Guz Khan, Bharti Patel, Talisha ‘Tee Cee’ Johnson and Darshna Soni are among the local media names unveiled as nominees for this year’s Royal Television Society awards in the Midlands.

The RTS Midlands centre has announced its full list of nominations for their prestigious annual TV Awards which are sponsored by the BBC, Channel 4, Create Central and Film Birmingham.

Celebrating the TV and broadcasting industry across the Midlands the ceremony will be streamed live on the RTS’s YouTube channel on Wednesday 25 November as gongs are awarded to the best of regional on-screen talent.

The BBC leads the way with 44 nominations including BBC East Midlands Today for News Programme of the Year, as well as Writing, Craft Production and Acting Performance nominations for BBC Three hit, Man Like Mobeen. Whilst the BBC dominates nominations in the Drama category which includes Dark Money and Doctors, ITV has ten nominations with ITV News Central garnering nine of the nominations across multiple categories.

This year's Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards will be held online in November RTS
This year’s Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards will be held online in November

Dorothy Hobson, Chair of Judges, RTS Midlands, says: “In such a tumultuous year, we need to celebrate the industry more than ever. We have received even more entries this year than last year which is a testament to the fantastic talent who are making programmes in and about the Midlands.”

This year’s judges include renowned journalists, broadcasters and programme makers including Mal Young, Louise Sutton, Nina Nannar, Jeremy Howe, Gillian Joseph, Mistajam, Rohit Kachroo, Phil Ford, Trish Adudu, Cat Lawson, Alex Fraser and Mark Linsey.

In addition to the programme awards, the Baird Medal will be presented to someone from the region who has made an outstanding contribution to television. Previous recipients include Sir David Attenborough, Jed Mercurio, Frank Skinner and Barbara Slater, OBE.


So, who’s been nominated this year?


Acting Performance – Female

Bharti Patel is nominated for an RTTS Award for her role as Ruhma Hanif on BBC DoctorsBBC Doctors
Bharti Patel is nominated for an RTTS Award for her role as Ruhma Hanif on BBC Doctors

Bharti Patel – Doctors (BBC Studios for BBC One)
Dúaa Karim – Man Like Mobeen (Tiger Aspect Productions for BBC Three)
Jill Halfpenny – Dark Money (The Forge Entertainment for BBC One)


Acting Performance – Male

Coventry actor Guz Khan is nominated for an RTS Award for comedy show 'Man Like Mobeen'I Am Birmingham / Adam Yosef
Coventry actor Guz Khan is nominated for an RTS Award for comedy show ‘Man Like Mobeen’

Adrian Lewis Morgan – Doctors (BBC Studios for BBC One)
Babou Ceesay – Dark Money (The Forge Entertainment for BBC One)
Guz Khan – Man Like Mobeen (Tiger Aspect Productions for BBC Three)


Animation

Animation 'Roads from the Past' explores the history of Britain's Gypsies, Roma and Travellers Travellers Times
Animation ‘Roads from the Past’ explores the history of Britain’s Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

A Scribbled Memory (BlueBell Films for Online Platforms)
Da Vinci Learning Channel Idents (Second Home Studios for Da Vinci Learning)
Flesh (Anna Campbell and Rural Media, supported by Arts Council England for BBC Arts, BBC Four and BBC online platforms)
Mirakin: The Picture Pixies (The CharacterShop & 3Megos for YouTube)
Roads from the Past (Rural Media for Travellers Times)


Breakthrough (off screen)

Talisha ‘Tee Cee’ Johnson is up for an RTS 'Breakthrough' AwardBBC Three
Talisha ‘Tee Cee’ Johnson is up for an RTS ‘Breakthrough off-screen’ Award

Bhulla Beghal (BlueBell Films for Online Platforms)
Cree-Summer Haughton (ITV News Central for ITV)
Luke Collins (Rural Media for BBC)
Scarlett Kefford (Script Sirens Presents: #GoingViral for Youtube & IGTV)
Talisha ‘Tee Cee’ Johnson (BBC Three for BBC Three)


Breakthrough (on screen)

ITV News Central presenter and producer Pablo Taylor is up for an RTS Award Pablo Taylor
ITV News Central presenter and producer Pablo Taylor is up for an RTS Award

Dr Angela Moran – A Very British History: Birmingham Irish I Am (BBC Birmingham for BBC One / BBC Four)
Max Fincham – Dark Money (The Forge Entertainment for BBC One)
Oloni – My Mates A Bad Date (BBC Three for BBC Three)
Pablo Taylor (ITV News Central for ITV)
Sideman – Strictly Sideman (BBC Three for BBC Three)


Craft – Post Production

'Run', created for Adidas by Midlands-based Affixxius FilmsAdidas / Trent Bridge / Affixxius Films
‘Run’, created for Adidas by Midlands-based Affixxius Films

Affixxius Films – Run – Trent Bridge (Affixxius Films for Online)
Chris Polding – Evil Up Close: Kim Edwards & Lewis Markham (FirstLookTV for Crime & Investigation)
Chris Randall – Da Vinci Learning Channel Idents (Second Home Studios for Da Vinci Learning)
Editing Team – My Mate’s A Bad Date (BBC Three for BBC Three)
Paul Farrer – Red Dwarf – The Promised Land (Baby Cow Productions for DAVE)


Craft – Production

Film still from Home Time, Bhulla Beghal of Bluebell FilmsBhulla Beghal / Bluebell Films
Film still from Home Time by Bhulla Beghal of Bluebell Films

Affixxius Films – Sedbergh School – The Spirit of Sedbergh (Affixxius Films for Online)
Bhulla Beghal – Home Time and A Scribbled Memory (BlueBell Films for Online Platforms)
Lewis Arnold – Dark Money (The Forge Entertainment for BBC One)
Lina Hashweh (BBC Three for BBC Three)
Man Like Mobeen (Tiger Aspect Productions for BBC Three)


Digital Creativity

ITV News Central is up for a Digital Creativity AwardITV Central
ITV News Central is up for a Digital Creativity Award

BBC Three Edit Hub (BBC Three for BBC Three)
Home Time (BlueBell Films and Multistory for Online Platforms)
ITV News Central (ITV News Central for ITV)
People Just Do Nothing Watching People Just Do Nothing. Kurupt FM: LIVE (BBC Three for BBC Three)
Strictly Sideman (BBC Three for BBC Three)


Documentary

A Very British History: Birmingham Irish I AmBBC One / BBC Four
A Very British History: Birmingham Irish I Am

A Very British History: Birmingham Irish I Am (BBC England for BBC One / BBC Four)
A Very British History: Whatever Happened to the Boat People? (BBC England / BBC Birmingham / BBC Four)
Cops Like Us (Dragonfly Film & TV for BBC Two)
Life & Birth (Dragonfly Film & TV for BBC One)
Return to Auschwitz (Vyka for Birmingham Hebrew Congregation)


Drama

Stars on the red carpet at the Royal Television Society Midlands Awards, in Birmingham. UK. 29th November 2019 The BBC Doctors cast including Bharti Patel and Laura RollinsLensi Photography / I Am Birmingham
Cast members from BBC Doctors at last year’s RTS Midlands Awards

Dark Money (The Forge Entertainment for BBC One)
Doctors (BBC Studios for BBC One)
Father Brown (BBC Studios for BBC One)
Shakespeare and Hathaway – Private Investigators (BBC Studios for BBC One)


Factual and Specialist Factual

'Cops Like Us' from Dragonfly Film & TV for BBC TwoBBC Two
‘Cops Like Us’ from Dragonfly Film TV for BBC Two

A Very British History: Birmingham Irish I Am (BBC England for BBC One / BBC Four)
Cops Like Us (Dragonfly Film & TV for BBC Two)
GPs Behind Closed Doors (Knickerbockerglory TV for Channel 5)
Soul Boy (BBC East Midlands for BBC One)
The Lady Killers (FirstLookTV for Quest Red)


Factual Entertainment / Popular Factual Series

The Rap Game is up for an RTS Midlands AwardBBC
The Rap Game is up for an RTS Midlands Award

Canal Boat Diaries (BBC East Midlands for BBC)
Houseshare (Youngest Media for BBC Three)
Paul Hollywood Eats Japan (North One for Channel 4)
The Rap Game UK (Naked for BBC Three)
Travel Man: 48 Hours in Krakow (North One for Channel 4)


Journalist of the Year

Darshna Soni is up for an RTS Award for her journalism work on Channel 4 NewsChannel 4 News
Darshna Soni is up for an RTS Award for her journalism work on Channel 4 News

Charlotte Cross (ITV News Central for ITV)
Darshna Soni (ITN for Channel 4 News)
Jonathan Gibson (BBC Birmingham for BBC)
Simon Ward (BBC for BBC Inside Out)
Yasmin Bodalbhai (ITV News Central for ITV)


News Programme of the Year

Floods 2020: Uncharted Territory from ITV News CentralITV
Floods 2020: Uncharted Territory from ITV News Central

BBC East Midlands Today 1830 programme – Leicester Lockdown (BBC East Midlands Today for BBC)
BBC Midlands Today / Covid 2 (BBC Midlands Today for BBC)
Floods 2020: Uncharted Territory (ITV News Central (West) for ITV)
HS2 – Still on Track? (ITV News Central for ITV)
Nottinghamshire Child Abuse Scandal (ITV News Central (East) for ITV)


On Screen Personality

BBC Midlands Today presenter Nick Owen at last year's RTS Midlands Awards Lensi Photography / I Am Birmingham
BBC Midlands Today presenter Nick Owen at last year’s RTS Midlands Awards

Craig Charles – The Gadget Show (North One for Channel 5)
Guy Martin (North One for Channel 4)
Nick Owen – BBC Midlands Today (BBC Midlands Today for BBC)
Oloni – My Mates A Bad Date (BBC Three for BBC Three)
Sameena Ali-Khan – ITV News Central (ITV News Central for ITV)


Promotional

'Contraption' by Big Button for SegroBig Button
‘Contraption’ by Big Button for Segro

Confetti Fields (Conteur for The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company)
Formula One Autocentres (CharacterShop & M3 Agency for Really & Home, ESPN, Channel 4 and Sky)
Contraption (Big Button for Segro)
Sky – Step up, Speak Up (Second Home Studios for Sky)
The Comeback (Spark Media for Facebook / Twitter)


Short Form

The Comeback by Spark MediaSpark Media
The Comeback by Spark Media

BBC New Creatives (Rural Media supported by Arts Council England for BBC Arts, BBC Four and BBC online platforms)
Legacy (Pictureshed for Channel 4 Random Acts)
Poet off the Ends (Luke Radford for BBC East Midlands)
The Comeback (Spark Media for Facebook / Twitter)
Unbreakable (DRPG and Springboard Charity)


Writer

Will Hanrahan from FirstLookTVFirstLookTV
Will Hanrahan from FirstLookTV

Guz Khan and Andy Milligan – Man Like Mobeen (Tiger Aspect Productions for BBC)
James Graham – Quiz (Left Bank Pictures for ITV)
Kit Lambert – Father Brown (BBC Studios for BBC One)
Will Hanrahan – Kids Who Kill: Aaron Campbell (FirstLookTV for Crime & Investigation)


To watch the RTS Midlands Awards live on 25 November, visit the RTS YouTube here.

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