The Royal Television Society has crowned the winners of the RTS Craft & Design Awards 2022.

The BBC landed 14 wins across the 29 competitive categories including two wins apiece for This is Going to Hurt for Sound – Drama and Director – Drama, and Platinum Party at the Palace for Director – Multicamera and Lighting for Multicamera. Following the BBC, Sky received six awards overall, half of which were for hit drama Landscapers, the most awarded programme of the evening.

The inaugural Production Management Award was given to Laura Djanogly, Jen Bollom and Mei Ye Li for Concert For Ukraine for ITV, one of the five awards ITV took home this evening.

For the awards presented at the discretion of the RTS, the RTS Special Award went to Working Title TV’s Head of Drama Surian Fletcher-Jones for “building a slate of critically acclaimed television series that have broken new ground, championed diverse voices and created meaningful impact on global audiences.” For 2022, the RTS Outstanding Contribution Award was presented to Claire Popplewell and the BBC Studios Events Team for “harnessing the power of live television to bring people together to witness some of the most important events in history.”

Chair of the Awards, Ade Rawcliffe, said: “Congratulations to all our RTS Craft and Design winners this year. The exceptional range and depth of skills represented in this year’s winners shines a light on the outstanding talent that work behind the camera in UK content creation across many platforms.”

The biggest winning indie was Sister, picking up five of the nine awards it was nominated for, including Lucy Forbes for Best Director for This is Going to Hurt and Erik Wilson BSC for his cinematography on Landscapers. Jane Featherstone, CCO and co-founder of Sister, said: “We’re all incredibly proud of the winning teams and individuals on both This is Going to Hurt and Landscapers, particularly given the wealth of talent in the room, and the fact that both shows were filmed at the height of the pandemic. These awards are not only a testament to their truly brilliant work, but it was completely inspirational celebrating with all our peers, the breadth of talent being recognised across multiple disciplines and other genres reminded me again of how lucky we are to have these artists and craftspeople in the UK industry.

 

THE FULL LIST OF WINNERS

 

Casting Award

 

WINNER – Daniel Edwards Heartstopper See-Saw Films for Netflix

“Beloved across the board. This piece showcased fresh, vital and exciting casting.  Faithful to the source material. An authentic portrayal of young modern life!”

 

Nominees:

  • Aisha Bywaters The Baby SISTER in association with Proverbial Pictures for Sky Atlantic
  • Rachel Sheridan In My Skin Expectation for BBC

 

Costume Design – Drama

 

WINNER – Alison McCosh Peaky Blinders Series 6 Caryn Mandabach Productions / Tiger Aspect Productions for BBC

“A strong identity perfectly balancing the sumptuous and the believable – it has the wow factor” said the jury.

Nominees:

  • Tom Pye & Nadine Clifford-Davern Gentleman Jack 2 Lookout Point for BBC & HBO
  • Orla Smyth-Mill Sherwood House Productions for BBC

 

Costume Design – Entertainment & Non Drama

 

WINNER – Plunge Creations & Bandicoot Scotland The Masked Singer Series 3 Bandicoot Scotland for ITV/STV

“Such a phenomenon, a visual treat that is all about costume. Exemplary.”

 

Nominees:

  • Shereen Shimmin Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway Series 18 Lifted Entertainment (Part of ITV Studios) in co-production with Mitre Studios for ITV
  • Zaldy & Eve Collins RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Season 3 World of Wonder for BBC

 

Design – Programme Content Sequences

 

WINNER – Made in Colour Empire & Me: A Newsround Special Made in Colour for BBC & CBBC

“The jury felt this was a difficult topic that was executed impeccably for a children’s audience. Even more impressive with the time and budget restraints the production were under.”

 

Nominees:

  • MPC Team Prehistoric Planet BBC Studios in association with Apple for Apple TV+
  • Production Team AIDS: The Unheard Tapes Wall to Wall for BBC / iPlayer & OU

Design – Titles

 

WINNER – yU+co The Essex Serpent See-Saw Films in association with Apple for Apple TV+

“Incredibly well thought out, designed and animated title sequence. Each transition was perfect” said the jury.

 

Nominees:

  • Paul McDonnell, Hugo Moss, Ben Hanbury & Tamsin McGee Around the World in 80 Days Slim Film + Television, Federation Entertainment and Peu Communications for BBC
  • BBC Creative / BBC Sport / BlinkInk & Gas Music Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics BBC Creative / Blink Ink & Gas Music for BBC

 

Director – Comedy Drama/Situation Comedy

 

WINNER – Andrew Chaplin Alma’s Not Normal Expectation for BBC

“The jury admired the way the winner honed a very funny comedy with stellar performances, without smoothing over the raw edges of the material.”

 

Nominees:

  • Jim Archer Big Boys Roughcut TV for Channel 4
  • Ben Taylor Sex Education Series 3 Eleven Film for Netflix

 

Director – Documentary/Factual & Non Drama

 

WINNER – Sarah Collinson Fearless: The Women Fighting Putin Hardcash Productions & The Economist for ITV

“How many of us would really be prepared to risk everything – including our lives – to stand up for democracy? For what we believe in? Our winner’s audacious film was fearless in every way – with stunning access to three brave women in Putin’s Russia who are doing exactly that – taking their lives into their hands to speak truth to power. The camera follows them and continues to shoot even in the most extreme, impossible situations. This is documentary making at its most urgent and most necessary.  A confident director determined to get their material against almost impossible odds.”

 

Nominees:

  • Kira Phillips Jeremy Kyle Show: Death on Daytime Blast! Films for Channel 4
  • Jane McMullen Big Oil Vs the World: Denial Mongoose for BBC & PBS Frontline

 

Director – Drama

 

WINNER Lucy Forbes This is Going to Hurt SISTER in association with Terrible Productions for BBC and AMC

“The jury felt that this was stand out. Visually distinctive, urgent, truthful, brilliantly crafted direction with outstanding performances. Great energy whilst tackling an important subject in an original way.”

 

Nominees:

  • Will Sharpe Landscapers SISTER in association with South of the River Pictures for Sky Atlantic
  • Marc Munden Help The Forge / One Shoe Films for Channel 4

 

Director – Multicamera

 

WINNER – Julia Knowles Platinum Party at the Palace BBC Studios Events Productions for BBC

“Faced with the pressure of delivering a new awards show that needed to make a splash, the requirement to film inside and outside and the having to deal with royalty as on-screen talent…any one of these things would terrify most of us, but our winner seemed to take them all in their stride and deliver something ground breaking and truly memorable.” The jury noted that “the confidence to use a variety of angles, lenses and shots for different segments of the show, can only be done by someone at the very top of their game – which they undoubtedly are.”

 

Nominees:

  • Julia Knowles The Earthshot Prize 2021 BBC Studios Events Productions for BBC
  • Liz Clare An Audience With Adele Fulwell 73 / Onward / Sony / Columbia for ITV

Editing – Documentary/Factual

 

WINNER – Bruce Law, David Pearson & Bumble Bee Post Team 9/11: Life Under Attack Brook Lapping Productions for ITV

“The jury were hugely impressed with the meticulous crafting of huge volumes of footage into such a moving and impactful piece, without the familiar support of voice over or master interviews. 9/11 is probably the most documented event in world history so the fact this feature felt brand new is testament to the skill of the editing team.”

 

Nominees:

  • Alec Rossiter & John McNamee Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist Double Act Productions for Channel 4 & Netflix
  • Kazeem Manzur Terms & Conditions: Deeper Than Drill Century Films for YouTube Originals

 

 

Editing – Drama

 

WINNER – Lucien Clayton Derry Girls Series 3 Hat Trick Productions for Channel 4

 

“Masterful editing technique from start to finish. A seamless and epic final episode, with the final sequence as the ultimate climax of emotion and character.”

 

Nominees:

  • Simon Reglar Marriage The Forge / The Money Men for BBC
  • Kim Gaster Anne World Productions for ITV

 

Editing – Entertainment and Comedy

 

WINNER – Paul Dingwall Cheaters Clerkenwell Films for BBC

“Cheaters succeeded in making the jury laugh through pacy, whip-smart editing and a willingness to mesh funny and shocking moments together. It used economical story telling to draw in the viewer and felt like not a frame was wasted.”

 

Nominees:

  • David Webb, Steve Ackroyd, Phil Hignett & Izabella Curry Sex Education Series 3 Eleven for Netflix
  • Robin Nurse Top Gear Series 31 BBC Studios Factual Entertainment for BBC

 

Editing – Sport

 

WINNER – Nicholas Perry & Philip Hughes Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony Opener – Our Birmingham: A Brummie Story BBC Sport for BBC

“Jurors felt that the film really captured the essence and emotion of an event that was about more than just sport. A huge amount of research had gone into filming and selecting the clips both before and during the edit, the sound design was exceptional and overall it achieved exactly what an opener to a sports event should do – left people wanting more.”

 

Nominees:

  • Scott Ferry-Collins and Whisper The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics: Beatbox Film Whisper for Channel 4
  • Nicholas Perry, Alex Ewing, Lucy Adams & BBC Sport Production Team Wimbledon 2022 – Women’s Final Opening Film BBC Sport for BBC

 

Effects

 

WINNER – Vine FX & Real SFX The Lazarus Project Urban Myth Films for Sky

 

“The jury were impressed with the breadth and variety of VFX craftmanship across the series. It was of a consistently high quality.”

 

 

Nominees:

  • MPC Team Prehistoric Planet BBC Studios in association with Apple for Apple TV+
  • Jim Solan, Ant Campbell, Chris Powell & Luke Wenmouth – VFX (dock10) Dodger Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group for CBBC/BBC

 

Lighting for Multicamera

 

WINNER – Nigel Catmur Platinum Party at the Palace BBC Studios Events Productions for BBC

“The jury said this was British events coverage at its best, epic but beautifully detailed at the same time. An incredible achievement, coping with the change of daylight and making a feature of every stage. No grading here, this is live TV Entertainment lighting at its best.”

 

Nominees:

  • Tom Sutherland The BRIT Awards BRITs TV for ITV
  • Tim Routledge Concert For Ukraine Livewire Pictures for ITV

 

Make Up Design – Drama

 

WINNER – Lin Davie, Sue Newbould & Laura Flynn Gentleman Jack 2 Lookout Point for BBC & HBO

“Spot on every time, never over the top – beautiful, without being over styled or theatrical.”

 

Nominees:

  • Julie Kendrick Landscapers SISTER in association with South of the River Pictures for Sky Atlantic
  • Nadia El-Saffar Sherwood House Productions for BBC

 

Make Up Design – Entertainment & Non Drama

 

WINNER – Lisa Armstrong & Lisa Davey Strictly Come Dancing Series 19 BBC Studios Entertainment for BBC

“Astonishing stuff, phenomenal and amazing – no mean feat, said the jury.”

 

Nominees:

  • David Petruschin, Julie Cooper & Sam Greenwood RuPaul’s Drag Race Vs The World Season 1 World of Wonder for BBC
  • Nicola Coleman Inside No 9 BBC Studios Comedy Productions for BBC

 

Multicamera Work

 

WINNER – Chris Power and the Camera Team Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel Hungry McBear for BBC

“Stunning format with incredibly complex coverage – brilliantly executed. Not an easy format to cover, the results make it look easy.”

 

Nominees:

  • Camera Team SAS: Who Dares Wins Series 7 Minnow Films for Channel 4
  • Liz Clare, Nat Hill, Dan Studley & Camera Team An Audience With Adele Fulwell 73 / Onward / Sony / Columbia for ITV

 

Music – Original Score

 

WINNER – Nicôle Lecky & Bryan Senti MOOD Bonafide Films for BBC

“The jury heaped praise on its innovation, the winning fusion of musical theatre and scripted drama, and just how much creative investment Nicole has made. It was particularly recognised for its authenticity and clear demonstration of original ideas – as well as brilliant execution.”

 

Nominees:

  • Lucrecia Dalt The Baby SISTER in association with Proverbial Pictures for Sky Atlantic
  • Tim Phillips & PJ Harvey Bad Sisters Merman / ABC Signature in association with Apple for Apple TV+

 

Music – Original Title

 

WINNER – Carly Paradis The Rising Sky Studios for Sky Max

“This was a beautifully crafted piece of music, delicately balancing tension with a very prominent and distinctive melody. The jury described it as brilliant and well-executed.”

 

Nominees:

  • Mick Jagger & Daniel Pemberton Slow Horses See-Saw Films in association with Apple for Apple TV+
  • Tim Phillips & PJ Harvey Bad Sisters Merman / ABC Signature in association with Apple for Apple TV+

 

Photography – Documentary/Factual & Non Drama

 

WINNER – Tim Shepherd, Todd Kewley, Oliver Mueller & Camera Team The Green Planet BBC Studios Natural History Unit / PBS / bilibili / ZDF / China Media Group CCTV9 / France Télévisions / The Open University for BBC and iPlayer

“This was innovative, clever, technically impressive work. The jury thought the work was amazing, gripping, absolutely loved it. It was beautifully shot to an incredibly high standard; it let’s you see the world differently – at a moment in time when we should be thinking about the planet.”

 

Nominees:

  • Tom Barrow Murder in the Valleys Five Mile Films for Sky Crime
  • John Shier Dynasties II – Puma BBC Studios Natural History Unit for BBC & BBC America

 

Photography – Drama & Comedy

 

WINNER – Erik Wilson BSC Landscapers SISTER in association with South of the River Pictures for Sky Atlantic

“Unusual and experimental, this was a brilliantly executed piece. The jurors felt the cinematographer finessed the style to the max and showed inventiveness through and through.”

 

Nominees:

  • Ben Wheeler BSC The Tourist Two Brothers Pictures for BBC
  • Adolpho Veloso Becoming Elizabeth The Forge for Starz

 

Picture Enhancement

 

WINNER – Thomas Urbye Landscapers SISTER in association with South of the River Pictures for Sky Atlantic

 

“The jury responded particularly to the traditional analogue quality of the submission and the transitions between sequences.”

 

Nominees:

  • Dan Coles The Tourist Two Brothers Pictures for BBC
  • Dan Gill & James Beynon Our Great National Parks Wild Space Productions / Freeborne Media / Higher Ground Prodcutions for Netflix

 

Production Design – Drama

 

WINNER – Cristina Casali, Robert Wischhusen-Hayes & Fabrice Spelta Landscapers SISTER in association with South of the River Pictures for Sky Atlantic

“Clever, sophisticated, visually arresting, incredible attention to detail and briliantly inventive Production Design in this drama of Truths and Untruths.”

 

Nominees:

  • Nicola Moroney Derry Girls Series 3 Hat Trick Productions for Channel 4
  • Dominic Hyman The Last Kingdom Series 5 Carnival Films for Netflix

 

 

Production Design – Entertainment & Non Drama

 

WINNER – Catherine Land Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway Series 18 Lifted Entertainment (Part of ITV Studios) in co-production with Mitre Studios for ITV

“The sheer scale and feat of a live show constantly reinventing itself with uplifting and vibrant Production Design, said the jury.”

 

Nominees:

  • John Jobe Reynolds The Bambers: Murder at the Farm Mindhouse Productions for Sky
  • MPC Team Prehistoric Planet BBC Studios in association with Apple for Apple TV+

 

Production Management Award

 

WINNER – Laura Djanogly, Jen Bollom & Mei Ye Li Concert For Ukraine Livewire Pictures for ITV

“As a new category the jury was in awe of the 43 nominations which highlighted the range, diversity, skill and utter brilliance of production management.

 

This small but impressive team set up and helped deliver this live event in just three and a half weeks with little funding. Their ambition and determination to raise as much money as possible, with every pound going to the appeal, kept them going against all odds – to find venues, hire crews, book facilities is all in a day’s work for production management but due to the circumstances this team found themselves doing music clearance, ticket pricing, sponsor liaison, accreditation, security and at one point helping find 400 live sunflowers for the staging. An amazing team effort for this unique event which raised £13.4m.”

 

Nominees:

  • Production Team The Essex Serpent See-Saw Films in association with Apple for Apple TV+
  • Production Management Team Then Barbara Met Alan Dragonfly Film and Television / One Shoe Films for BBC and Netflix

 

Sound – Drama

 

WINNER – Nina Rice, Steve Browell, Jamie Selway & Adam Horley This is Going to Hurt SISTER in association with Terrible Productions for BBC One and AMC

“A very realistic mix which the panel all agreed made you think you were there. Nice transitions. And an outstanding wake up sequence.”

 

Nominees:

  • Paul Cotterell, Paul Carter, Des Kenneally & Kasper Pedersen The Tourist Two Brothers Pictures for BBC
  • Sound Team A Discovery of Witches Season 3 Bad Wolf for Sky

 

Sound – Entertainment & Non Drama

 

WINNER – Nick Fry, James Spooner & James Jones Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes Top Hat Productions for Sky Documentaries & HBO Max

“Captivating sound design creating an engaging authentic environment. It was consistent with excellent use of foley and music, said the jury.”

 

Nominees:

  • Nas Parkash, Will Chapman, Tristan Powell & Claire Ellis Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99 Molinare / RAW TV for Netflix
  • David Lascelles, Jamie Selway, Maria Kelly & Oscar Bloomfield-Crowe Trying Season 3 BBC Studios for Apple TV+

 

RTS Special Award

WINNER Surian Fletcher-Jones

“This year’s RTS Special Award goes to someone who has built a slate of critically acclaimed television series that have broken new ground, championed diverse voices, created meaningful impact on global audiences and have been celebrated by the industry.

We Are Lady Parts, which was created, written and directed by Nida Manzoor, captured the hearts and minds of many as an irreverent comedy about an all-female Muslim punk band. Certified 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and heralded by critics for its uncompromised originality, the series was nominated for 9 RTS awards and won 5 for Editing, Make Up Design, Production Design, Comedy Performance and Writer. We Are Lady Parts also won a prestigious Peabody Award and picked up wins at the BAFTA Awards and Rockie Awards.

Our recipient was also the Executive Producer on the BBC hit adaptation of Dolly Alderton’s best-selling memoir Everything I Know About Love which has been described by critics as “warm, funny and wincingly accurate” (The Times). Their passion for telling authentic and daring stories is evident throughout their work and her mission to discover and nurture diverse voices permeates everything she creates.”

RTS Outstanding Contribution Award

WINNER Claire Popplewell and the BBC Studios Events Team

“This year’s RTS Outstanding Contribution Award goes to a team and its inspirational leader, who harnessed the great power of live television to bring people together to witness some of the most important events in history.

Responsible for the planning and execution of all royal, ceremonial and commemorative programming, they have delivered global events such as Live 8, the funeral of Nelson Mandela, the international broadcast of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as well as other events including: World War One Remembered: Passchendaele and most recently Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, a nine-hour event, with 213 cameras, which was broadcast to more the 200 countries.

The team is headed by a brilliant Creative Director whose CV reads like a list of some of the most important events of the 20th and 21st centuries.

It is highly complicated Outside Broadcast coverage. There are no second takes, resulting in coverage of the absolute highest craft and standard, that is often described as “flawless” and “Public Service Broadcasting at its very best”.

In the year that the BBC turns 100 this team and its remarkable leader – though they haven’t been at the BBC quite that long – are undoubtedly fitting and extremely deserving winners of the RTS Outstanding Contribution Award. The winners are Claire Popplewell and the BBC Studios Events Team.”

Jon Creamer

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