An award that should have gone to the E4 drama series Misfits was instead given to the BBC’s Doctor Who, ceremony organisers have admitted.
On Monday, at the Royal Television Society (RTS) Craft & Design Awards, the “Digital Effects Prize” was presented to The Mill for the SFX work on the BBC’s 2010 Doctor Who Christmas episode, A Christmas Carol – which was written by Steven Moffat and starred Matt Smith as the Doctor and Katherine Jenkins as his companion, Abigail.
However, it has now transpired that the RTS voting panel had given the award to the Shadowjack team of Erik Ellefsen, George Kyparissous, Sarah Norton and Jo Amery for their SFX work on the second series of Misfits, which was produced for E4 by Clerkenwell Films, and starred Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Curtis), Antonia Thomas (Alisha), Robert Sheehan (Nathan), Lauren Socha (Kelly) and Iwan Rheon (Simon).
According to BBC News, the RTS has admitted that error came about through an “administrative mistake”, which has now been rectified.
In a statement on its website, the RTS congratulates the Misfits’ team on their work on the science-fiction drama series, adding: “within the demanding time and budgetary constraints of a modest digital channel drama, the visual effects team delivered a level of quality and a volume of work which is rarely seen outside the cinema”.
The RTS has already sent a full apology to the BBC, The Mill, E4 and Clerkenwell Films, saying it “regrets that, through an administrative mistake, the award was presented in error to The Mill for Dr Who ‘A Christmas Carol’ (Series 6) [sic], a BBC Wales production for BBC One at the RTS Craft and Design awards ceremony on 21 November. There was a human error in data entry and steps have been taken to ensure that it cannot happen again”.
Televisual reports that Channel 4 – E4’s parent company – responded, saying: “In their time, those orange-jumpsuited miscreants the Misfits have faced some terrible enemies, including psycho probation worker, video game man, tattoo weirdo and milkboy. But today it emerged they had been attacked by their most deadly foe of all – RTS Not Very Good at Adding Up Man (or possibly woman, no sexism here please!).”
BBC News added that “[an] award will be presented to the winners at a special ceremony in the New Year”.
While Doctor Who lost out on this occasion, the BBC was the top winner at the annual ceremony with its adaptation of The Crimson Petal and The White, which won three awards.