The Royal Television Society Scotland has announced the winners of its 2022 Programme Awards.

Among those receiving gongs were crime and mystery thriller Guilt (Expectation and Happy Tramp/BBC Scotland and BBC2) which won Best Drama; Antiques Road Trip (STV Studios/BBC One) for Best Daytime Programme; and STV News at Six picked up gold in the News category. Darren McGarvey’s Class Wars (Tern Television/BBC Scotland) won the Documentary and Specialist Factual Award, with Darren also crowned On-Screen Personality 2022.

I Can’t Breathe: Black and Dead in Custody (BBC Scotland) won in Current Affairs, and Stef Smith picked up the Writer award for Float (Black Camel Pictures/BBC Scotland). There were two Gaelic winners on the night including Cum Suil Orm (Corran Media for BBC Alba) in Children’s and Ceol is Cradh (Sgeul Media for BBC Alba) in Documentary and Specialist Factual: Arts.  Mark Walters picked up the award for Documentary and Specialist Factual: History, for programme Mark Walters: In the Footsteps of Andrew Watson (14th Floor Productions for BBC Scotland).

The Outstanding Contribution Award was presented to Sound specialist, Jim Hunter. Jim has decades of experience working in studio and OB Sound, supervising audio on a huge number of network programming such as Weakest Link, The Hit List and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. In addition to mentoring junior colleagues, he has also spent years promoting sound education in colleges and universities across Scotland, contributing significantly to the craft skills in this important field.

Stephen O’Donnell, Chair of RTS Scotland, said: “TV continues to inform, entertain and inspire millions of people every single day and it was fantastic to welcome everyone back in person to recognise the great work that hit screens in 2021.  It was a fiercely competitive shortlist and I’d like to wish huge congratulations to all the winners and the nominees.”



Entertainment and Features

  • Extraordinary Escapes with Sandi Toksvig (Tuesday’s Child Scotland for Channel 4)

Documentary and Specialist Factual: Arts

  • Cèol is Cràdh (Sgeul Media for BBC ALBA)


  • Cum Suil Orm (Corran Media for BBC ALBA)


  • Matt Pinder – The Hunt for Bible John (Firecrest Films for BBC Scotland)

Documentary and Specialist Factual

  • Darren McGarvey’s Class Wars (Tern Television Productions for BBC Scotland)

Short Form

  • Everyman (Bombito Productions for Scottish Documentary Institute)

Current Affairs

  • I Can’t Breathe: Black and Dead in Custody (BBC Scotland for BBC One)


  • Stef Smith – Float (Black Camel Pictures for BBC Scotland)


  • How We Forgot To Save The Planet (BBC Studios for Channel 4)

Craft: Editing

  • Audrey McColligan – The Hunt for Bible John (Firecrest Films for BBC Scotland)

On-Screen Personality

  • Darren McGarvey

Sport Programme

  • Undisputed: The Life and Times of Ken Buchanan (TVI Vision for BBC Scotland)

Young Journalist (presented in memory of George Sinclair)

  • Katie McEvinney, BBC Scotland

Documentary and Specialist Factual: Science and Natural History

  • Dolly: The Sheep That Changed the World (Tern Television Productions for BBC Scotland)

Documentary and Specialist Factual: History

  • Mark Walters: In the Footsteps of Andrew Watson (14th Floor Productions for BBC Scotland)


  • Julian Schwanitz – Killing Escobar (Two Rivers Media for BBC Scotland)

Animation and VFX

  • Life Beyond Earth (Revenant)


  • STV News at Six (Central), STV


  • Guilt (Expectation and Happy Tramp for BBC Scotland and BBC Two)


  • Antiques Road Trip (STV Studios for BBC One)

Craft: Sound

  • Kahl Henderson, Iain Anderson, Sam Biggs and Stuart Bruce for Vigil (World Productions for BBC One)

Craft: Post Production – Graphics and Titles

  • Life Beyond Earth (Revenant)

Live Event

  • Na Trads 2021 (Beezr Studios for BBC ALBA)

Student Television Award

  • Colleen Bell – The Space I Occupy (STV Player)

Outstanding Contribution Award

  • Jim Hunter

Jon Creamer

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