Broadcasting Press Guild TV and Radio Awards 2012

Rev wins 4 prizes

The BBC Two comedy series Rev has won four prizes at the 38th annual Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, voted for by those who write about TV and radio. The Awards will be presented later today at a lunch at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. (Full list of winners below.)

Rev picked up the awards for best comedy/entertainment; the writer’s award (for Tom Hollander and James Wood); and two awards for one of its stars, Olivia Colman – best actress and the Breakthrough Award, for her role as vicar’s wife Alex Smallbone in Rev and also as Nancy Ronstadt in Exile.

BBC Two also won awards for best single drama – Eric & Ernie – and best factual entertainment – The Choir: Military Wives, featuring Gareth Malone.

Dominic West was named best actor for his roles as Hector Madden in The Hour and as Fred West in ITV1’s Appropriate Adult, which also won the award for best drama series.

BBC One won both the documentary awards. Panorama: Undercover Care – The Abuse Exposed was voted best single documentary and Frozen Planet, narrated by David Attenborough, was named best documentary series.

BBC Radio 4 won the award for best radio programme – Archive on 4 – and for radio broadcaster of the year, awarded to sound recordist Chris Watson, in special recognition of The Wire

Sky One drama series Mad Dogs – starring Max Beesley, Philip Glenister, John Simm and Marc Warren – won the BPG multichannel award. And the innovation award has gone to Monterosa Productions & Remarkable Television, for their online game accompanying Channel 4’s Million Pound Drop – “a hugely popular play-along internet game that has grabbed viewers’ attention and driven audience interaction like never before.”

The BPG awards are being presented at a lunch today (Friday) at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The lunch is again sponsored by Dave, TV’s “home of witty banter”, one of ten channels broadcast by leading multi-channel operator UKTV: The invitation-only ceremony will be attended by the winners and leading broadcasting executives.

Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander and James Wood from Rev will be at the awards lunch, as will Victoria Wood who produced and starred in Eric and Ernie, and Daniel Rigby who played Eric Morecambe. Gareth Malone will attend, with two of the ‘Military Wives’. And the founder and chairman of Hartswood Films, Beryl Vertue, will be there to pick up the Harvey Lee award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting.

Dave’s General Manager, Steve North, said: “The Broadcasting Press Guild recognises high quality, innovative and genre-defining programmes – all qualities that we are committed to commissioning and acquiring, like the new series of Red Dwarf or Alexander Armstrong’s Big Ask. Therefore, Dave is delighted to once again be sponsoring the prestigious BPG Awards.”

For more information, or to send a photographer, reporter or crew,
please contact:
Torin Douglas, Broadcasting Press Guild
07860 422992

Twitter: #bpgawards

For exclusive clips and interviews from the red carpet courtesy of the Dave Weekly podcast team please contact:
Caroline Rae
Communications Assistant, UKTV
020 7299 6107

Editor’s notes:
1. The Broadcasting Press Guild was founded in 1974 and has more than 120 members – all journalists who specialise in writing and broadcasting about television, radio and the media in general. They include media correspondents, reviewers, previewers and feature writers from the major national newspapers, broadcasters and leading trade journals.

2. Harvey Lee was a leading light of the BPG, who died at the tragically early age of 41, and the award for outstanding achievement has been given in his memory every year since 1992.

3. Details of the nominations, previous BPG Awards and the event sponsor, Dave, “the home of witty banter”, can be found at:, together with pictures and video of previous awards ceremonies and more on the history of the Harvey Lee Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting Award.

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38th Broadcasting Press Guild TV and Radio Awards – The winners

Best Single Drama
Eric and Ernie
(A BBC Wales and Blue Door Adventures production for BBC Two)

Best Drama Series
Appropriate Adult
(ITV Studios production for ITV1)

Best Single Documentary
Panorama: Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed
(A BBC Current Affairs production for BBC One)

Best Documentary Series
Frozen Planet
(A BBC, Discovery Channel, Antena 3 Television S.A., ZDF, Skai and Open University co-production with Discovery Canada)

Best Comedy/Entertainment
(Big Talk Productions for BBC Two)

Best Factual Entertainment
The Choir: Military Wives
(A Twenty Twenty production for BBC Two)

Best Multichannel Programme
Mad Dogs
(A Left Bank Pictures production for Sky One)

Best Actor
Dominic West
(Fred West in Appropriate Adult, for ITV1, and
Hector Madden in The Hour, for BBC Two)

Best Actress
Olivia Colman
(Alex Smallbone in Rev, for BBC Two, and
Nancy Ronstadt in Exile, for BBC One)

Breakthrough Award
Olivia Colman
(Alex Smallbone in Rev, for BBC Two, and
Nancy Ronstadt in Exile, for BBC One)

Writer’s Award
James Wood and Tom Hollander
(Rev, Big Talk Productions for BBC Two)

Radio Broadcaster of the Year
Chris Watson
(In recognition of The Wire, produced for BBC Radio 4)

Radio Programme of the Year
Archive on 4
(A BBC Radio production for BBC Radio 4)

Innovation Award
Monterosa Productions & Remarkable Television for the online game linked to Channel 4’s The Million Pound Drop)

Harvey Lee Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting
Beryl Vertue, founder and chairman, Hartswood Films