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Pictured: Local stars turn out for RTS Northern Ireland awards 2017 - full list of winners

The winners of the Royal Television Society Northern Ireland 2017 Programme Awards were revealed at an awards ceremony in The MAC Belfast on Thursday night.

The glitzy bash was hosted by TV presenter Angela Scanlon with guest presenter Michael Smiley.

The big winners were Stellify Media which won the Comedy and Entertainment Award for Beauty Queen and Single and the Factual Entertainment Award for In Solitary.

Holywood Producer Mark Huffam was announced as the winner of the RTS NI Judges Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to local television and film production.

Meanwhile, Line of Duty which is filmed in Belfast by World Productions took the award for Best Drama and Sixteen South won the new Original Score Award for The Salty Chicken.

RTS NI Programme Awards winners

  • Comedy and Entertainment

Winner: Stellify Media: Beauty Queen and Single (BBC NI)

Nominees: Waddell Media Ltd: Francis Brennan’s Grand Tour Vietnam and Roughcut TV: Delete Delete Delete

  • Factual Entertainment and/or Features

Winner: Stellify Media: In Solitary

Nominees: Tyrone Productions: Nathan Goes to Nashville and BBC NI Productions: Love in a Day

  • Specialist Factual

Winner: Crossing the Line: Wild Ireland (BBC NI)

Nominees: Alleycats: Pop Pride & Prejudice and Tern Television and Iconografie Films: Britain’s Lost Masterpieces: Aberdeenshire

  • Documentary

Winner: Tern Television and Borough Productions: The Good Terrorist

Nominees: Alleycats: How to Defuse a Bomb: The Project Children Story and True North: My Wig and Me

  • Current Affairs

Winner: BBC Northern Ireland: Spotlight: Burn to Earn

Nominees: Erica Starling Productions: Channel 4 Dispatches: Under Lock and Key  and UTV: UTV Up Close: Northern Ireland’s Prescription Addiction:

  • News Coverage

Winner: BBC Northern Ireland: A Nolan Show Investigation

Nominees: UTV: UTV Live: The Death of Martin McGuinness  and BBC Northern Ireland: BBC Newsline: The Death of Martin McGuinness

  • Drama

Winner: World Productions: Line of Duty (BBC NI)

Nominees: HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead, Television 360/Starling TV: Game of Thrones and BBC Studios in Association with Cuba Pictures: Paula

  • Children’s and /or Animation

Winner: Zodiak Kids Studios UK: Secret Life of Boys

Nominees: Sixteen South: Lily’s Driftwood Bay – The Salty Chicken and Jam Media: Little Roy

  • Interactive Entertainment

Winner: Big Motive: Tara’s Locket – A VR Story for Children

Nominees: Billy Goat Entertainment Ltd: Her Majesty’s SPIFFING and Neon: RETNE

  • Original Music Score

Winner: Sixteen South: The Salty Chicken

Nominees: World Productions: Line of Duty and Fables and Artists Studio: The Fall

  • RTS NI Judges Award: Sponsored by Ka-Boom

Winner: Mark Huffam

Sarah McCaffrey, Chair of the RTS NI Awards said: “Congratulations to all our winners who represent the best of the exceptional talent coming out of Northern Ireland in recent years.

“And a special congratulations to Mark Huffam for winning the Judges’ Award. As a creative community, we are extremely proud of his achievements making some of the best television and film productions in the world which has helped to put Northern Ireland on the global map.”

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