New science show steals the limelight at national TV awards

Friday 23 November 2012

A science themed entertainment show created by students from Staffordshire University has won a Royal Television Society Award in front of a star-studded audience in Birmingham.

Bang Science, which entertains and informs young people about science, picked up the Best Entertainment award at the Royal Television Society Student Awards 2012 on November 22.

The group of BSc(Hons) Film Production Technology students from Staffordshire University were presented with the award on stage in front of industry professionals including the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, by actor David Harewood from the critically acclaimed US drama series Homeland.

Aerodynamics, warm ice and goats with accents were just some of the features appearing in the pilot episode of Bang Science which included pupils from Weston Road Academy and Walton High School, Stafford.

Bang Science director, Sean Bastow, 21, from Lincolnshire, said: "It was a fantastic result for us as a group, a lot of hard worked has been rewarded and it has come as a surprise to us as we were delighted to be nominated alongside good competition.

"The success of the show at the Royal Television Society awards is real boost to our prospects and we are very proud to be putting the University and ourselves on the map."

"We now hope to head to London for the national awards event and we can't wait." Sean added.

Comedy Gigs, a short about one man's attempt to step up to the mic, created by Staffordshire University BSc(Hons) Film Production Technology graduate Brendan Goss came runner up in the same category.

Earlier this year Staffordshire University picked up both Best Animation and Best Entertainment in the Royal Television Awards 2011 for the animated short Zero G, created by cousins James Wilkinson and Sam Renton and experimental short A/S/L by Roberta Spain.

Fiona Graham, award leader for the BSc (Hons) Television Production awards , said: "From the earliest development stage through to production we teach our students to a level where they would be work ready for any television studio or production house and our continuing success is a fantastic achievement.

"Bang Science brings fun and energy to a topical subject for young people and It is wonderful to see the University's productions are right up there with the very best from across the Midlands."

Paul Ottey, lecturer in BSc(Hons) Film Production Technology, said: "With the award coming so soon after we secured creative skill set accreditations for both the Film Production Technology and Digital Film courses this is a proud moment for the university."