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Winslet, Moore and Lancashire take home prizes at RTS Awards, BBC dominates

Kate Winslet with her RTS award for her performance in I Am Ruth

UK pubcaster the BBC reigned supreme with 17 wins at The Royal Television Society (RTS) Programme Awards last night, while Kate Winslet, Charlotte Moore and Sarah Lancashire were among the winners.

The BBC was victorious in 17 of the 30 categories, three of which were for the comedy series Am I Being Unreasonable?, while its chief content officer Charlotte Moore was presented with the prestigious Judges’ Award.

This was for leading the BBC through 2022 with what the judges described as “an exceptional combination of steadfast level headedness, confidence and creative flair.”

Winslet won in the leading actor (female) category for her performance in I Am Ruth, made by Me+You Productions in association with Juggle Productions for Channel 4, which won in six categories on the night, with Derry Girls and Gogglebox among its winning shows.

Actor and producer Sarah Lancashire OBE (Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax) was celebrated with the outstanding achievement award, with RTS pointing to “not only her outstanding talent and intelligence, but her total commitment and dedication to the television industry.”

The RTS Programme Awards 2023, in partnership with Audio Network, were hosted by comedian Tom Allen at London’s JW Marriott Grosvenor House.

Guests in attendance included Billie Piper, Charlie Brooker, Sharon Horgan, Huw Edwards, Gaby Roslin, Claudia Winkleman, Stephen Merchant, Susan Wokoma, Gabby Logan, Ade Adepitan, Kit Connor, Alex Scott, Maxine Peake and Diane Morgan.

Daisy May Cooper won in the comedy performance (female) category for Am I Being Unreasonable?, which was produced by Boffola Pictures and Lookout Point for BBC. Her co-star Lenny Rush also won the breakthrough award as best comedy performance (male).

Other series that received wins across multiple categories included the BBC’s The Traitors for entertainment and entertainment performance, the BBC’s Sherwood for drama series and Adeel Akhtar for supporting actor (male) category.

The supporting actor (female) award was presented to Ambika Mod for the BBC and AMC’s This Is Going to Hurt and the inaugural comedy drama award was given to Sky’s Brassic.

The award for best comedy entertainment programme went to Friday Night Live on Channel 4, while Kit Connor (Netflix’s Heartstopper) and Lucy Prebble (Sky Atlantic’s I Hate Suzie Too) won in the leading actor (male) and writer (drama) categories, respectively.

In addition, BET UK celebrated its first ever RTS award, taking home the win in the arts category for The Evolution of Black British Music.

ITV’s Loose Men won the daytime programme award, the BBC’s Gazza picked up the award for best documentary series while Universal International Studios and CBBC’s Dodger won best children’s programme.

The best single documentary gong went to Netflix’s The Tinder Swindler, while the BBC’s Life & Death in the Warehouse won best single drama and the BBC’s Casualty picked up the award for top soap and continuing drama.

Other BBC titles recognised on the night included Our Falklands War: A Frontline Story, Mood and The Green Planet.

Kenton Allen, chair of the RTS Programme Awards, said: “2022 was a phenomenal year on and off screen. We introduced new categories for comedy drama and supporting actors to further reflect the incredible range and diversity in the scripted world and I’m thrilled to say that we saw a sensational response, with all of the nominees and winners reflecting an incredible range of creative excellence.”

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