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Derry Girls and BBC NI among big winners of Royal Television Society awards in Belfast

The series, created by Derry writer Lisa McGee, took home the award for its third and final series.

One of the series’ stars, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, who played Michelle on the hit show, also received the Best Screen Talent award for her presentation of The Real Derry of Channel 4, produced by Tyrone Productions.

BBC Northern Ireland also won various awards for their work at the flashy ceremony hosted by Blu Hydrangea, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Blu Hydrangea at the RTS NI Program Awards at Belfast City Hall (William Cherry/Presseye)

The broadcaster was awarded the Spotlight Award for Spotlight: The Babymaker Unbroken, which exposes the practices of a clinic that claims to give infertile patients a much better chance of getting pregnant.

It also received an Entertainment Award for The Belfast Mixtape: Songs from Lockdown which aired in September 2022.

Other awards of the night included Children’s and Animation Awards going to Zokiak Kids & Family Productions UK for Silverpoint while DoubleBand Films’ Irish drama Doineann won a Drama Award.

Aisling Productions and Soilsiu Films presented the award for Best Documentary Feature to Young Plato: The Philosophy Boys of Ardoyne.

The Chronicles of Strangford won the Lifestyle/Best Film Award for Waddell Media and the Reality Entertainment Award went to Alleycats TV’s The Fast and the Farmish-ish.

UTV received the News Award for UTV Live: Dying on the Streets, with the Expert Event Awards going to the Aerial Walk and Ronachan Film for Brian Friel: Shy Man, Showman and Best Original Score awarded. awarded to Nowhere Special by Andrew Simon MacAllister.

Actor James Martin, who starred in the Academy Award-winning short film, An Irish Goodbye, was honored at the ceremony with the Brian Waddell Award for his outstanding contribution to the industry.

Fiona Campbell, President of RTS NI said: “It is an honor to celebrate the incredible talent of our own James Martin, who has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide with his acting performance. color in An Irish Goodbye.

“As an industry, we have a unique platform where we can smash stereotypes by making sure we blend in both on screen and behind the camera. Congratulations to all of those who are in the industry. winners and finalists who represent the best of today’s creative talent clearly in Northern Ireland.”

Gareth McGreevy, President of the RTS NI Awards also said: “The high quality of this year’s entries is a reflection of our dynamic creative community. The judges had a hard time deciding the final winners, all of the shortlisted as well as tonight’s winners did a great job.

“RTS NI is an educational charity and events like tonight give us the opportunity to highlight and celebrate the amazing achievements of our vibrant film and television industry. .”


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