‘National Treasure’ Dominates 2017 RTS Programme Awards With Four Nominations
Robbie Coltrane’s Return To The Small Screen Sells to Multiple International Broadcasters
Made with Investment from Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund
Channel 4’s National Treasure dominates this year’s prestigious Royal Television Society Programme Awards shortlist with four nominations. The four part drama which debuted to acclaim from audiences and critics last autumn has been nominated in four categories including Best Mini-Series.
Julie Walters and Robbie Coltrane each receive a nomination for Best Actor and BAFTA-winning Jack Thorne also receives a nomination for Best Writer.
The news coincides with sales agent All3Media International announcing deals with a slew of international broadcasters including; ABC for Australia and New Zealand and Super Channel for Canada. In Europe, public broadcasters NRK in Norway, YLE in Finland, Ireland’s RUV and HRT in Croatia acquired National Treasure, with Comunidad Filmin taking rights for the series in Spain.
The shortlist reflects a strong 2017 for TV production in Yorkshire with BBC One’s Happy Valley receiving two nods for best Drama Series & Best Writer (Sally Wainwright) and Sheffield’s Very Much So Productions getting a nomination for Best Single Documentary for Hillsborough.
The awards will take place on Tuesday 21st March at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.
Just over 3m viewers tuned in to watch Robbie Coltrane’s much anticipated return to the small screen in September 2016, making it Channel 4’s third most watched programme of the year. National Treasure, directed by BAFTA-winning director Marc Munden, filmed extensively across the region as a result of investment from Screen Yorkshire.
BAFTA-winner Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter, Cracker, Tutti Frutti) plays Paul Finchley, one half of a much-loved comedy double act. But, in the face of accusations of historic sexual offences from the 1990s, the life of this adored comedian begins to unravel. Julie Walters (Harry Potter, Mo, Indian Summers, Brooklyn) plays Paul’s wife Marie and Andrea Riseborough (The Devil’s Whore, Birdman, Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley) plays Dee, Paul’s troubled daughter.
National Treasure filmed on location at a range of Yorkshire locations, including Leeds (Town Hall, Headlingley and Colton) Harrogate (Fulwith Mill Lane and Stone Rings Lane), Scarborough (South Bay Beach), Bradford (City Hall, Magistrates Court and City Park), Hull Old Town (Lowgate) and Wakefield (County Hall, Normanton and Pontefract).
National Treasure was produced by The Forge Entertainment in association with Screen Yorkshire, Lip Sync Productions and the support of the Yorkshire Content Fund. All3Media International is handling sales.