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Yorkshire Comes Out Top for UK Drama at National RTS Awards

Yorkshire earned its stripes as the UK’s leading region for TV drama last night, as productions including National Treasure, Happy Valley and Emmerdale swept the board at the national RTS Programme Awards 2017. 

Screen Yorkshire backed National Treasure (Channel 4, The Forge) was one of the top winners of the night, beating off stiff competition from London Spy and Thirteen to win the coveted Best Mini-Series award, praised by the judges for its “Brilliant writing and stunningly crafted direction” , lead male Robbie Coltrane took Best Actor and Julie Walters, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sally Joynson, Chief Executive at Screen Yorkshire says: ”This is fantastic news for the region and further evidence that Yorkshire is at the forefront of the UK’s rapidly growing film & TV sector. We are particularly thrilled to have been involved in bringing ‘National Treasure’ to the small screen and Yorkshire. The combination of bold storytelling, high production values and some of the best talent that Britain has to offer, made it a very special project and we anticipate that it will continue to hold resonance with audiences around the world.’’


Hit BBC series Happy Valley (Red Production Company) won Best Drama and Leeds based Sally Wainwright took home Best Writer for the drama, as well as the Judges’ Award. “A series that manages to be real and deeply human, with subtle compassionate writing and exceptional performances across the board.”

Emmerdale, produced in ITV’s Leeds TV centre, won the coveted Best Soap and Continuing Drama.

The RTS Programme Awards 2017 took place on Tuesday 21st March at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.
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National Treasure is now set to hit audiences across the globe as All3Media International announced a slew of deals with international broadcasters earlier this week. Directed by BAFTA-winning director Marc Munden, it filmed extensively across Yorkshire as a result of investment from Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund and became Channel 4’s most watched drama of 2016.

Filming locations included: 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.

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.

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