IT may not be the Baftas, but one dad-of-three is celebrating after scooping the student TV equivalent.
Champagne corks are popping as UCLan masters student David Lambie stole the show at the North West Royal Television Society (RTS) Student Awards.
The event, recognises the best in student talent across the region in five categories: animation, factual, comedy and entertainment, drama and open and was hosted by former Kirkham Grammar School scholar-turned TV presenter and journalist, Ranvir Singh, who is also a UCLan Honorary Fellow.
The 48-year-old dad of three from Thornton Clevely’s, was part of an animation shortlist made up entirely of UCLan students.
He won for his silent comedy film in the style of the early 20th Century cinema that sees Dr Frankenstein create a daughter before sending her on a series of disastrous blind dates.
David will now go on to represent the region in the national finals in June. He said: “It hasn’t really sunk in yet.
“To win is a brilliant feeling and to now be representing the North West is an honour.
“My children’s reactions when I told them I’d won were fantastic.
“It’s something that I can now add to my CV and it’s also made me more determined to secure a job in the animation industry.”
Judges were impressed with the quirkiness of the film and said: “ This was a very different entry with old school graphics, superb sound, effects and excellent music. It had great depth and they were very impressed by the quality”
David, who has also worked as a technical clerk, computer technician and self-employed fruit and vegetable man before to pursuing his studies, was up against fellow MA Animation student Jordan King-McCoy and current final year undergraduate student Frances Humphries in the Animation category.