Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Royal Television Society: Opening Doors

Clothworkers’ Central, Speakman Lecture Theatre

The Royal Television Society (RTS) is an educational charity that promotes the art and the science of television. From glamorous award ceremonies to lively debates, we embrace all aspects of television. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the medium, and student membership is free.

Come and find out more about the RTS and about working in the television industry in Yorkshire and beyond from three highly experienced industry practitioners; drama writer Lisa Holdsworth (Midsomer Murders, Ackley Bridge), Development Executive at True North Jo Haddock, and Fiona Thompson, once a Producer and now Deputy Vice Chancellor for Learning & Teaching at York St John University.

Fiona Thompson joined Yorkshire Television in 1987 as a freelancer specialising in religious programming and, in 1994, started teaching others, at University, how to make high quality programmes. She is the Chair of RTS Yorkshire.

Lisa Holdsworth has been a TV Writer for over 15 years, writing on shows such as Fat Friends, Emmerdale, New Tricks, Robin Hood, Waterloo Road, Midsomer Murders and Ackley Bridge. She also writes, directs and produces fringe theatre. Lisa is the Vice Chair of RTS Yorkshire.

Jo Haddock has had roles at Endemol, RDF, Maverick, BBC and Celador, series producing shows such as How To Look Good Naked, Fame Academy, Wife Swap and Changing Rooms. At True North she develops formats, documentaries and series for UK and international broadcasters. Jo is a RTS Yorkshire committee member.


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