Member News  |  24 November 2020

The winners were announced on Monday 23rd November, at a virtual celebration hosted by radio broadcaster, actor and spoken word artist Mim Shaikh, with a special message from RTS Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales.

RTS awards image, courtesy of Royal Television Society

The RTS Craft & Design Awards celebrate excellence in broadcast television and aim to recognise the huge variety of skills and processes involved in programme production. Across the 31 competitive categories, the BBC led the way with 19 wins, three of which were for the BBC One & HBO series His Dark Materials for the Design – Titles, Effects, and Production Design – Drama categories. ITV and Channel 4 each took home four awards with ITV’s The Masked Singer garnering the Costume Design – Entertainment & Non Drama, and documentary For Sama winning two awards for Channel 4 for Director – Documentary/Factual & Non Drama and Music – Original Score. 

The RTS Special Award was presented to Michaela Coel for her BBC One and HBO hit series I May Destroy You. Renowned casting director Nina Gold was given the Outstanding Achievement Award for her extensive career which has included casting for internationally esteemed television and films such as The CrownChernobyl and Game of Thrones

“Despite not being able to meet as we usually would to revel in what has been a brilliant year of production, we are delighted we could celebrate together virtually this evening. Echoing the message shared by HRH The Prince of Wales, the industry has not only lifted the spirits of UK audiences this year, but also continues to be a major economic and cultural force on the global stage. Collectively we have produced an outstanding array of quality content during a time that has thrown up so many challenges, and I heartily congratulate all the winners!” 

Anne Mensah, Chair of the RTS Awards

Visit the Royal Television Society website for a full list of winners here.

Some of the winners and nominees: 

Casting Award

WINNER – Yoko Narahashi, Shaheen Baig & Layla Merrick-Wolf Giri/Haji (Duty/Shame) SISTER for BBC Two & Netflix


  • Kelly Valentine-Hendry Gangs of London Pulse Films / SISTER & Sky Studios for Sky Atlantic in association with Cinemax
  • Amy Hubbard White House Farm New Pictures for ITV

Design – Programme Content Sequences

WINNER – Made in Colour My World – Dadaab Refugee Camp BBC World


  • Richard Norley, Wajahut Shah & Sancha Worthington, Jump The Supervet (Series 15 and Christmas Special)Blast! Films for Channel 4
  • Martin Johnson, Fleur Bone, Rob Harvey & Paul Crosby Mars: One Day On The Red Planet The Garden Productions for National Geographic

Design – Titles

WINNER – Titles Team His Dark Materials Bad Wolf for BBC One & HBO

“A visually sumptuous opening sequence that really lifts and transports viewers into the world of His Dark Materials. These titles convey the epic, cinematic scale of the show and the jury recognises and celebrates the artistry and technical skills required to pull off something of such scale.”


  • Titles Team Brassic Calamity Films & Sky Studios for Sky One 
  • Rob Roberts-Facey, Lucy Adams, Dominic Robson-Smith & Alastair McIntyre World Athletics Championships 2019 BBC Sport

Director – Documentary/Factual & Non Drama

WINNER – Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts For Sama, ITN Productions for Channel 4 & PBS


  • James Bluemel Once Upon a Time in Iraq Keo Films for BBC Two
  • Paddy Wivell Prison Spring Films for Channel 4

Director – Drama

WINNER – Lenny Abrahamson Normal People Element Pictures for BBC & Hulu


  • Sam Miller & Michaela Coel I May Destroy You Various Artists & FALKNA for BBC One & HBO
  • Destiny Ekaragha The End of The F***ing World 2 Clerkenwell Films & Dominic Buchanan Productions for Channel 4 & Netflix

Director – Multicamera

WINNER – Bridget Caldwell The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance BBC Studios for BBC One


  • Simon Staffurth VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration BBC Studios for BBC One
  • Julia Knowles VJ Day 75: The Nation Remembers BBC Studios for BBC One

Editing – Documentary/Factual

WINNER – Abraham Teweldebrhan Tyson Fury: The Gypsy King Optomen Television for ITV


  • Chloë Lambourne & Simon McMahon For Sama ITN Productions for Channel 4 & PBS
  • Justin Badger & Christopher Swayne Barrymore: The Body in the Pool Keo Films for Channel 4

Editing – Drama

WINNER – Pia Di Ciaula Quiz Left Bank Pictures for ITV


  • Izabella Curry I Hate Suzie Bad Wolf & Sky Studios for Sky Atlantic 
  • Nathan Nugent Normal People Element Pictures for BBC & Hulu

Editing – Entertainment and Comedy

WINNER – Dan Gage Staged Infinity Hill & GCB Productions for BBC One


  • Edit Team Britain’s Got Talent (Series 14) Thames & Syco for ITV
  • William Webb Feel Good Objective Fiction & Objective Media Group Scotland for Netflix & Channel 4

Editing – Sport

WINNER – Joe Snell, Kevin Evans & Paul Roberts Time for a new season BT Sport Europa League final & BT Sport Champions League final BT Sport


  • Nicholas Perry, Rob Roberts-Facey & Stephen Lyle One Day: Sport’s Super Sunday BBC Sport
  • Nicholas Perry, Tom Mallion, Sonja McLaughlan & Richard Hughes Six Nations 2020: Eddie Jones interviewBBC Sport


WINNER – Framestore, Russell Dodgson, Dan May & Danny Hargreaves His Dark Materials Bad Wolf for BBC One & HBO

“Just glorious! The jury was impressed by the collaboration between the numerous teams who came together to deliver truly excellent creatures and rich FX work across the series.”


  • Vine FX War of the Worlds Urban Myth Films & Canal + for Fox 
  • DNEG, Rowley SFX, Flash SFX & Goldcrest World on Fire Mammoth Screen co-produced with Masterpiece for BBC One

Lighting for Multicamera

WINNER – Nigel Catmur VJ Day 75: The Nation’s Tribute BBC Studios for BBC One


  • Gurdip Mahal, Ross Williams & Rob Bradley Crazy Delicious Optomen for Channel 4 & Netflix
  • Paul Burton Coronation Street ITV Studios for ITV

Multicamera Work

WINNER – Suri Krishnamma & Camera Team Performance Live: The Way Out Battersea Arts Centre for BBC Four


  • Camera Team VJ Day 75: The Nation’s Tribute BBC Studios for BBC One
  • Andrew Slater, Annie Tetchner, Sophie Oliver & Katie Collis 24 Hours In Police Custody – Murder in the Woods – Two Part Special The Garden Productions for Channel 4

Multicamera Work – Sport

WINNER – IGBS Camera Team The Rugby World Cup Semi Final 2019 England v New Zealand IGBS (JV between IMG and HBS) for ITV


  • Matt Roberts SailGP: Season 1 Finale and Season 2 Launch Whisper & Timeline TV for BT Sport & Sky Sports
  • Ken Burton FA Cup: Shrewsbury Town v Liverpool BBC Sport

Photography – Documentary/Factual & Non Drama

WINNER – Olivier Sarbil On The President’s Orders Mongoose Pictures for BBC Storyville


  • Drone Filming Crew The Great Mountain Sheep Gather Windfall Films for BBC Four
  • Camera Team Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins Minnow Films for Channel 4

Photography – Drama & Comedy

WINNER – Suzie Lavelle Normal People Element Pictures for BBC & Hulu


  • Ed Rutherford Little Birds Warp Films & Sky Studios for Sky Atlantic 
  • David Odd Giri/Haji (Duty/Shame) SISTER for BBC Two & Netflix  

Picture Enhancement

WINNER – Adam Dolniak Rise of the Nazis 72 Films for BBC Two


  • Asa Shoul Devs FX Networks & DNA Films for BBC Two
  • Aidan Farrell Catherine The Great New Pictures & Origin Pictures for HBO & Sky

Production Design – Drama

WINNER – Joel Collins His Dark Materials Bad Wolf for BBC One & HBO

“An epic, detailed and exciting design giving life to a fantasy world whilst still rooted in reality, the jury really felt the coherence of the design carried through from physical sets to virtual additions.”


  • Tom Burton Catherine the Great New Pictures & Origin Pictures for Sky Atlantic in association with HBO
  • Matthew Gant & Megan Bosaw Gangs of London Pulse Films / SISTER & Sky Studios for Sky Atlantic in association with Cinemax

Sound – Drama

WINNER – Howard Bargroff, Tim Barker, Steve Browell & Marc Specter Baghdad Central Euston Films for Channel 4


  • Paul Davies, Chris Durfy, Nick Cox & Ian Morgan The Salisbury Poisonings Dancing Ledge Productions for BBC One
  • Sound Team The Crown (Series 3) Left Bank Pictures for Netflix

Sound – Entertainment & Non Drama

WINNER – Nick Fry, Mick Duffield & James Evans The Last Igloo Swan Films for BBC Four


  • Kevin Duff & Andy Deacon VJ Day 75: The Nation’s Tribute BBC Studios for BBC One
  • Steve Speed, Nick Fry, James Evans & Hugh Dwan Formula 1: Drive To Survive (Series 2) Box to Box Films for Netflix

The full awards ceremony is available to re-watch online via the RTS Vimeo.

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