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Winners announced at prestigious RTS Ireland Television Awards 2022

April 13, 2022

RTS Ireland has announced winners in 11 categories at this year’s RTS Ireland Television Awards. Hosted and produced by RTÉ, the ceremony took place in the concert hall of Dublin’s RDS. Juries considered almost 100 entries from across the industry.

Winners were announced this last night at a special event in Dublin’s RDS Concert Hall. Hosted by Blaithnaid Treacy with Nuala Carey, with special guests Villagers and Oliver Callan, and produced by RTÉ, a range of small screen stars gathered with almost 400 industry representatives to celebrate excellence in Irish television over the last year.

Speaking at the announcement of this year’s winners, RTS Ireland Awards Chairperson Niall Cogley said: “Tonight’s winners are testament to an industry that is at the top of its game creatively. Among the nominees we saw inspiring local drama, incisive national news, exceptional Irish-language, sport and children’s content, and great factual and entertainment content made by Irish-based producers and broadcasters for Irish audiences. Among the winners, tonight we have seen the crowning of the best of these, chosen by a jury of peers from almost 100 entries”.

“We are gratified by the enthusiastic participation of so many talented Irish individuals and organisations, who have embraced this Gradaim/RTS Ireland Television Awards event again this year. We were especially excited to finally gather together again as television professionals to pay tribute to the very best Irish television performers producers and contributors. As an educational charity, we are very grateful for the support and enthusiasm of our 40 independent jurors, our patrons RTÉ, Virgin Media Television, TG4, Sky Ireland, the BAI and Screen Ireland, and for the generous category sponsorship from our industry colleagues at, Piranha Bar, Nemeton TV, Egg Post Production, TVM Outside Broadcasts, Windmill Lane, Screenscene/NEP, IMRO and Ardmore Studios.”

BEST DRAMA | with thanks to Screen Ireland

  1. Dalgliesh – New Pictures Ltd [Channel 5]
  2. Hidden Assets – Saffron Moon [RTÉ]
  3. WINNER Smother – Treasure Entertainment Ltd / BBC Studios [RTÉ]

BEST ENTERTAINMENT | with thanks to Piranha Bar

  1. BOWIE: Starman with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra [RTÉ]
  2. WINNER Ireland’s Fittest Family – Animo TV, Kite Entertainment Ltd [RTÉ]
  3. Last Singer Standing – ShinAwiL [RTÉ]
  4. Special Forces – Ultimate Hell Week – Motive Television [RTÉ]
  5. The Deirdre O’Kane Show – Kite Entertainment Ltd [SKY]

BEST FACTUAL SERIES | with thanks to Egg Post Production

  1. MISNEACH – Midas Productions [TG4]
  2. Murder at the Cottage: The Search for Justice for Sophie – Hell’s Kitchen, Dare Films in association with Sky Studios [SKY]
  3. RTÉ Investigates – Who Am I? The story of Ireland’s Illegal Adoptions [RTÉ]
  4. The Case I Can’t Forget – Rare Television Ireland Ltd and Green Inc Film and TV Ltd [RTÉ]
  5. WINNER The Killing of Fr. Niall Molloy – Flawless Films [RTÉ]

BEST FACTUAL SINGLE | with thanks to Nemeton TV

  1. Keelin Shanley: Faraway, Still Close – Scratch Films Ltd. [RTÉ]
  2. Let the Rest of the World Go By – Angelo Films / Ponder [RTÉ]
  3. Síle Seoige: Deireadh Tochta – TYRONE PRODUCTIONS [TG4]
  4. The Irish Wedding – Atom Films [RTÉ]
  5. WINNER Tomorrow Is Saturday – GMarsh TV Productions [RTÉ]

BEST SPORT | with thanks to TVM

  1. 17 Days in The Crucible – Proposition Films [Eir Sport]
  2. Barney Curley: The Man Who Beat The Bookies – True Films [RTÉ, BBC Northern Ireland]
  3. WINNER Finding Jack Charlton – Noah Media Group, Virgin Media, BBC [Virgin Media Television]
  4. Horizon Tokyo – Brick Films [RTÉ]
  5. Rachael Blackmore: A Grand Year – Fifty-Three Six [RTÉ]

BEST NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS | with thanks to

  1. Brexit, the protocol and the fallout 2021 [Sky]
  2. Opening Another Year With COVID [Virgin Media Television]
  3. WINNER RTÉ Investigates – Covid 19 The Third Wave [RTÉ]

BEST ANIMATION | with thanks to Windmill Lane

  1. Adam Saves Christmas – Kavaleer Productions [RTÉ]
  2. Bóin agus Beach – Paper Owl Films [RTÉ]
  3. WINNER Dagda’s Harp – Cardel Entertainment [RTÉ]

BEST SPECIALIST FACTUAL | with thanks to Screenscene

  1. An Cuan – Oddboy Media [TG4]
  2. Jack B. Yeats: The Man Who Painted Ireland – Averner Films [RTÉ]
  3. My Tribe – Mo Threibh – Mind the Gap Films [RTÉ]
  4. Seán Ó Riada – Mo Sheanathair – Táin Media [TG4]
  5. WINNER Voices of Ireland – Red Shoe [Sky]


  1. Critters TV – Turnip + Duck [RTÉ]
  2. WINNER Mo Shaol, Do Shaol – Macalla Teo [TG4]
  3. Na Debs – TicToc Drama – Fibin Media [TG4]
  4. Nova Jones – Friends of Nova – JAM Media [BBC]
  5. Royals Next Door – Ink and Light, Pikkukala Oy, Pikkukala ES & Walking the Dog [RTÉ]

BEST FACTUAL ENTERTAINMENT | with thanks to Ardmore Studios

  1. Eating With The Enemy – Animo TV Productions LTD [Virgin Media Television]
  2. WINNER Gogglebox Ireland – Kite Entertainment Ltd [Virgin Media Television]
  3. Home of The Year – ShinAwiL [RTÉ]
  4. Reeling in the Years 2010-2019 [RTÉ]
  5. The 2 Johnnies Take on – Straywave Media Ltd [RTÉ]


Yazmin Seky


Originally founded in London as the Television Society in 1927, the Irish centre was launched in 1995. The Gradaim/RTS Ireland Television Awards seek to recognise Irish productions and international co-productions which are considered by peer jury members to have made a positive contribution worthy of acclaim by the industry and Irish viewers. RTS Awards are one of the international gold standard awards for the TV industry and an important showcase of the extraordinary talent evident across the country’s television industry.

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