26 February, 2006

The Royal Television Society Annual Awards

I would quite like the cancelled too soon Bodies to win Drama Series and the cancelled too soon Peep Show to win Sitcom & Comedy Drama (although The Thick of It is very good). It would also be nice for Brian Dooley of the Smoking Room to get some recognition for his under-rated and under-appreciated excellent writing.

The irony is that two public service networks have cancelled Bodies and Peep Show for low ratings despite their high quality. Isn't the point, with the BBC at least, that I don't complain about the likes of Casualty as long as well-written shows are available as an alternative?

Paul Abbott is up for best writer and best drama series for Shameless which was a bit of a surprise as he didn't write any in the last series but I realised this must be for the one or two he did write of series 2. Anyway Shameless has been re-commissioned for a new series but I decided not to bother watching after the waste of time that was the non-Abbott episodes of series 2 knowing that series 3 would be Abbott-free.

Actually I did force myself to watch the series finale, after I heard conflicting views on the new series: "Jumped the shark! Terrible!" and "Goes from strength to strength!"

I shall comment on that episode tomorrow.






The RTS Awards will be held on 14 March at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Among the nominations are:

CHILDREN'S DRAMA

My Parents are Aliens - Granada Kids for CiTV
Tracy Beaker BBC Children's - for CBBC
Last Rights Touchpaper Television - for Channel 4


DRAMA SERIAL

Elizabeth I Company Pictures for Channel 4/HBO
To the Ends of the Earth BBC Drama Serials/Power co-production in association with Tightrope Pictures for BBC Two
Bleak House BBC Drama Serials/Deep Indigo for BBC One


DRAMA SERIES

Doctor Who BBC Wales for BBC One
Shameless 2 Company Pictures for Channel 4
Bodies (Series 2) Hat Trick Productions for BBC Three


SINGLE DRAMA

The Government Inspector - Mentorn Productions for Channel 4
A Waste of Shame - BBC Drama Serials for BBC Four
Ahead of the Class - Artists Rights Group Television/World Productions for ITV


SITUATION COMEDY & COMEDY DRAMA

The Thick of It BBC Comedy - for BBC Four
Much Ado About Nothing BBC Drama/BBC Northern Ireland - for BBC One
Peep Show An Objective Production - for Channel 4


SOAP

Coronation Street ITV Productions Manchester - for ITV
Emmerdale ITV Productions Yorkshire - for ITV
EastEnders BBC - for BBC One


WRITER - COMEDY

Brian Dooley - The Smoking Room BBC Comedy - for BBC Three
Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong - Peep Show - An Objective Production for Channel 4
The Thick of It Writing Team - The Thick of It BBC Comedy for BBC Four


WRITER - DRAMA

Paul Abbott - Shameless 2 Company Pictures - for Channel 4
Andrew Davies - Bleak House BBC Drama Serials/Deep Indigo - for BBC One
Jed Mercurio - Bodies (Series 2) Hat Trick Productions - for BBC Three


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