RTS Awards 2019 winners include Mum and Derry Girls

Tuesday 19th March 2019, 10:26pm

The results of the Royal Television Society Awards 2019 have been revealed, with Lesley Manville, the star of BBC Two's Mum, winning a prize, alongside the sitcom's writer, Stefan Golaszewski.

There were also awards for those involved in Derry Girls, Inside No. 9, The Last Leg and The Big Narstie Show.

The comedy-related winners in full are as following, including videos from those who picked up the prizes:

Scripted Comedy

Derry Girls. Image shows from L to R: Orla McCool (Louisa Harland), Erin Quinn (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), Clare Devlin (Nicola Coughlan), Michelle Mallon (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell), James Maguire (Dylan Llewellyn). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Derry Girls

The judges said the show was "skilful, special and truthful, combining super-smart writing with outstanding acting".

Other nominees: Famalam and Detectorists.

Comedy Performance (Female)

Mum. Cathy (Lesley Manville). Copyright: Big Talk Productions.

Lesley Manville (for Mum)

The judges said: "Extremely funny, nuanced and beautifully balanced" ... "Her performance really did set a new benchmark for excellence in this genre."

Other nominees: Sian Gibson (for Car Share) and Daisy May Cooper (for This Country).

Comedy Performance (Male)

Inside No. 9. Image shows from L to R: Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton. Copyright: BBC.

Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith (for Inside No. 9)

The judges called the work here "astonishing and committed, simply a masterclass in comedy performance at the very highest level".

Other nominees: Samson Kayo (for Famalam) and Alex Murphy & Chris Walley (for The Young Offenders).


The Last Leg

The Last Leg. Image shows from L to R: Alex Brooker, Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe. Copyright: Open Mike Productions.

The judges noted the format was: "Bold and totally brilliant, entertaining its audience with seemingly endless creative inventiveness."

Other nominees: Britain's Got Talent and Don't Hate The Playaz.

Entertainment Performance

The Big Narstie Show. Image shows from L to R: Mo Gilligan, Big Narstie.

Big Narstie and Mo Gilligan (for The Big Narstie Show)

The awards jury noted the duo were: "A complete breath of fresh air, refreshingly raw, authentic and VERY entertaining."

Other nominees: Michael McIntyre (for Michael McIntyre's Big Show) and Jennifer Hudson (for The Voice UK).

Writer (Comedy)

Mum. Image shows from L to R: Cathy (Lesley Manville), Michael (Peter Mullan).

Stefan Golaszewski (for Mum)

The awards panel noted that Golaszewski's writing "just sings throughout this masterfully well observed, beautiful comedy".

Other nominees: Jamie Demetriou and Robert Popper (for Stath Lets Flats), and Lisa McGee (for Derry Girls).


Romesh Ranganathan. Copyright: Rumpus Media.

Romesh Ranganathan (for The Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganathan)

The judges said the comedian "brought genuine originality to every scene, making the whole endeavour distinctive and very special".

Other nominees: Michael Palin (for Michael Palin In North Korea) and Bobby Friction (for Pump Up the Bhangra).

The results of the awards were announced at a ceremony at Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane tonight (Tuesday 19th March).

The Royal Television Society says: "The RTS Programme Awards are one of the gold standard awards for our industry and an important showcase of the extraordinary talent evident across the UK's television industry. The awards seek to recognise programmes which, in the year in question, have made a material and positive contribution to their genre: either because their originality in form or content has in some way moved the genre on, or perhaps created a new genre; or because their quality has set standards which other programme-makers can learn from and emulate."

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