The creative community celebrates Scotland’s TV industry success once again…

May 28, 2015

The second annual Royal Television Society (RTS) Scotland Awards recently celebrated excellence and innovation across a range of genres and crafts in Scotland. Taking place in the stylish surroundings of Glasgow’s Oran Mor, the sell-out event was buzzing as more than 200 guests celebrated Scotland’s television industry, hosted by comedian, Sanjeev Kohli and newscaster, Catriona Shearer.


A wealth of local talent attended, with several Glasgow based production companies picking up awards including Darren Hercher Films for ‘Keys to the Castle’ which the judges described as “elegant and moving storytelling.”

Raise the Roof Productions also picked up an award for ‘Holiday of My Lifetime with Len Goodman’ which the judges viewed as “full of format, with an exceptional presenter and good reinvention of the holiday genre and celebrity blog.”

BBC Two Scotland collected this year’s Innovation Award which was sponsored by Creative Clyde and presented by Creative Clyde representative, George Falconer, for The Queen’s Baton Relay coverage. Chosen for its ethos and ambition the judges were impressed with the creative approaches a small team took to overcoming countless logistical, geographical and technical challenges.

Also honoured on the night; Minnow Films collected the Drama award for Glasgow Girls; It Was Alright In The 70’s from Objective Scotland took the award for Factual Entertainment; and Bob Servant, produced by BBC Scotland Comedy Production, won the Comedy award. The News Coverage award went to Reporting Scotland, while STV News’ Bernard Ponsonby took Television Journalist of the Year for his work on reporting the Referendum.

The RTS Scotland Award, which is given at the discretion of the RTS Scotland Awards committee, was presented to Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, for her outstanding contribution to television.

Presenting the award, Carol Smillie, who has presented many of the titles Elizabeth has produced or commissioned, said, “The recipient of this year’s award has a long track record in production and most recently has been responsible for launching two of Scotland’s newest TV services. She has worked for the BBC, Granada and Disney and spent most of her time at STV.”

“She was appointed Controller of Children’s Programming for STV in 1995.  The department won an RTS Award, a Scottish BAFTA, was nominated for a UK BAFTA as well as a US EMMY. She went on to lead STV’s Network Productions division as managing director, responsible for network production across all genres, including the dramas Taggart and Rebus. She was executive producer on the first Antiques Road Trip which has gone on to become a real hit, now in its twelfth series.

“Beyond the success of all the programmes that tonight’s RTS Scotland award recipient has been involved with, she has a very strong track record in charitable fundraising. She developed Cash for Kids while at Radio Clyde and worked on the ITV Telethon in the early nineties. In 2011, she launched the STV Appeal which works with charities across Scotland to highlight and alleviate child poverty. In its first four years, the Appeal has raised over eight million pounds and made a significant difference to communities and individuals alike.

“Most recently, Elizabeth successfully launched STV’s city TV channels, STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh. These new services reach a million people a month across the central belt, and provide new opportunities for young TV talent to progress in their careers.”

Creative Clyde showed its commitment to the investment of the future of Scottish talent, by providing support to enable the creative input of students working on the Awards programme for the night including the photography, video recording and brochure design.

Once again, the RTS Scotland awards highlighted the breadth of talent within Scotland giving a fantastic boost to raise the profile of TV production in the country.

Creative Clyde is a flourishing and vibrant riverside community where great ideas and creative energy flows. If you are in the creative industry, we’d love for you to get involved. We’ll give you all the help you need to support your business. Whether you’ve got big news to spill, wish to promote your latest exciting event, discuss a thought-provoking topic on our blog or flaunt your business on our showcase or as part of our new Friday Feature – we’d love to help.

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For more information on the awards ceremony and to see the full list of winners, please visit the RTS website.