Liverpool production company’s BBC hit Moving On and writer Jimmy McGovern win at RTS awards

Producers Colin McKeown and Donna Molloy

LIVERPOOL’S independent film and TV company LA Productions is celebrating after winning a Royal Television Society (RTS) award for its hit BBC drama Moving On.

At a glamorous ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, the company collected the award for the Best Daytime Programme.

Moving On’s creator, local writer, Jimmy McGovern, who wrote Cracker, Hillsborough and Reg, also collected the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

The RTS Programme Awards honours excellence across all genres of television and recognises exceptional actors, presenters, writers and production teams, as well as the TV shows themselves.

The award-winning Moving On episode, ‘Eighteen’, was directed by Reece Dinsdale and stars Prey and Hold The Sunset actor Rosie Cavaliero and Chris Gascoyne, who is best known as Peter Barlow on Coronation Street.

The episode tells the story of Mati, played by Antonio Aakeel, who has lived with his adopted mother Rosie and brother George, portrayed by Leon Harrop, who has Down’s Syndrome, since he was seven years old.

On his 18th  birthday, Mati discovers he is to be deported and panics before going on the run.

Currently shooting its tenth season, Moving On has attracted an incredible roll call of actors, drawn by stellar scripts, many written by first-time writers.

Stars like Sheila Hancock, Neil Morrissey, Joanne Froggatt, Ian Hart, John Simm, Hayley Mills and Samantha Bond have all starred in the TV show.

Producers Colin McKeown and Donna Molloy, writer Vivienne Harvey, actress Rosie Cavaliero, and Jimmy McGovern were at the Park Lane Hotel to collect the award.

The judges’ citation declared the programme to be “massively watchable, diverse and inclusive”.

Producer Colin McKeown was visibly stunned when speaking about the award, which he didn’t expect to win.

He said: “For a daytime programme we’re just over the moon. We make it for thirty bob and a meal voucher.

“It’s incredible. I’m so proud. We’ve all been on a journey making Moving On. It’s been wonderful and a learning experience.

“It’s a real accolade for a local company to win this award, I am over the moon and every talented member of the cast and crew deserves to be applauded.”

The winning episode of Moving On, ‘Eighteen’, will be repeated on BBC One on 29th March at 2.15pm.