RTS Programme Awards 2023

The Nominations have been announced for the RTS Programme Awards and we are extremely excited that so many Faction editors are in the mix!

In a press release, RTS Chair Kenton Allen said: “It is incredibly important to champion the outstanding content being made in our industry from both established and up-and-coming talent. 2023 was another year of attention-grabbing, thought-provoking, world-class television”.

Sam Thompsett joined us in 2021 as a junior editor and we are dead impressed that the documentary series – The Evolution of Black British Music he worked on has been nominated in the Arts Category. It looks at the evolution of the black British music and rave scene from the early 1990s to the present day, from jungle, garage, grime, funky house and afro swing to road rap and drill.

Graham Taylor is really showing off as two documentaries he edited have been nominated. Firstly AIDS- The Unheard Tapes, he cutEpisode 1 which looks at the Aids crisis as never told before, by those who survived – and those who did not. The documentary uses the audio from archived interviews with each narrator’s voice lip-synched for television by an actor, it was made by Wall to Wall for BBC2 and is nominated in the ‘History’ category. And as if that’s not enough Gazza has also been nominated in the ‘Documentary series’ category.Graham edited both episodes about the iconic footballer Paul “Gazza” Gascoigne. A deeply personal portrait of the troubled footballing legend presented as a revealing exposé on the lengths the tabloid press of the 90’s went to secure their stories. Western Edge Pictures for the BBC.

Picture: Royal Television Society

My Dead Body: Matt Lowe edited this moving documentary. It follows Toni Crews, a young mother of two, who was diagnosed with a rare terminal cancer. She made the decision to donate her body to science and the film follows Prof. Claire Smith, as she continues Toni’s story by dissecting her body in a series of educational workshops whilst covering the effects on Toni’s family. It was made by Maverick for Channel 4. Nominated in the ‘Science and The Natural World’ category.

Abraham Teweldebrhan and Steven Struthers both worked on Workerbee’s Idris Elba Fight Schoolwhere the former kickboxer himself provides seven disadvantaged young people from across the UK with lessons in discipline, focus and determination by putting them through an experimental boxing school, in an attempt to give them the tools to change their fortunes. Nominated in the ‘Formatted Popular Factual category.

Tim Fielding and Janet Shaw worked on The Traitors. This new series made by Studio Lambert where contestants in the game move into a majestic castle and work as a team to complete a series of dramatic and challenging missions to earn money for the prize pot. Three of the contestants are secretly traitors, who will attempt to deceive and manipulate their way to the prize by eliminating ‘loyal’ contestants. Nominated in the ‘Entertainment’ Category.

And finally Ella Newton edited part 1 of Big Oil Versus the World. The series which investigates what the fossil fuel industry knew about climate change more then four decades ago. Drawing on thousands of newly discovered documents and testimony from scientists working on climate change research in the 1980s, the film goes on to chart how the oil industry mounted a campaign to sow doubt about the science of climate change. Made by Mongoose Pictures for BBC Two and PBS Frontline. Nominated in the ‘Documentary Series’ category.

A big congratulations to all the nominees and best of luck!

The awards will take place on Tuesday 28th March