TV students scoop award for charity shop fashion show
A group of Television Production students from Staffordshire University is celebrating after winning a top industry award.
Final year BSc (Hons) Television Production Technology students Carla Bithell, Dave Morgan and Nathan Riley were recognised at The Royal Television Society Awards for their fashion television programme Wardrobe Wars which scooped the prize in the Comedy and Entertainment category.
The studio based show challenges two fashion designers to find the most stylish outfit bought at a charity shop and was described by the judges as ‘a fantastic, broadcastable idea’.
The RTS Media Centre’s Student Awards seeks out up and coming talent from across the region and trio was presented with their award by Harry Potter and The Fast Show star Mark Williams at a ceremony in Birmingham.
“To be nominated amongst the calibre of talent that was there is a huge honour alone, but to actually win is something else entirely. It's going to take a few weeks for this to sink in." explained winner Dave Morgan.
"I’d like to thank the cast and crew for all their hard work throughout the planning weeks and the actual show, they were all brilliant.
Fellow winner Carla Bithell added: “The lecturers were really supportive and helped with ideas throughout pre-production. It’s been great to get hands on experience of using the studio space and top range equipment like the hi-tech cameras.
“I’m graduating next year and want to work on studios shows so having this experience and now an award will really help me.”
This is the third time that students from the TV studio module have won an industry recognised Royal Television Society award and the module has been nominated a further three times for the industry led teaching practice award.
Fiona Graham Award Leader of BSc Hons Television Production Technology said: “The team worked exceptionally hard to deliver a television programme of industry standard - from concept through to actual execution - which the judges felt was fit for broadcast.
“It’s excellent news and we wish them all every success when they graduate next summer. To be industry recognised now is a wonderful achievement for the students.”
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