NFTS Alumni Credited in RTS Programme Awards Winners


NFTS Alumni Credited in RTS Programme Awards Winners

From Emmerdale to National Treasure!

Projects with National Film and Television School alumni involvement have once again won awards in several categories at this year’s Royal Television Society Programme Awards across a whole host of film and television making disciplines from directing and sound, to editing and cinematography! The NFTS has dedicated course open days coming up over the next few weeks catering for all these areas; sign up for your place here.

The awards ceremony, hosted by Sandi Toksvig, took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Tuesday 21st March.

Emmerdale, directed by Directing Fiction MA graduate, Diana Patrick won the ‘Best Soap and continuing Drama’ category, while National Treasure, a four-part 2016 British television drama by Channel 4, written by Jack Thorne and starring Robbie Coltrane took the award for ‘Best Mini-Series’. NFTS credits include Paul Davies, Supervising Sound Editor and Katherine Pearl, Post-Production Co-Ordinator.

NFTS graduates are also credited on the other nominated mini-series in this category including London Spy - Lisa Hall, Production Designer and Marc Anton Restivo, Art Director – and Thirteen - Simon Archer, DoP; Hazel Baillie, Editor; Alex Ellerington, FX Editor; Jon Opstad, Composer and Martin Jensen, Rerecording Mixer.

Exodus: Our Journey to Europe won the ‘Best Documentary Series’ award and credits Editing MA graduates, Simon Sykes, Nick Fenton & Sunshine Jackson. The Murder Detectives received a nomination in this category and credits composer, Jon Opstad.

The BBC3 production, Murdered By My Father (DoP, NFTS Cinematography MA graduate, Felix Wiedemann) won ‘Best Single Drama’ while First Contact: Lost Tribe of the Amazon (Editor, David Hill) won the ‘Best Science and Natural History’ award.

Channel 4 series The Secret Life of 4 & 5 Year Olds also received a nomination in the science and natural history category and credits NFTS Directing Documentary graduate, Jackie Waldock as Director.

Sally Wainwright, who recently delivered an inspiring masterclass at NFTS, won the award for ‘Writer-Drama’ for Happy Valley – read about her masterclass here.

Other nominated programmes with NFTS involvement include:

Channel 4 series, First Dates (Composer, Miguel d’Oliveira) nominated for ‘Best Popular Factual and Features’.

ITV series, The Durrells nominated for ‘Best Drama Series’ (Additional Music composed by Jon Wygens).

EastEnders (Writer, NFTS Screenwriting MA graduate, Laura Poliakoff)

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