The RTS judges praised the team for “excellent organisation, planning and inventiveness across a whole range of craft skills, from writing to editing, while coping with a very tight cash and performance budget.”
The daytime BBC1 soap produces more than 200 episodes a year, with a budget of less than £50,000 per half hour, but the judges said events such as explosions and car crashes had the look of high budget programmes.
The evening was also a success for Aardman Animation as Nick Park picked up a Lifetime Achievement. Park won his first Oscar in 1990 for his short Creature Comforts before winning a further three Oscars for his Wallace and Grommit creations. The company now has revenue of £50m per year.
Other winners included Mike Eley, who picked up the award for photography in a drama for the BBC One remake of Jane Eyre. The judges said “his work was always in close sympathy with character”.
Hywel Williams and Adrian Harrison won the award for graphic design in titles for the Gilbert and George Night for Sky Creative.
They were praised for “maintaining a sense of fun and in keeping with the spirit of the show”, while the visual special effects award went to Millennium FX/Neil Gorton and Rob Mayor for Bodies-Finale for Hat Trick Productions.
The judges said: “the prosthetics had to be seamless in their anatomical accuracy whilst serving the artistic demands of the story.”
Other awards went to:
Lighting for Multicamera: Dave Davey - Dancing on Ice (Series 2), ITV Productions-Factual London for ITV
Multicamera Work: Paul Kirrage - Dancing on Ice (Series 2), ITV Productions-Factual London for ITV
Photography - Documentary/Factual & Non-Drama: Charlie Hamilton James & Jamie McPherson Wye - Voices From The Valley - Natural World Series, Halcyon Media for BBC
Tape and Film Editing - Drama: Luke Dunkley - Forgiven, Betty for Channel 4
Tape and Film Editing - Documentary/Factual: Ben Brown - The Tower, BBC Factual for BBC One
Tape and Film Editing - Entertainment & Situation Comedy: Ed Tracy, Kayvan Novak, Vicki Kitchingman, Warren Chapman & Joe Haughey (Pogo Films) - Fonejacker, Hat Trick Productions for E4
Costume Design - Entertainment & Non-Drama Productions: Stephen Adnitt - Dancing On Ice (Series 2), ITV Productions-Factual London for ITV
Costume Design - Drama: Ros Little - Ancient Rome: The Rise And Fall Of An Empire, BBC Specialist Factual History Department for BBC One
Sound - Drama: Peter Baldock, Tim White & Cliff Jones - 9/11 The Twin Towers, Dangerous Films for BBC One
Sound - Entertainment & Non-Drama Productions: Paul Paragon, Dominic Muldowney, Gregor Lyon & Ben Baird - War Oratorio, Oxford Film and Television for More4/Channel 4
Production Design - Entertainment & Non-Drama Productions: Clare Patey & Cathy Wren - Human Footprint, Touch Productions for Channel 4
Production Design - Drama: Amelia Shankland - Skins, Company Pictures/Storm Dog Films for Channel 4
Music - Original Score: John Greswell & David Schweitzer - Charlie And Lola 2, Tiger Aspect Productions for CBeebies
Music - Original Title Music: John Lunn - The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, Kudos Film and Television for BBC One
Make Up Design - Entertainment & Non-Drama Productions: Diane Chenery-Wickens - Benidorm, Tiger Aspect Productions for ITV1
Make Up Design - Drama: Marella Shearer - The Mark Of Cain, Red Production Company for Channel 4
Graphic Design - Programme Content Sequences: Ed Tracy, Kayvan Novak, Vicki Kitchingman & Warren Chapman - Fonejacker, Hat Trick Productions for E4
Graphic Design - Trails & Packaging: Hywel Williams, John Sunter, Paul Buckmaster & Adrian Harrison - Philip Glass Night, Sky Creative for BSkyB/Sky Arts
Visual Effects - Picture Enhancement: Kevin Horsewood Pepper Post Production Persuasion, Clerkenwell Films in association with WGBH Boston for ITV
Visual Effects - Digital Effects: Philip Dobree & The Digital Effects Team, Jellyfish Pictures - Fight For Life, BBC/DCTP (Germany)/Discovery for BBC One