RTS Programme Awards Announced Tonight: Earthflight And Twenty Twelve Nominated

The Royal Television Society Programme Awards for 2012 will be presented at an Awards Dinner tonight at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. The presentation, which starts at 7pm, will be hosted by comedian, actor and writer Jo Brand. Twenty Twelve and Earthflight, both narrated by David Tennant, are nominated for awards.

Twenty Twelve, the BBC Two spoof documentary series following the committee responsible for ensuring that the approach to the 2012 London Olympic games goes smoothly, is nominated for Best Scripted Comedy, alongside Sky Atlantic’s Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of my Life and Channel 4’s Fresh Meat. Also, programme creator John Morton is shortlisted in the Writer – Comedy section along with the teams responsible for The Thick Of It and Getting On. Finally, Jessica Hynes, who played irritating PR exec Siobhan Sharpe in the series has a nomination in the Comedy Performance section opposite Ruth Jones for Stella and Jack Whitehall for Fresh Meat.

Earthflight from John Downer Productions used innovative camera techniques to get exclusive up close footage of birds all around the world. The six part series is nominated in the Science and Natural History category.

The Royal Television Society is Britain’s leading forum for television and related media. The Awards honour excellence in key genres of television programming, from children's to drama, entertainment and soaps, to comedy performance and documentaries, covering both national and regional output. Held annually, the RTS Programme Awards aim to recognise the work of exceptional actors, presenters, writers and production teams, as well as celebrating the programmes themselves.