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Winners announced at regional television awards

Published on Monday, 12th March 2018

The television community of the West of England turned out in force on Sunday 11th March to celebrate their work over the last twelve months. The Royal Television Society West of England Awards in association with Evolutions Bristol took place at the Bristol Old Vic with a gala ceremony hosted by comedy actress Kerry Howard (Witless, Him and Her). Guests included Nick Knowles and Mark Millar from DIY SOS, presenters Kate Humble, Gillian Burke, Patrick Aryee, Monty Halls and the three female leads from critically acclaimed BBC One drama Three Girls (Molly Windsor, Liv Hill and Ria Zmitrowicz).

BBC Studios Unscripted Productions had a successful evening, scooping seven awards for a range of its shows including Extreme Wives with Kate Humble for Documentary, Nadiya’s British Food Adventure for Factual Entertainment and Steve Brown from Countryfile for New On Screen Talent, plus a few craft awards for Drugsland, a gritty documentary shot on the streets of Bristol.

The drama categories were dominated by Three Girls (BBC Studios in association with Studio Lambert), based on the Rochdale child sexual abuse scandal, which took home five awards including Best Drama, Editor, Cinematography, Director and Composer. BBC Studios The Natural History Unit received three awards for landmark series Blue Planet II and an award for Children’s for its CBBC series The Zoo, but it was Keo West who triumphed in the Natural History category for its film, Rise of the Warrior Apes, about an extraordinary troop of chimpanzees in Ngogo,Uganda.

In News, Fiona Lamdin (BBC Points West) was awarded best News Reporter for ‘her persistence and skill in instilling confidence in her contributors’. Inside Out (BBC West) won for News Coverage for its ‘powerful, original journalism, which made a real difference’.

Sherrie Eugene-Hart received the Ambrose Fleming Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to television in the region. Sherrie is arguably one of Bristol’s best known faces of local broadcasting; she began her career more than 25 years ago as an HTV weather girl, moving over to the evening news show as an anchor and going on to present one of the broadcaster’s long running favourites - the Good Neighbour Show. Sherrie was one of the
first people to use sign language on British TV and she has signed for a host of broadcasters and community and charitable causes.