BBC Drama receives eight RTS programme awards

The success is a testament to the work of the extraordinary creative talent in this country, as well as showing that the BBC's public funding really does give us the freedom to deliver the highest quality and widest range of drama in the country."Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama
Date: 20.03.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.04
Category: Drama
BBC Drama cemented its reputation for quality and creativity as it won eight awards at last night's Royal Television Society Awards.

The Royal Television Society (RTS), Britain’s leading forum for television and related media, announced the winners for the RTS Programme Awards 2012 last night, with BBC Drama winning eight coveted awards, making it the most successful night for BBC Drama in three years.

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama, said: "The success is a testament to the work of the extraordinary creative talent in this country, as well as showing that the BBC's public funding really does give us the freedom to deliver the highest quality and widest range of drama in the country."

Olivia Colman and Sean Bean won best actor and actress for Jimmy McGovern’s BBC One drama, Accused II, whilst BBC Drama Productions' Good Cop, starring Warren Brown, won best Drama Serial.

Sherlock picked up two awards for best Drama Series and best Writer for Steven Moffat. The Hollow Crown: Richard II starring Ben Whishaw won best Single Drama, while Room On The Broom won Children’s Programme and CBBC completed the eight awards with best Children’s Drama.

The ceremony, held at Grosvenor House on Tuesday 19 March, was hosted by award-winning comedian, writer and actress Jo Brand.

Held annually, the RTS Programme Awards aim to recognise the work of exceptional actors, presenters, writers and production teams, as well as celebrating the programmes themselves.

BBC Drama Winners

Actor (Female)

Olivia Colman- Accused II RSJ Films for BBC One

“Riveting and totally convincing... the truth in her portrayal of a woman whose son has been murdered gave the audience a horrifying glimpse of what it would be like to lose a child in such violent circumstances.”

Actor (Male)

Sean Bean - Accused II RSJ Films for BBC One

“The winner’s performance was fresh and intelligent with real heart, and was both accessible and totally convincing.”

Children's Programme

Room On The Broom, Magic Light Pictures for BBC One

“Deceptively simple but with complex resonances, the jury described the winning programme as exceptionally rich, moving and powerful - a work of genius.”

Drama Serial

Good Cop, BBC Productions for BBC One

“Fantastically well written, directed and performed, the Jury felt that this programme moved the genre on from the normal ‘cop show’.”

Drama Series

Sherlock, Hartswood Films for BBC Wales in co-production with Masterpiece for BBC One

“Brilliant, intelligent and different - a masterclass in every aspect of film-making that has truly elevated the genre.”

Single Drama

The Hollow Crown: Richard II, A Neal Street Productions co-production with NBC Universal and WNET Thirteen for BBC Two

“A classic Shakespeare history play is brought to life - and made as gripping as any psychological thriller.”

Writer - Drama

Steven Moffat - Sherlock, Hartswood Films for BBC Wales in co-production with Masterpiece for BBC One

“… the winner’s writing was inventive, witty and fizzed along. With gloriously unpredictable and assured storytelling.”

Children's Drama

Wolfblood, CBBC Productions for CBBC

"An exceptional piece of drama which moved the genre on... utterly compelling performances and was beautifully shot.”

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