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Derry Girls and 66 Days make Royal Television Society awards shortlist

Jannine Waddell, MBE, Chair of RTS NI Awards Committee is pictured with Richard Williams, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Screen to announce this year’s RTS NI Awards finalists.
Jannine Waddell, MBE, Chair of RTS NI Awards Committee is pictured with Richard Williams, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Screen to announce this year’s RTS NI Awards finalists.

Comedy juggernaut of the year Derry Girls and the film of Bobby Sands hunger strike, 66 Days, were among the nominations for the Royal Television Society, Northern Ireland 2018 Programme Awards.

The awards aim to showcase some of the best talent in the creative industries in Northern Ireland.

Also among the nominations was the documentary No Stone Unturned about the Loughinisland Massacre which resulted in the high-profile arrests of two of the journalists behind the project and the BBC's investigation into so-called paedophile hunters. That saw BBC journalist Kevin Magee confronted by a number of individuals in a Belfast street.

The awards take place in The Mac, Belfast on Thursday, November 15 2018.

Jannine Waddell, chair, RTS NI Awards committee said: “The RTS NI programme Awards are an important showcase of the extraordinary talent evident across Northern Ireland’s creative industries. We seek to recognise programmes and people who have made a positive contribution to the sector in terms of originality and quality.

 “The standard gets higher each year and in this our fourth year, the judges had a challenging task shortlisting the finalists given the high quality of drama, entertainment, animation and documentaries now being made in this region as well as comedy, news, current affairs, music and interactive content.

"We look forward to celebrating the very best creative talent in our screen industry at the Awards next month.”

The RTS NI Programme Awards 2018 finalists are:

Children’s and / or Animation - sponsored by Millar McCall Wylie

  • Zodiak Kids Studios: Joe All Alone – Home Alone
  • Sixteen South: ‘Claude’ – Shiny Shoes
  • Paper Owl Films: Pablo

Entertainment - sponsored by NEP Ireland

  • Stellify Media: Don’t Say It Bring It
  • Nice One Productions & Hindsight Productions: What Makes You Tic?
  • Stellify Media: Beauty Queen and Single

Interactive - sponsored by Flint Studios

  • 360 Productions, Big Motive: Contagion – The BBC Four Pandemic (App)
  • BBC NI: 1943 Berlin Blitz

Features and / or Factual Entertainment - sponsored by Mac-Sys

  • Big Mountain Productions: Rachel Allen: A Cook’s Adventure
  • Waddell Media Ltd: World’s Most Expensive Cars
  • Alleycats TV: Keepin ‘Er Country: Festival of Love

Drama - sponsored by Yellowmoon

  • Afro-Mic Productions: Cry Rosa
  • Red Production Company Ltd: Come Home
  • Darlow Smithson Productions: Dave Allen at Peace

Original Music Score – G&H Film and Television Services

  • Doubleband: Britain’s Ancient Tracks with Tony Robinson
  • Paper Owl Films: Pablo
  • Below The Radar: Rocky Ros Muc

Current Affairs - sponsored by Carson McDowell LLP

  • Fine Point Films: No Stone Unturned
  • UTV: UTV Up Close – Game Over
  • UTV: UTV Up Close – Para-Normal

News Coverage - sponsored by Queens University Belfast

  • UTV: UTV Live – North West Floods
  • BBC NI: BBC Newsline Paedophile Hunter Investigation
  • UTV: UTV Live – Stormont Talks Collapse

Specialist Factual - sponsored by Flame Distribution Ltd

  • Dragonfly Film & Television Productions Ltd: My Dad, The Peace Deal and Me
  • Erica Starling Productions: Out of the Shadows
  • Erica Starling Productions & Ronachan Films: Leonora Carrington – The Lost Surrealist

Documentary - sponsored by Performance Film and Media Insurance

  • Cyprus Avenue Films / Fine Point Films: 66 Days
  • Erica Starling Productions: Searching for Shergar
  • Waddell Media Ltd: The Flower Shop

Scripted Comedy – sponsored by City Air Express

  • The Comedy Unit: Soft Border Patrol
  • Hat Trick Productions: Derry Girls
  • Nice One Productions in Partnership with Retort: Fright Shorts: The Visit

The Brian Waddell Award for Outstanding Contribution - sponsored by Ka-Boom

Tickets for the Awards are available online priced at £25 each from

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