Leeds screen star Kay Mellor threatens boycott of TV awards

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Celebrated Leeds-born television writer and producer Kay Mellor has offered to return her Lifetime Achievement Award to the Royal Television Society (RTS) after missing out on a string of gongs at the Society’s regional awards party.

Mrs Mellor made the final shortlist for three awards at the Yorkshire RTS Awards at The Queens Hotel, Leeds, but walked away with nothing – for the second year running – and the disappointment had halted her writing for four days.

Her BBC television series The Syndicate, about groups of Yorkshire workers winning the lottery, was beaten to Best Drama by ITV crime series DCI Banks and, for the same programme, she was pipped to Writer of the Year by Gwyneth Hughes for her BBC drama The Girl. Mrs Mellor’s Weetwood Lane-based company Rollem Productions was also denied in the Best Production Company category by another Leeds-based firm, Roger Keech Productions.

Mrs Mellor, who received an OBE for her services to Drama in 2009, has written to Mike Best, chairman of the Yorkshire branch of the RTS, offering to return the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to her by the Society in 2011.

She said: “This is the second time that I have sat in an awards ceremony at the RTS and been nominated in three categories and not won anything.

“I feel a bit like I have been given a beautiful bride gown and only ever get to play the bridesmaid.

“I was disappointed that I have recognition from abroad, from America, and I don’t get recognition from Yorkshire. I won’t be going to the RTS again or putting any of my team through it. There is no other way but to take it personally.”

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