The STV crime drama, Taggart, has been shortlisted in an awards competition being run by the Royal Television Society.
The show has made it among the finalists in the nations and regions category of the RTS Programme Awards, which, say the organisers, ”celebrate all genres of television programming, from children's fiction to comedy performance, history to soaps”.
It is up against Breaking the Silence, made by Scots independent TV production company, Tern TV, for BBC One Northern Ireland, and Snowdonia 1890, made by Indus Television for BBC One Wales.
Chaired by David Liddiment, the awards will be presented at a ceremony on the 15th of this month, in London.
In the Entertainment category, ITV has received two nominations – The X Factor, produced by TalkbackTHAMES and Syco TV – goes up against The Cube, produced by Objective Productions, along with Channel 4’s The Million Pound Drop, produced by Remarkable Television, an Endemol Company.
I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! (ITV Studios for ITV1) and Britain’s Got Talent (a talkbackTHAMES and Syco TV production for ITV1) have earned Ant & Dec a nomination in the Entertainment Performance category. They will be fighting it out with Charlie Brooker for Newswipe, produced by Zeppotron for BBC Four and Graham Norton, for The Graham Norton Show, produced by So Television for BBC One.
In the category for Soap and Continuing Drama, Coronation Street, produced by ITV Studios for ITV1, will battle with the BBC’s Eastenders and Casualty, both produced by BBC Studios.
Sherlock, produced by Hartswood Films, will be trying to sleuth its way to victory in the Drama Series category, the BBC One programme goes up against Carnival Films’ period piece for ITV1 Downton Abbey, and Misfits, produced by Clerkenwell Films for E4.
Miranda Hart, who won Comedy Performance at last year’s awards is again nominated for Miranda, produced by BBC productions for BBC Two – the other nominees are James Buckley for The Inbetweeners, a Bwark Production for E4 and Tom Hollander for Rev, produced by Big Talk Productions for BBC Two. The three programmes also make up the shortlist for best Scripted Comedy.
Pineapple Dance Studios from Pulse Films for Sky1HD goes up against Don’t Tell the Bride, produced by Renegade Pictures for BBC Three, and The Great British Bake-Off, produced by Love Productions for BBC 2, for Features and Lifestyle Series.
Winner of last year’s International Award, Mad Men is again nominated, this year they’ll be duelling with True Stories: The Cove, produced by Vertigo Films for More4 and Sony Pictures Television’s Justified, for 5USA.
In the category for Presenter, Reggie Yates for Autistic Superstars, produced by Prospect Cymru Wales for BBC Three, will take on Professor Brian Cox for Wonders of the Solar System, produced by BBC/Science Channel co-production for BBC Two. Piers Morgan is also nominated in this category for Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, produced by ITV Studios for ITV1.
Julie Walters is nominated for best Actor (Female) for her performance in Mo, produced by ITV Studios for Channel 4, also nominated is Natalie Press for Five Daughters, produced by BBC productions for BBC One, and Vicky McClure for This is England ’86, A Warp Film for Channel 4. This production receives another nomination in Actor (Male), where Johnny Harris is shortlisted – the other nominees are Any Human Heart’s Jim Broadbent (produced by Carnival Films for Channel 4) and David Tennant for Single Father, produced by Red Productions for BBC One.
For Single Documentary, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, produced by Firecracker Films for Channel 4 is nominated, along with Between Life and Death, produced by BBC Productions/BBC Wales for BBC One, and Clover Films’ The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan for More4.
During the ceremony, two extra awards will be handed out: the Judges' Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The shortlist reads:
Vicky McClure – This is England '86 A Warp Film for Channel 4
Natalie Press – Five Daughters BBC Productions for BBC One
Julie Walters – Mo ITV Studios for Channel 4
Johnny Harris – This is England '86 A Warp Film for Channel 4
David Tennant – Single Father Red Productions for BBC One
Jim Broadbent – Any Human Heart Carnival Films for Channel 4
Genius of British Art (Episode 3: Howard Jacobson 'Flesh') Oxford Film and Television for Channel 4
Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art A Lone Star/National Theatre Production in association with Arts Council England and More4
A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss BBC Productions/BBC Bristol for BBC Four
Sarah Jane Adventures BBC Productions/BBC Wales for CBBC
Tracy Beaker Returns CBBC for CBBC
Y Diwrnod Mawr – Sion Pyrs (My Big Day – Sion Pyrs) Ceidiog for S4C
Something Special CBeebies for CBeebies
Horrible Histories Lion Television in association with Citrus for CBBC
The Inbetweeners A Bwark Production for E4
Miranda BBC Productions for BBC Two
Rev Big Talk Productions for BBC Two
James Buckley – The Inbetweeners A Bwark Production for E4
Miranda Hart – Miranda BBC Productions for BBC Two
Tom Hollander – Rev Big Talk Productions for BBC Two
Daytime and Early-Peak Programme
Deal or No Deal An Endemol West Production for Channel 4
The Indian Doctor Rondo Media and Avatar Films for BBC One
Moving On – Sauce For The Goose LA Productions for BBC One
Wormwood Scrubs Wild Pictures for ITV1
One Born Every Minute Dragonfly Productions for Channel 4
Welcome to Lagos KEO north for BBC Two
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding Firecracker Films for Channel 4
Between Life and Death BBC Productions/BBC Wales for BBC One
The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan Clover Films for More4
Any Human Heart Carnival Films for Channel 4
This is England '86 A Warp Film for Channel 4
Five Daughters BBC Productions for BBC One
Downton Abbey Carnival Films for ITV1
Sherlock Hartswood Films for BBC One
Misfits Clerkenwell Films for E4
The Road to Coronation Street ITV Studios for BBC Four
The Song of Lunch BBC Productions/Masterpiece for BBC Two
Mo ITV Studios for Channel 4
The Million Pound Drop Remarkable Television, An Endemol Company, for Channel 4
The X Factor A talkbackTHAMES and Syco TV Production for ITV1
The Cube Objective Productions for ITV1
Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly – I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! / Britain's Got Talent ITV Studios for ITV1 / a talkbackTHAMES and Syco TV Production for ITV1
Charlie Brooker – Newswipe Zeppotron for BBC Four
Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show So Television for BBC One
Features and Lifestyle Series
Pineapple Dance Studios Pulse Films for Sky1HD
Don’t Tell the Bride Renegade Pictures for BBC Three
The Great British Bake-Off Love Productions for BBC Two
Words of the Blitz ITV Studios for ITV1
At Home With The Georgians Matchlight for BBC Two
The Secret Life of the National Grid BBC Productions for BBC Four
True Stories: The Cove Vertigo Films for More4
Mad Men Lionsgate for BBC Four
Justified Sony Pictures Television for 5USA
Piers Morgan – Piers Morgan's Life Stories ITV Studios for ITV1
Reggie Yates – Autistic Superstars Prospect Cymru Wales for BBC Three
Professor Brian Cox – Wonders of the Solar System BBC/Science Channel co-production for BBC Two
Nations and Regions Programme
Taggart STV Productions for STV, ITV and Alibi
Breaking the Silence Tern TV for BBC One Northern Ireland
Snowdonia 1890 Indus Television for BBC One Wales
Science and Natural History
Wonders of the Solar System BBC/Science Channel co-production for BBC Two
How Earth Made Us: Deep Earth BBC Productions for BBC Two
Lost Land of the Tiger BBC Natural History Unit for BBC One
Soap and Continuing Drama
Coronation Street ITV Studios for ITV1
EastEnders BBC Productions for BBC One
Casualty BBC Productions for BBC One
Writer – Comedy
Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong – Peep Show Objective Productions for Channel 4
Jo Brand, Vicki Pepperdine & Joanna Scanlan – Getting On Vera Productions for BBC Four
Graham Linehan – The I.T. Crowd talkbackTHAMES for Channel 4
Writer – Drama
Jack Thorne and Shane Meadows – This is England ’86 A Warp Film for Channel 4
Stephen Butchard – Five Daughters BBC Productions for BBC One
Neil McKay – Mo ITV Studios for Channel 4