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C4′s “Prison”, BBC1′s “Grenfell” vie for 2019 RTS Programme Awards

Channel 4 docuseries Prison and BBC1 documentary Grenfell are among the non-fiction nominees vying for the 2019 Royal Television Society’s Programme Awards. The annual awards ceremony — presented by the British television ...
March 5, 2019

Channel 4 docuseries Prison and BBC1 documentary Grenfell are among the non-fiction nominees vying for the 2019 Royal Television Society’s Programme Awards.

The annual awards ceremony — presented by the British television forum — honors all genres of TV programming and recognizes actors, presenters, writers and production teams.

The titles competing in the Single Documentary tract include Grenfell (pictured) from Minnow Films for BBC1, offering insight into those directly affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, the most devastating tower block fire in British history; Married to a Paedophile from Brinkworth Films for Channel 4, investigating how families cope when husbands are charged with having child sex images; and Raped: My Story from Lambent Productions for Channel 5, in which 10 people speak publicly about their rape and how the assault has affected them in the years after the attack.

Nominated in the Documentary Series category this year are Top Hat Productions’ Love and Hate Crime for BBC1, which investigates hate crimes committed in the U.S. against those singled out as other; BBC Studios’ Unscripted Productions and The Open University’s Drugsland for BBC3, an obs doc that dives into the world of drugs from the perspective of one city; and Spring Films’ Prison for Channel 4, providing rare insight into prison life and exploring the issues that prison staff and prisoners face.

Elsewhere, the Science and Natural History contenders are BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit’s blue-chip behemoth Blue Planet II for BBC1, an exploration of the world’s vast oceans; Raw TV’s Drowning in Plastic for BBC1, investigating the scale of the plastic crisis in the ocean and what we are doing about it; and Tern Television Productions’ The Secret Life of Landfill: A Rubbish History for BBC4, in which an experiment at one of Britain’s largest landfill sites reveals the secret world of waste.

Finally, Channel 5, BBC1 and CBeebies are all in contention for the RTS Channel of the Year award.

Winners are to be announced at a ceremony, hosted by comedian Shappi Khorsandi, at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on March 19.

A complete list of non-fiction nominees follows below. For more information on the 2019 RTS Programme Awards, click here.

The full list of unscripted nominations follows below:

Arts
Black Hollywood: “They’ve Gotta Have Us” (AFL Films for BBC2)
Germaine Bloody Greer (Big Wheel Film & Television for BBC2)
The Art of Drumming (Wall to Wall Media for Sky Arts) 

Documentary Series
Love and Hate Crime (Top Hat Productions for BBC1)
Drugsland (BBC Studios – Unscripted Productions and The Open University for BBC3)
Prison (Spring Films for Channel 4)

Entertainment
The Last Leg (Open Mike for Channel 4)
Britain’s Got Talent (Syco / Thames for ITV)
Don’t Hate The Playaz (Monkey Kingdom for ITV2) 

Entertainment Performance
Michael McIntyre Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (Hungry McBear for BBC1)
Big Narstie and Mo Gilligan The Big Narstie Show (Exception Entertainment / Dice Productions for Channel 4)
Jennifer Hudson The Voice UK (ITV Studios and Talpa for ITV) 

Formatted Popular Factual
Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing (Owl Power for BBC2)
The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night (Spun Gold TV for ITV)
Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip: The French Connection (Studio Ramsay for ITV)

History
The Ruth Ellis Files: A Very British Crime Story (Wall to Wall for BBC4)
A Dangerous Dynasty: The House of Assad (72 Films for BBC2)
Holocaust: The Revenge Plot (Caravan for Channel 4) 

Live Event
The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (BBC Studios for BBC1)
The Real Full Monty Live (Spun Gold for ITV)
Glyndebourne Opera Cup (Factory Films for Sky Arts)

Presenter
Bobby Friction Pump Up the Bhangra: The Sound of Asian Britain (Pacific Quay Productions, BBC Studios for BBC4)
Romesh Ranganathan The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan (Rumpus Media for BBC Two)
Michael Palin Michael Palin in North Korea (ITN Productions for Channel 5) 

Science and Natural History
Blue Planet II (BBC Studios – The Natural History Unit for BBC1)
Drowning in Plastic (Raw TV for BBC1)
The Secret Life of Landfill: A Rubbish History (Tern Television Productions for BBC4)

Single Documentary
Grenfell (Minnow Films for BBC1)
Married to a Paedophile (Brinkworth Films for Channel 4)
Raped: My Story (Lambent Productions for Channel 5)

RTS Channel of the Year
BBC1
CBeebies
Channel 5

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a staff writer at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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