RTS Craft and Design Awards for ScreenSkills supporters

Giri/Haji © BBC/Sister Pictures/Luke Varley

Congratulations to our Skills Fund contributors for their wins at the 2020 Royal Television Society Craft and Design Awards.

In a virtual ceremony Mim Shaikh, ScreenSkills’ new ambassador, awarded this years’ casting award to Giri/Haji and announced Baghdad Central as the winner in the music: original title category. The Goes Wrong Show won in the production design: entertainment and non-drama category, and Quiz picked up the editing: drama award.

HRH The Prince of Wales, patron of the Royal Television Society, closed the ceremony with a speech in which he acknowledged the central role television plays in our cultural lives, calling it a “valuable source of company” for many during lockdown. “Television production in Britain is now an industry worth over three billion pounds with almost one billion of that coming from international revenues. So, as well as being culturally important it is a hugely significant part of our nation’s economic life,” he said.

Acknowledging the difficulties the industry faced during the pandemic, he concluded that “the ingenuity and resourcefulness of craftspeople in British television production is revered around the world. It is my belief that you will rebound from these challenging days stronger than ever.”

A big thank you to all winnersas well as nominees Noughts + Crosses, Brassic, Catherine the Great, Gangs of London, The Crown, Deadwater Fell, The End of the F***ing World 2,  Little Birds, There She Goes, Devs, The Salisbury Poisonings, Feel Good, In The Long Run, White House Farm and World on Fire, for paying into the High-end TV Skills Fund which supports training in the industry.

We’d also like to thank and congratulate TV Skills Fund-contributors BBC and Channel 4, who also received nominations for programmes including The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance and 24 Hours in Police Custody – Murder in the Woods, and ScreenSkills ambassador Nainita Desai, who received the award for best music score for For Sama.

On the same day, For Sama was also acknowledged at the International Emmy Awards, alongside High-end TV Skills Fund contributors Elizabeth is Missing, Responsible Child and Criminal: UK.

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