‘A tireless champion’ North East television awards honours Robson Green for contributions to the North East
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Actor, presenter and producer Robson Green, began his career back in the late 80s, starring in various film and television roles.
The Hexham born star went on to have hugely successful roles, starring in the likes of Soldier Soldier, Wire In The Blood and Grantchester. Robson also had a briefly successful music career, alongside his Soldier Soldier co-star Jerome Flynn, in which the duo achieved three UK number one hits in the mid 90s.
Robson has also presented various nature and fishing television shows. Most recently, Robson Green’s Weekend Escapes aired on BBC Two and BBCiPlayer. The show, (which consisted of 15 episodes) saw Robson showcasing glorious North East locations, usually alongside a fellow North East celebrity.
Now, the 58-year-old has been recognised and honoured for his work and his contributions to the North East, as at the North East and Border Royal Television Society Awards 2023, Robson received the Outstanding Contribution Award.
When presenting Robson with the award, he was described as a ‘tireless champion of TV production celebrating the North East of England’. Robson accepted the video award via a video link, due to being in Australia. In the video he said: “This award means so much to me. As an actor I’ve helped tell stories. But as a presenter of documentaries I can be me. I’m so proud of the team behind this latest series of Weekend Escapes. It showcases the North East but also the behind the scenes talent.”
The awards ceremony took place on Saturday, February 25 at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead, and was hosted by North East comedian Jason Cook. Other winners included ITV’s Vera for Best Drama, CBBC’s The Dumping Ground for Best Childrens, while Best Factual was picked up by BBC Four documentary Lindisfarne’s Geordie Genius (The Alan Hull Story) which was hosted by Sam Fender.
The coveted Centre Award was given to North East Screen Comedy Hot House, who nurture regional comedy talent both on and off screen.
Awards chair Graeme Thompson said: “There’s real momentum right now in the region’s screen and production sector. We received more than 100 entries for this year’s awards and that reflects the increase in film and tv content being made in this part of the UK. Broadcasters and commissioners are waking up to the unique appeal of the North East and Cumbria as locations to tell universal stories.”