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North East & The Border Centre, RTS AWARDS 2005

Category 3: BEST DRAMA OR ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION (up to 50k per hour)

Winner:
EMILY AND THE BABA YAGA
Produced by Siobhan Fenton and Directed by Clive Tonge

Lynchpin Productions


(l to r) Siobhan Fenton, Duncan Bannatyne (Chairman, Bannatyne's Fitness), Clive Tonge

The judges were impressed by the sheer quality of the work entered into this category.

They particularly praised one of many dramas entered — WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE RABBIT — (made by Jane Allen and James McAlleer from SNOWNIFILMS) which maintained high production values throughout, whilst also offering great direction and a truly imaginative storyline.

They also agreed that another entry — this time a documentary — TALL SHIPS RACES 2005 (produced by Mawson and Wareham) was well paced, with some stunning photography and well chosen music. A tight script narrated by Eric Robson helped to ensure that the audience was held for all of its 147 minutes — quite a triumph.

Another drama, THE IF GAME (produced by Chris Taylor from Superkrush Productions) was tense, well acted and beautifully shot.

BORDERS AT WAR (produced by Alistair Moffat of Deerpark Films for ITV Border), was clearly the result of intensive research resulting in excellent archive footage which, combined with superb interviewees, made for a highly entertaining programme.

A very different entry EMILY AND THE BABA YAGA (from Lynchpin Productions) delivered powerful imagery, strong characterisation and meticulous construction.

The panel unanimously agreed that the winner (which also receives the BANNATYNE'S FITNESS TROPHY) was a truly outstanding piece of work. It was EMILY AND THE BABA YAGA from Lynchpin Productions, produced by Siobhan Fenton and directed by Clive Tonge.