REG – the TV drama telling the story of Reg Keys’ fight for justice and his election campaign against former Prime Minister Tony Blair – has scooped two top awards.
The drama, aired on the BBC earlier this year and written by Jimmy McGovern, has been awarded the Best Drama and Best Scriptwriter accolade in the Royal Television Society Award North West category.
It had been shortlisted in four categories, but narrowly missed out to the stars of the gripping Happy Valley for the best actress and actor awards.
Jimmy McGovern – famous for creating Brookside, Cracker and the script for the TV drama Hillsborough scooped the Best Scriptwriter gone, while famed Liverpudlian producer Colin McKeown, was presented the award for Best Drama at the glittering star-studded ceremony.
Both men handed the awards to Reg Keys as a tribute to his son – Lance Corporal Thomas Keys – and the five other Red Caps gunned down by an Iraqi mob in 2003.
The awards now take pride of place on Reg’s mantlepiece – either side of the picture of Tom that takes centre stage.
“I’m so proud of the drama and everyone who worked on it and to receive this official praise is just fantastic,” Reg told The Observer.
“The awards help continue to keep Tom’s – and the other Red Caps’ memories alive and it is a real honour to have been handed them by Jimmy McGovern and Colin McKeown.
“I will treasure them forever.”