RTS Programme Awards announces 2011 nominees

Programs ranging from Frozen Planet to An Idiot Abroad (pictured) have been named as nominees for The Royal Television Society's forthcoming RTS Programme Awards 2011.
February 28, 2012

Programs ranging from the BBC/Discovery coproduction Frozen Planet to Risk Productions’ An Idiot Abroad (pictured) have been named as nominees for The Royal Television Society’s forthcoming RTS Programme Awards 2011.

The winners will be named at a ceremony on March 20 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Arena: Produced By George Martin, produced by Grounded Productions and the BBC for BBC2; Graffiti Wars from TwoFour for Channel 4; and The Impressionists from ZCZ Films, also for BBC2, are shortlisted for the Arts category; while in the daytime program category, Antiques Road Trip from STV Productions, Deal or No Deal Live from Endemol Productions and Operation Hospital Food with James Martin from Splash Media, are all nominated.

For documentary series, the nominees are 24 Hours in A&E from Garden Productions, Educating Essex from TwoFour, and Fighting On the Frontline from Minnow Films. In the single documentary category, the nominees are Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die from BBC Productions, The Life And Loss Of Karen Woo from Century Films, and True Stories: Hell And Back Again, from Roast Beef Productions.

In the popular factual and features category, Risk Productions’ An Idiot Abroad 2, KEO Films Hugh’s Big Fish Fight, and Love Productions’ The Great British Bake Off are all selected. Two of those series presenters, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall from Hugh’s Big Fish Fight, and Karl Pilkington from An Idiot Abroad, are both nominated in the presenter category, alongside Gareth Malone from Twenty Twenty’s The Choir: Military Wives.

Programs The Life of Muhammad from Crescent Films, If Walls Could Talk - The History of the Home from Silver River Productions, and Dambusters: Building the Bouncing Bomb from Windfall Films, are all up for the history category; while the science and natural history genre sees nominees Frozen Planet from the BBC/Discovery Channel/Antena 3 Television/ZDF/Skai; Mummifying Alan: Eygpt’s Last Secret from Blink Film & Television; and Stargazing Live from BBC Productions, competing for the award.

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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 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.