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Irish Editor Wins At Royal Television Society Craft Awards
28 Nov 2017 : Nathan Griffin
The RTS Craft & Design Awards took place last night in the Hilton London, celebrating the best of craft and design from this year’s UK productions.

Úna Ní Dhonghaile was the winner of best ‘Editing – Drama’ for her work on BBC One’s ‘Three Girls’.  The groundbreaking three part series is based on three young girls who were groomed, sexually abused and trafficked by British Pakistani men in Rochdale and of the failure of the authorities to do anything about it.

Úna Ní Dhonghaile is the leading female editor in Ireland having worked across numerous award-winning shows including: ‘The Missing’, ‘Wallander’, ‘Ripper Street’ and ‘Doctor Who’. This win follows two IFTAs for Best Editing (‘The Crown’, 2017) and Best Documentary (‘The Invisible Man’, 2016).

Other winners on the night included – ‘Taboo’, which starred Tom Hardy, costume designer, Joanna Eatwell, received the prize for Costume Design - Drama; Erika Okvist, Jan Archibald and Audrey Doyle won the Make Up Design - Drama category and the sound team collected the award for Sound - Drama.

‘World War One Remembered: Passchendaele’, which marked the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, secured the Judges’ Award, which recognised the incredibly complex and ambitious nature of the BBC live event series, while Nigel Catmur collected the award for Lighting for Multicamera and the sound team the award for Sound - Entertainment & Non Drama.

The BBC’s nature documentary series, ‘Planet Earth II’, received the Design & Craft Innovation and Photography - Documentary/Factual & Non Drama gongs. ‘White Gold’ (BBC Two) and ‘Three Girls’ (BBC One) also picked-up two prizes each, with Caroline Pitcher receiving the award for Costume Design - Entertainment & Non Drama and Damon Beesley picking up the Director - Comedy Drama/Situation Comedy category for ‘White Gold’. Matt Gray BSC received the Photography - Drama & Comedy award for ‘Three Girls’, alongside co worker Úna Ní Dhonghaile who won Editing – Drama.

Netflix was also a winner on the night with ‘The Crown’s digital effects team, One of Us, taking home the Effects - Digital prize and Joel Collins and James Foster securing the win in the Production Design - Drama category for ‘Black Mirror: Nosedive’.

Julian Jarrold collected the Director - Drama award for his work on ‘The Witness for the Prosecution’ (BBC One) and Dan Edge and Lauren Mucciolo won the Director - Documentary/Factual & Non Drama prize for ‘Last Days Of Solitary’ (BBC Four).

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to sound supervisor Tony Revell, who in a career spanning more than 30 years has worked on shows including ‘Top of the Pops’, ‘Only Fools and Horses’, ‘The Eurovision Song Contest’ and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

Other awards handed out on the night included: Design - Programme Content Sequences which was collected by Made In Colour for Finding My Family - Partition (CBBC); Design -

The RTS Craft & Design Awards are chaired by Lee Connolly, Creative Director at ITV Studios Entertainment. The winners were announced at a ceremony, hosted by comedian and Love Island presenter, Iain Stirling, on Monday 27 November 2017 at the London Hilton, Park Lane.


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