality.”

Among this year’s RTS awards recipients are BBC1′s Planet Earth II (pictured; A BBC Studios/ Natural History Unit production with BBC America, ZDF, Tencent and France Television), which took home the award for Science & Natural History; and Kismet Films and BBC2′s Paula Rego: Secrets and Stories, honored with the Arts award.

The Beeb also took home the Documentary Series prize for BBC2′s Hospital from Label 1; and picked up the Single Documentary award for BBC1′s Rio Ferdinand Being Mum and Dad from Only The Best Productions.

Channel 4, meanwhile, followed its 2017 success with a consecutive win for Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe (The Last Leg, Open Mike Productions) in the Entertainment Performance category, while the Entertainment program award went to ITV Studios and Motion Content Group’s Love Island for ITV.

Other winners on the night included Love Productions and BBC2′s Muslims like Us for Formatted Popular Factual, 72 Films’ Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents which secured the History award, and the BBC Studios-made World War One Remembered: Passchendaele – For The Fallen which received the Live Event award – both produced for BBC2.

Anita Rani was celebrated in the Presenter category for Wall to Wall Media and the BBC’s My Family, Partition and Me: India 1947.

The non-fiction winners are listed below. For the complete list of winners, visit the RTS website.

Arts
Paula Rego: Secrets and StoriesKismet Films for BBC2
“An exceptional piece of film making, brilliantly evoking the dramatic sweep of the artist’s life.” 

Documentary Series
HospitalLabel 1 for BBC2
“Wide ranging, challenging programs with difficult subjects handled confidently, and a series able to prompt national discussion.”

Entertainment
Love IslandITV Studios/Motion Content Group for ITV2
“This series…has evolved into a uniquely contemporary watch – it makes its own rules and is a compelling and spellbinding viewing”.

Entertainment Performance
Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe – The Last LegOpen Mike Productions for Channel 4
“The genuine warmth, imagination and sense of fun just shines through.”

Formatted Popular Factual
Muslims like UsLove Productions for BBC2
“The winning program was innovative, nuanced, and exceptional in its breadth of casting.”

History
Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents72 Films for BBC2
“A visually rich piece which told new stories in an arresting style.” 

Live Event
World War One Remembered: Passchendaele – For The FallenBBC Studios for BBC2
“A remarkable event beautifully executed, telling THE story as well as lots of others in an innovative and accessible way.”

Presenter
Anita Rani - My Family, Partition and Me: India 1947, Wall to Wall Media for BBC1
“This broadcaster told a personal story with an approach that was both authoritative and deeply emotional”.

RTS Channel Of The Year
BBC1
“Commissions wide ranging, challenging programs that still push at the boundaries, and with an astonishing mix of quality.”

Science & Natural History
Planet Earth II, BBC Studios/ The Natural History Unit production with BBC America, ZDF, Tencent and France Television for BBC1
“Two words sum it up…simply phenomenal”.

Single Documentary
Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and DadOnly The Best Productions for BBC1
“A profoundly brave personal journey told with incredible emotional honesty.” 

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