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“Love Island”, “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK” among RTS Programme Awards noms

The Royal Television Society (RTS) unveiled the nominees for its 2020 awards Tuesday (March 3), with BBC3, Channel 5 and Sky Atlantic vying for the organization’s Channel of the Year ...
March 3, 2020

The Royal Television Society (RTS) unveiled the nominees for its 2020 awards Tuesday (March 3), with BBC3, Channel 5 and Sky Atlantic vying for the organization’s Channel of the Year prize.

The RTS Programme Awards span all genres of UK television programming, and recognize actors, presenters, writers and production teams, as well as individual programs.

Contenders in the single documentary category are: Films of Record’s David Harewood: Psychosis and Me (BBC2); Hardcash Productions’ Undercover: Inside China’s Digital Gulag (ITV); and Minnow Films’ War in the Blood (BBC2).

Fulwell 73′s music documentary Bros: After The Screaming Stops (BBC4); BBC Studios’ James Graham: In the Room Where It Happens (BBC1); and Expectation’s Superkids: Breaking Away From Care (Channel 4) were this year’s nominees in the arts category.

Non-scripted nominees for best daytime program are Twofour and Motion Content Group’s Beat the Chef (Channel 4) and Ricochet’s The Repair Shop (BBC1).

In the documentary series category, programs competing are: Twenty Twenty Productions’ The Choir: Our School By The Tower (BBC2); 72 Films’ Crime and Punishment (Channel 4); and 7 Wonder’s Hometown: A Killing (BBC3).

Reality competition formats Britain’s Got Talent (Thames/Syco for ITV), Love Island (ITV Studios Entertainment/Motion Content Group for ITV2) and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK (World of Wonder Productions for BBC2) are in contention for best entertainment program.

Nominees for formatted popular factual, meanwhile, include: Voltage’s The British Tribe Next Door (Channel 4); Studio Lambert’s Celebrity Gogglebox (Channel 4); and The Circle, from Studio Lambert and Motion Content Group (Channel 4).

History titles up for consideration at the 2020 awards are: Blast! Films’ Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain (Channel 4); Minnow Films’ The Last Survivors (BBC2); and BBC Northern Ireland’s Spotlight on The Troubles: A Secret History (BBC4 and BBC1 Northern Ireland).

Finally, non-scripted titles nominated in the science and natural history category include Passionate Productions’ The Parkinson’s Drug Trial: A Miracle Cure? (BBC2); and The Planets, a BBC Studios production with PBS strand ‘NOVA’ and WGBH Boston for BBC and PBS (coproduced by Tencent Penguin Pictures; a BBC Open University Partnership for BBC2)

Winners will be announced at the RTS Programme Awards Ceremony March 17 at The Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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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