BBC Asian programmes pick up RTS gongs


BBC Birmingham took top honours in six categories at the Royal Television Society (Midlands) Awards ceremony last night (8th October).

The prestigious event, staged at Birmingham?s International Convention Centre, saw BBC Birmingham scooping six wins from ten nominated categories, including: Best Drama, Best Popular Factual Programme and Best News/Current Affairs Programme.

Dalziel and Pascoe swept the board in the awards for drama, picking up Best Drama, Best Actor for Warren Clarke as Andy Dalziel and Haydn Gwynne for Best Actress (for her guest appearance as Dr. McKenzie Mansfield).

Best Popular Factual Programme went to ?All The Queen?s Cooks? a documentary about people who have cooked for the Queen, from celebrity chefs to ordinary folk. Best Specialist Factual Programme went to ?Marrying My Cousin? a film looking at arranged marriages within Pakistani culture. The accolades are yet another success for BBC Birmingham?s award-winning Documentary and Contemporary Factual Department.

An Inside Out Special ? ?Siege Village? won the Best News/Current Affairs Programme Award for their investigative film looking at the circumstances surrounding the desecration of Gladys Hammond?s grave by suspected Animal Rights activists.

BBC East Midlands also celebrated a win, claiming the Best Regional Programme Award for ?A Picture of Nottinghamshire? by William Ivory ? looking at the people and places which have inspired the writer?s work.

Andy Griffee, Controller, BBC English Regions and Head of Centre, says: ?I’m absolutely delighted that BBC Birmingham has claimed six awards at this prestigious ceremony. To achieve recognition for both network and local programming, across a range of genres is a fantastic achievement for the teams based here at BBC Birmingham.”

Andy Griffee also collected the Patron?s Award from the Royal Television Society (Midland Centre) committee.

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