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Finalists announced for 2023 RTS N.I. Television Awards
02 May 2023 : News Desk
Royal Television Society, Northern Ireland
The winners will be announced at the 8th RTS NI Awards Ceremony which takes place on Thursday 1st June at City Hall Belfast.

The Royal Television Society, Northern Ireland (RTS NI) has revealed the 37 nominees shortlisted for this year’s RTS NI Programme Awards.

“What a year it’s been for Northern Ireland on-screen production across all platforms which has been reflected in the quality of entries this year,” said Fiona Campbell, Chair of RTS NI. “All our finalists are great examples of the outstanding content being produced in Northern Ireland which is enjoyed by audiences worldwide. We look forward to coming together at the awards to celebrate the achievements of our people and productions and I wish all the finalists every success on the night.”

“Northern Ireland Screen is delighted to once again support the RTS NI Awards,” added Richard Williams, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Screen. “The RTS is a long standing and prestigious organisation which we are proud to work alongside.  The real joy of this event is that it is a rare, if not unique, opportunity for hugely diverse people and companies that make up the screen industry to celebrate their collective creative output and to see the full scale of the industry.”

The RTS NI Programme Awards 2023 are delivered with support from BBC Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen and Channel 4. 

The Awards Ceremony will be held in Belfast City Hall on Thursday 1st June 2023. The Royal Television Society Northern Ireland Programme Awards 2023 Finalists are as follows:

Childrens and Animation: 

  •  Happy the Hoglet (Paper Owl Films)
  •  ODO (Sixteen South/Letko)
  •  Silverpoint (Zodiak Kids & Family Productions UK)


  •  Derry Girls 3 (Hat Trick Production)
  •  Free Gaff (Green Inc Film & TV)
  •  William of Orangedale (Hat Trick Productions NI)

Current Affairs:

  •  Spotlight: The Babymaker Uncovered (BBCNI)
  •  Spotlight: Police, WhatsApp and Whistleblowers (BBCNI)
  •  Up Close - Home Terror (UTV)


  •  James Joyce's Ulysses (DoubleBand Films and Lone Star Productions)
  •  Quinn Country (Fine Point Films)
  •  The Real Derry: Jamie-Lee O'Donnell (Tyrone Productions)
  •  Young Plato: The Philosophy Boys of Ardoyne (Aisling Productions and Soilsiu Films)


  •  Bloodlands: Series 2 (Hat Trick Productions)
  •  Doineann (DoubleBand Films)
  •  Wreck (Euston Films)


  •  Beauty Queen and Single (Stellify Media)
  •  Live At The Waterfront! (Green Inc Film & TV)
  •  The Belfast Mixtape: Songs from Lockdown (BBCNI)

 Factual Entertainment:

  •  Ceol Le Toal (Big Mountain Productions)
  •  Strawbridge over the Drawbridge (BBCNI)
  •  The Fast and the Farmer-ish (Alleycats TV)


  •  B&B By The Sea (Afro-Mic Productions)
  •  Chronicles of Strangford (Waddell Media)
  •  The Hotel People (Waddell Media)

News Coverage:

  •  BBC Newsline - Cresslough (BBCNI)
  •  UTV Live - Cresslough (UTV)
  •  UTV Live – Dying on the Streets (UTV)

On Screen Talent:

  •  Holly Hamilton (in Victory in Vienna by Clean Slate Productions)
  •  Jamie-Lee O’Donnell (in The Real Derry: Jamie-Lee O’Donnell by Tyrone Production)
  • Theo Dorgan (in An Buachaill Gealgháireach (The Laughing Boy / To Yelasto Paidi by Imagine Media Productions Ltd) 

Original Music Score:

  •  An Buachaill Gealghaireach: The Laughing Boy (Eleni Karaindrou; Imagine Media)
  •  Nowhere Special (Andrew Simon McAllister)
  •  Wreck (Steve Lynch, Noemi Spanos, Chris Baugh, Ryan J Brown; Euston Films, Fremantle Media)

Specialist Factual:

  •  Brian Friel: Shy Man, Showman (Walk on Air Films and Ronachan Films)
  •  Fergal Keane: Living with PTSD (State of Grace Films)
  •  The White Handkerchief (Open Reel Productions)

Tickets for the Awards are available on the RTS website.

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