The Royal Television Society (RTS), Britain’s leading forum for television and related media, has been monitoring the current climate closely and in line with official guidance against large gatherings of people, has made the decision to streamline the format of this year’s Royal Television Society Programme Awards, in partnership with Audio Network, scheduled to take place on Tuesday 17th March.
In order to host the event responsibly, as well as continuing to celebrate the nominees’ achievements, a slimmed down, intimate presentation of the awards be live-streamed. Nominees and RTS representatives will now be invited to the event with the broader industry able to watch via a live link.
Theresa Wise, CEO of the Royal Television Society said: “While adapting as necessary to the current situation, we aim to continue celebrating the past year of television and excellence in our industry in the best way possible – by honouring nominees and winners through a streamlined event. We look forward to offering everyone the opportunity to join us via live stream as we host the RTS Programme Awards.
The list of nominees was announced by BBC journalist, writer and broadcaster Samira Ahmed at h Club in London’s vibrant Covent Garden.
Channel 4 drama The Virtues is recognised in both the Actor (Female) with Niamh Algar and Actor (Male) with Stephen Graham categories, with Suranne Jones also nominated in the Actor (Female) category for her portrayal of Anne Lister in BBC One’s Gentleman Jack – which also receives a nomination for Drama Series alongside The Capture and Ackley Bridge. Also nominated in the Actor (Female) category is Tamara Lawrance for BBC One’s The Long Song.
Micheal Ward steals an Actor (Male) nomination for Netflix’s Top Boy, with a nomination also going to Jared Harris for the popular Sky Atlantic series Chernobyl – a dramatisation of the 1986 nuclear disaster. Chernobyl is also recognised in the Mini-Series category.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s BBC comedy Fleabag goes head to head with Channel 4’s Derry Girls, both of which have secured nominations in the Scripted Comedy and Comedy Performance (Female) categories. Phoebe has also received a nomination for Writer – Comedy, alongside Danny Brocklehurst for Brassic and Sex Education’s Laurie Nunn. Ncuti Gatwa has also been recognised for Comedy Performance (Male) in Netflix hit Sex Education.
Last year’s winner The Repair Shop for BBC One once again is in the running for Daytime Programme, alongside Good Morning Britain and Beat The Chef; while The BRIT Awards 2019, The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance and Stormzy’s 2019 performance on the legendary Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury all compete in the Live Event category.