Last night saw the annual Royal Television Society (RTS) Midlands Awards, in partnership with Screen WM, take place at Birmingham’s prestigious Town Hall. Celebrity hosts Myleene Klass and Krishnan Guru-Murthy were joined by over 300 VIP guests to celebrate the Midlands’ media talent.
Recognising talent across the East and West Midlands, the event saw 19 awards given out, including five student awards and the special Baird Medal.
This year’s Baird Medal, which recognises outstanding contribution to media, went to Derbyshire-born Robert Lindsay, who collected his award in person. Lindsay’s career began in the early seventies when he appeared as Wolfie Smith in the BBC sitcom ‘Citizen Smith’, and since then he has continued to grace the stage and screen. He is now known by a new generation of viewers as Ben Harper in ‘My Family’.
The Winners of RTS Midlands Awards 2009:
Best Promotional Programme – ‘Making A Difference to Children in Care’, Iceni Productions
Best Fictional Programme – ‘Caterpillar’, Infinite Wisdom and Angelfish Productions for Screen WM and the UK Film Council
Best On Screen Personality – Des Coleman, BBC East Midlands Today
Best Acting Performance – Selina Chilton, ‘Doctors’, BBC 1 Television Drama
Best Digital Innovation – ‘Speed Dating’, ST16 for Anderson PR and the UK Road Safety Organisations
Best Entertainment – ‘Embarrassing Bodies’, Maverick Television for Channel 4
Best News Programme – ‘Armistice’, ITV Central Tonight
Best New Talent – Katy Fawcett, ITV Central
Best Production Craft Skills – Rachel Carter, Producer, ‘Caterpillar’ for Infinite Wisdom and Angelfish Productions
Best Current Affairs Feature – ‘Suffolk Strangler’. Hanrahan Media for Sky Crime
Best Documentary – ‘The Satanic Verses Affair’, BBC Vision Production Birmingham for BBC2
Best Independent Programme – ‘Embarrassing Bodies’, Maverick Television for Channel 4
Best Regional Programme – ‘Armistice’, ITV Central Tonight
Winners of the Student Awards:
Best Animation – ‘Eden’, University of Lincoln
Best Entertainment – ‘Best Friends That Love Each Other’, University of Lincoln
Best Factual Programme – ‘Flashmobs’, University of Lincoln
Best Fictional Programme – ‘Olivia’, Staffordshire University
Midlands Centre Best Student Production – ‘Flashmobs’, University of Lincoln
Developed in partnership with regional screen agency, Screen WM, and Advantage West Midlands, the RTS Midlands Awards 2009 celebrated the evolution of media. For more information go to www.rts.org.uk.