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“Raped: My Story”, “Prison” among RTS Programme Award winners

Raped: My Story and Prison were among the non-fiction winners at the 2019 Royal Television Society’s (RTS) Programme Awards. The awards, which honors achievements in British television across all television genres ...
March 20, 2019

Raped: My Story and Prison were among the non-fiction winners at the 2019 Royal Television Society’s (RTS) Programme Awards.

The awards, which honors achievements in British television across all television genres were handed out during a ceremony in London at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Tuesday (March 20) evening.

This year’s top winner was the BBC, which took home a total of five awards for its programs and talent, including the top history prize for A Dangerous Dynasty: The House of Assad from 72 Films and BBC2. The British public broadcaster was also bestowed with top honors in the science and natural history category for Drowning In Plastic from Raw TV.

Channel 4, meanwhile, scooped up a handful awards, including the top prize in the documentary series category for Spring Films’ Prison (pictured), which provides rare insight into prison life and exploring the issues that prison staff and prisoners face, and the entertainment award for Open Mike’s late night television talk show The Last Leg.

Elsewhere, Viacom’s free-to-air network Channel 5 was feted with the award for single documentary via Lambent Productions’ Raped: My Story, in which 10 people speak publicly about their rape and how the assault has affected them in the years after the attack. 

The Judges’ Award was handed out to Ben Frow, director of programs at Channel 5, whose “passionate and transformative” approach to the network since taking its reins in 2013 has increased audience engagement by 5%, according to a statement from the panel of judges.

Winners also included ITV, whose program The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night from Spun Gold took home the formatted popular factual award, while top honors in the arts category went to Sky Arts’ The Art of Drumming from Wall to Wall Media.

Finally, the best presenter award was bestowed upon Romesh Ranganathan for his work in Rumpus Media and BBC2′s The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, which follows the television presenter as he journeys to some of the most beautiful but dangerous places on earth, and Scottish presenter and journalist Lorraine Kelly was feted with the Outstanding Contribution to British Television Award.

All non-fiction winners at the 2019 RTS Programme Awards are listed below. For the complete list of winners, visit the RTS website.

Arts
The Art of Drumming
Wall to Wall Media for Sky Arts

Daytime Programme
The Repair Shop
Ricochet for BBC2

Documentary Series
Prison
Spring Films for Channel 4

Entertainment
The Last Leg
Open Mike for Channel 4

Formatted Popular Factual
The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night
Spun Gold TV for ITV

History
A Dangerous Dynasty: The House of Assad
72 Films for BBC2

Live Event
The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
BBC Studios for BBC1

Presenter
Romesh Ranganathan for The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan
Rumpus Media for BBC2

RTS Channel of the Year
Cbeebies

Science and Natural History
Drowning in Plastic
Raw TV for BBC1

Single Documentary
Raped: My Story
Lambent Productions for Channel 5

Judges’ Award
Ben Frow
Director of Programmes, Channel 5

Outstanding Contribution to British Television
Lorraine Kelly

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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