Andrew Davies honoured by TV journalists to mark 40 years of the Broadcasting Press Guild

The television dramatist Andrew Davies, whose adaptations of House of Cards, 
Pride and Prejudice and Bleak House became worldwide hits, is to be honoured 
later this week by journalists who write about TV for a living.

On Friday (March 28th) he will be given the Harvey Lee Award for an outstanding 
contribution to broadcasting at the 40th Broadcasting Press Guild Awards lunch. 
The ceremony, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, is sponsored by the Discovery 
Channel, which celebrates its own 25th anniversary this year. 
http://www.discoveryuk.com/

The BPG Awards are highly prized by programme-makers because they are selected 
independently by journalists who write about TV and radio – correspondents, 
critics and previewers. The awards lunch will be attended by the winners, BPG 
members and leading broadcasting executives. www.broadcastingpressguild.org

Andrew Davies has created more BPG award-winning programmes than anyone else in 
the Guild's 40-year history. 

He first made his name with contemporary dramas for the BBC such as A Very 
Peculiar Practice (1986/88), Mother Love (1989) and House of Cards (1990) from 
the novel by Michael Dobbs - which is now making waves in the digital space, 
thanks to Netflix's exclusive streaming of the US version starring Kevin Spacey. 
He won the BPG's best writer award in 1993.

Andrew Davies became better known for his adaptations of a string of classic 
costume dramas, beginning with the BBC's hugely popular Pride and Prejudice 
(1995, starring Colin Firth as Mr Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennett). 
It won the BPG award the following year for best drama series and Colin Firth 
was named best actor.

Then came Wives and Daughters (1999), which won the BPG awards for best drama 
series and best actress (Justine Waddell). The Way We Live Now (2001) won the 
BPG awards for best drama series and best actor (David Suchet). The same year, 
Davies wrote Othello - a modern-day drama based on Shakespeare's characters, for 
ITV - which was named best single drama.  Daniel Deronda (2002) won the BPG's 
award for best drama series.

In 2006, his dramatisation of Bleak House, broadcast in 15 half-hour episodes on 
BBC One immediately after EastEnders, won the BPG awards for best drama series, 
best actor (Charles Dance) and best actress (Gillian Anderson).

Other memorable dramas by Andrew Davies include Middlemarch, Tipping the Velvet, 
Little Dorrit, South Riding and, currently, Mr Selfridge for ITV. He is 
currently adapting War and Peace for the BBC.

Andrew Davies will be attending the awards lunch on Friday with his wife.

You can read a history of the Broadcasting Press Guild, including a full list of 
winners over the past 40 years, and see pictures and videos of previous awards 
ceremonies at:
http://www.broadcastingpressguild.org/2014/03/25/history-of-the-broadcasting-press-guild/

Pictures of some shows available on request.

Notes to editors:

1. The winners will be announced at the 40th BPG Awards lunch in the beautifully 
restored Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Friday March 28th 2014. The Harvey Lee 
Award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting, which is in the gift of the 
BPG Executive Committee, will be presented as well. Winners will be informed in 
advance and places at the lunch are by invitation only.

2. The Broadcasting Press Guild was founded in 1974 and has more than a hundred 
members. They are journalists who specialise in covering television, radio and 
the media, and include critics, previewers, media correspondents and feature 
writers from national newspapers, broadcasters and leading trade journals and 
websites.

3. BPG Best Actress winners during the Guild's 40 years include Dame Eileen 
Atkins, Dame Helen Mirren, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Gillian Anderson, Vanessa 
Redgrave, Maxine Peake, Anne-Marie Duff, Dame Diana Rigg, Zoe Wanamaker, Gina 
McKee, Julie Walters, Olivia Colman and Juliet Stevenson.

4. The Best Actor award has gone to Sir Kenneth Branagh, Colin Firth, Sir Alec 
Guinness, Albert Finney, Charles Dance, Robert Hardy, Jim Broadbent, Christopher 
Ecclestone, Benedict Cumberbatch and Dominic West among others (see more details 
and photos at http://www.broadcastingpressguild.org/.)

Further information from Torin Douglas, BPG:  torindouglas@aol.com or 07860 
422992

 

Broadcasting Press Guild: 40th TV & Radio Awards

News release – TV nominations – EMBARGOED till 0001 Thursday February 20th 2014

Channel 4 and BBC Two have dominated the nominations for the 40th annual Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, sponsored by Discovery Channel, to be presented next month at a lunch in central London.

Channel 4 has 10 nominations, including all four programmes shortlisted for best single documentary – Dogging Tales, The Murder Trial, Richard III: The King in the Car Park and Syria: Across the Lines.

BBC Two has nine nominations, including two of the finalists for best drama series – The Fall and Top of the Lake, which will compete for that prize with ITV’s Broadchurch.

In the best actor category, Broadchurch’s David Tennant is up against Peter Mullan from Top of the Lake, Rory Kinnear of Channel 4′s Southcliffe and Chiwetel Ejiofor from BBC Two’s Dancing on the Edge.

Olivia Colman from Broadchurch is nominated as best actress, alongside Elisabeth Moss from Top of the Lake, Gillian Anderson from The Fall and Maxine Peake for The Village.

The writer’s award will be a tussle between Jane Campion & Gerard Lee (Top of the Lake), Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch), Allan Cubitt (The Fall) and Sally Wainwright (BBC One’s Last Tango in Halifax).

The BPG awards, sponsored by Discovery Channel for the second consecutive year, are highly prized by programme-makers because they are selected independently by journalists who write about TV and radio – correspondents, critics and previewers. The 40th annual awards lunch, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, will be attended by the winners, BPG members and leading broadcasting executives.

Simon Schama’s The Story of the Jews on BBC Two is shortlisted for best documentary series, with BBC Three’s The Call Centre and Channel 4′s Educating Yorkshire.

Channel 4′s Black Mirror: Be Right Back is nominated for best single drama, alongside BBC Four’s Burton and Taylor and BBC Two’s The Wiper’s Times. In the best entertainment/comedy category, Channel 4′s Fresh Meat and Toast will compete with BBC Two’s Ambassadors and BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing.

BBC Two’s Great British Bake Off will compete for the best factual entertainment award with Channel 4′s Gogglebox and ITV’s Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs. The Multichannel Award will be contested by Dave’s Crackanory, Sky Atlantic’s The Tunnel, Shaun Ryder on UFOs (History) and Sky 1′s Yonderland.

The Breakthrough Award – for people or organisations who attained a new level of success in 2013 – will be contested by BT Sport, for the successful launch of a challenger TV brand; Jamie Dornan (The Fall) and Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary). The nominees for the Innovation Award are Googlebox, for an innovative programme format; Netflix, for programming and distribution innovation; and Sky TV, for 25 years of innovation.

The shortlists for Radio Broadcaster of the Year and Radio Programme of the Year will be announced in a week’s time.

Notes to editors:

1. The winners will be announced at the 40th BPG Awards lunch in the beautifully restored Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Friday March 28th 2014. The Harvey Lee Award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting, which is in the gift of the BPG Executive Committee, will be presented as well. Winners will be informed in advance and places at the lunch are by invitation only.

2. The Broadcasting Press Guild was founded in 1974 and has more than a hundred members. They are journalists who specialise in covering television, radio and the media, and include critics, previewers, media correspondents and feature writers from national newspapers, broadcasters and leading trade journals and websites.

3. BPG Best Actress winners during the Guild’s 40 years include Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Helen Mirren, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Gillian Anderson, Vanessa Redgrave, Maxine Peake, Anne-Marie Duff, Dame Diana Rigg, Zoe Wanamaker, Gina McKee, Julie Walters, Olivia Colman and Juliet Stevenson.

4. The Best Actor award has gone to Kenneth Branagh, Colin Firth, Sir Alec Guinness, Albert Finney, Charles Dance, Robert Hardy, Jim Broadbent, Christopher Ecclestone, Benedict Cumberbatch and Dominic West among others (see more details and photos at http://www.broadcastingpressguild.org/.)

Further information from Torin Douglas, BPG: torindouglas@aol.com or 07860 422992

The full list of TV nominations is:

Best Single Drama
Black Mirror: Be Right Back (Channel 4)
Burton and Taylor (BBC Four)
The Wipers Times (BBC Two)

Best Drama Series
Broadchurch (ITV)
The Fall (BBC Two)
Top of the Lake (BBC Two)

Best Single Documentary
Dogging Tales (Channel 4)
The Murder Trial (Channel 4)
Richard III: The King in the Car Park (Channel 4)
Syria: Across the Lines (Channel 4)

Best Documentary Series
The Call Centre (BBC Three)
Educating Yorkshire (Channel 4)
The Story of the Jews (BBC Two)

Best Entertainment/Comedy
Ambassadors (BBC Two)
Fresh Meat (Channel 4)
Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One)
Toast (Channel 4)

Best Multichannel Programme
Crackanory (Dave)
Shaun Ryder on UFOs (History)
The Tunnel (Sky Atlantic)
Yonderland (Sky 1)

Best Factual Entertainment
Gogglebox (Channel 4)
Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs (ITV)
The Great British Bake Off, series 4 (BBC Two)

Best Actor
Chiwetel Ejiofor – Dancing on the Edge (BBC Two)
Rory Kinnear – Southcliffe (Channel 4)
Peter Mullen – Top of the Lake (BBC Two)
David Tennant – Broadchurch (ITV)

Best Actress
Gillian Anderson – The Fall (BBC Two)
Olivia Colman – Broadchurch (ITV)
Elisabeth Moss – Top of the Lake (BBC Two)
Maxine Peake – The Village (BBC One)

Best Writer
Jane Campion & Gerard Lee– Top of the Lake (BBC Two)
Chris Chibnall – Broadchurch (ITV)
Allan Cubitt – The Fall (BBC Two)
Sally Wainwright – Last Tango in Halifax (BBC One)

Breakthrough Award
BT Sport (successful launch of a challenger TV brand)
Jamie Dornan (The Fall)
Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary)

Innovation Award
Gogglebox – for an innovative programme format
Netflix – for programming and distribution innovation
Sky Television –for 25 years of innovation

Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall take acting honours as Parade’s End wins 4 prizes

The BBC Two drama series Parade’s End has won four prizes at the 39th annual Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, voted for by journalists who write about TV and radio. BBC Two also won four of the other awards, which are being presented today (Thursday) at a lunch in the Gladstone Library at One Whitehall Place in central London. (Full list of winners below.)

Benedict Cumberbatch was named best actor, for his roles as Christopher Tietjens in Parade’s End and Sherlock Holmes in BBC One’s Sherlock. Rebecca Hall was voted best actress for her role as Tietjens’ wife Sylvia, in the First World War drama.

Parade’s End also won the award for best drama series and the BPG writer’s award, which went to Sir Tom Stoppard, who adapted the novels by Ford Madox Ford. Cumberbatch, Hall and Stoppard are all due to attend the awards lunch, with executives from the BBC and Mammoth Screen, which produced the series.

The ITV documentary which exposed Jimmy Savile and helped plunge the BBC into crisis, won the award for best single documentary. Exposure: the Other Side of Jimmy Savile led to a national inquiry into child abuse and a chain of events that resulted in the departure of the BBC director-general George Entwistle.

John Humphrys, whose interview with Mr Entwistle on Radio 4’s Today was instrumental in the director-general’s resignation that evening, won the Harvey Lee Award for an outstanding contribution to broadcasting. John has been a BBC reporter, presenter and interviewer for more than 40 years, and the citation says “his tenacious interviewing of politicians and others in the news has made his name a byword for fearless inquisition.”

John’s colleague Charlotte Green, who has stepped down after 25 years as a Radio 4 newsreader and announcer, was named radio broadcaster of the year. The award for best radio programme also went to Radio 4, for the series Soul Music which explores music with a powerful emotional impact.

Three awards marked the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012. The BBC won the innovation award for its live and catch-up coverage of all 304 events at the Olympics, across multiple platforms and devices. Presenters Huw Edwards and Gabby Logan are due to attend the lunch and receive the award with senior BBC executives responsible for the output.

The BBC Two comedy series Twenty Twelve – showing how preparations for the Olympics could go horribly wrong, with what the judges called “an uncanny ability to predict real-life events” – won the best comedy/entertainment award.

And Channel 4’s Adam Hills won the breakthrough award for his nightly Paralympics show, The Last Leg, which gave an alternative view of the day’s events.

BBC Two also won the awards for best single drama (The Hollow Crown: Richard II), best documentary series (Inside Claridge’s) and best factual entertainment (Great British Bake Off).

The multichannel award went to Dynamo: Magician Impossible, featuring Steve Frayne, on UKTV’s Watch channel.

The awards are sponsored by Discovery Channel which is part of Discovery Networks. Discovery Networks has 12 channel brands in the UK reaching 11.8 million people every week covering factual, lifestyle and entertainment programming. www.discoveryuk.com.

The invitation-only ceremony at One Whitehall Place is attended by the winners, BPG members and leading broadcasting executives.

For more information, please contact:
Torin Douglas, Broadcasting Press Guild, 07860 422992
Twitter: #bpgawards

For exclusive video clips and photographs, or to send a photographer, reporter or crew, please contact:
Caroline Watt, Senior Publicity Manager, Discovery Networks
caroline_watt@discovery.com

020 8811 3584, m: 07879 474223

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, Discovery Channel, can be found at: http://www.broadcastingpressguild.org, together with pictures and video of previous awards ceremonies and more on the history of the Harvey Lee Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting Award.

39th Broadcasting Press Guild TV and Radio Awards – The winners

Best Single Drama
The Hollow Crown: Richard II
(A Neal Street Productions co-production with NBC Universal and WNET Thirteen for BBC Two)

Best Drama Series
Parade’s End
(A Mammoth Screen production for the BBC, in association with HBO Miniseries & Trademark Films, BBC Worldwide and Lookout Point /more

Best Single Documentary
Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile
(An ITV Studios production for ITV1)

Best Documentary Series
Inside Claridge’s
(Produced by The Garden for BBC Two)

Best Entertainment/Comedy
Twenty Twelve
(A BBC Comedy production for BBC Two)

Best Factual Entertainment
The Great British Bake Off
(A Love West production for BBC Two)

Best Multichannel Programme
Dynamo: Magician Impossible
(Phil McIntyre Productions for UKTV’s Watch)

Best Actor
Benedict Cumberbatch
(Christopher Tietjens in Parade’s End for BBC Two, and Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock for BBC One)

Best Actress
Rebecca Hall
(Sylvia Tietjens in Parade’s End for BBC Two)

Breakthrough Award
Adam Hills
(The Last Leg, during the 2012 Paralympics on Channel 4)

Writer’s Award
Sir Tom Stoppard
(Parade’s End, from the novels by Ford Madox Ford, for BBC Two)

Radio Broadcaster of the Year
Charlotte Green
(Newsreader and announcer for BBC Radio 4)

Radio Programme of the Year
Soul Music
(A BBC A&M Bristol production for BBC Radio 4)

Innovation Award
BBC Olympics 2012
(In recognition of the first truly multi-platform, multi-device, digital Olympics)

Harvey Lee Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting
John Humphrys
(BBC reporter, interviewer and presenter, in special recognition of his work for BBC Radio 4’s Today programme)

John Humphrys to receive the Harvey Lee Award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting

John Humphrys, of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, will receive one of broadcasting’s most prestigious awards today at a lunch in central London. He has won the Broadcasting Press Guild’s annual Harvey Lee Award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting.

The BPG awards are voted for by journalists who write about TV and radio, and will be presented today (Thursday) at a lunch in the Gladstone Library at One Whitehall Place in central London. Names of the other winners will be revealed at the lunch (see separate release embargoed till 12 Noon Thursday March 14th).

The TV nominations were announced last month, here:

and the radio nominations here:

John Humphrys has been a BBC reporter, presenter and interviewer for more than 40 years. He joined Today as a presenter in January 1987 and has also worked as a BBC foreign correspondent in America and Africa, a diplomatic correspondent and presenter of the Nine O’Clock News. The award citation says “his tenacious interviewing of politicians and others in the news has made his name a byword for fearless inquisition.”

The award comes at the end of a year in which his Today interview with his boss, the BBC director-general George Entwistle, about the handling of the Jimmy Savile scandal led directly to Mr Entwistle’s resignation that evening.
The award is given in memory of Harvey Lee, a leading light of the BPG, who died at the tragically early age of 41, and will be presented by his widow Marilyn. Previous recipients include Sir David Frost, Sir Terry Wogan, Melvyn Bragg, Charles Wheeler, Beryl Vertue and Michael Grade.

The awards are sponsored by Discovery Channel which is part of Discovery Networks. Discovery Networks has 12 channel brands in the UK reaching 11.8 million people every week covering factual, lifestyle and entertainment programming.

The invitation-only ceremony at One Whitehall Place is attended by the winners, BPG members and leading broadcasting executives.

For more information, please contact:

Torin Douglas, Broadcasting Press Guild, 07860 422992
Twitter: @bpgpressguild #bpgawards

For exclusive video clips and photographs, or to send a photographer, reporter or crew, please contact:
Caroline Watt, Senior Publicity Manager, Discovery Networks

Discovery Networks
caroline_watt@discovery.com
020 8811 3584, m: 07879 474223
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. Details of the nominations, previous BPG Awards and the event sponsor, Discovery Channel, can be found at: http://www.broadcastingpressguild.org, together with pictures and video of previous awards ceremonies and more on the history of the Harvey Lee Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting Award.

Charlotte Green, Martha Kearney and Jarvis Cocker shortlisted for Radio Broadcaster of the Year in 39th Broadcasting Press Guild Awards

Charlotte Green, who read her final news bulletin on BBC Radio 4 last month, has been shortlisted in the radio section of this year’s Broadcasting Press Guild Awards. The former newsreader and announcer is famous for her occasional giggles, as well as reading the Shipping Forecast and taking part in the News Quiz. She has been nominated as Radio Broadcaster of the Year, in recognition of her 25-year career at Radio 4. The judges said she would be much missed. [Read more...]

Parade’s End leads TV nominations for 39th Broadcasting Press Guild Awards

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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: http://www.joindave.co.uk. 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
Caroline.rae@uktv.co.uk
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: http://www.broadcastingpressguild.org/, together with pictures and video of previous awards ceremonies and more on the history of the Harvey Lee Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting Award.

Embargo 0001 Friday March 30th 2012
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
Rev
(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

Shortlists announced for Broadcasting Press Guild TV Awards

Scroll down for Radio Award nominations

Three BBC2 programmes – Rev, The Hour and Eric & Ernie – lead the race for top honours in the 38th annual Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, to be presented next month at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Rev, the sitcom about a London vicar, is nominated as best comedy. Its stars Tom Hollander and Olivia Colman are shortlisted for the acting awards and Hollander is also nominated as best writer, along with his co-writer James Wood.

The Hour, set in a 1950s TV newsroom, also has four nominations: best drama series, best actor (Dominic West), actress (Romola Garai) and writer (Abi Morgan).

Eric & Ernie, about the much-loved comedy duo, has three nominations, including best single drama. Daniel Rigby, who played the young Eric Morecambe, is shortlisted as best actor, and Peter Bowker as best writer.

ITV1’s drama about Fred West, Appropriate Adult, is also up for three awards: best drama series, best actor (Dominic West again) and writer (Neil McKay)

The BPG awards are highly prized by programme-makers because they are selected independently, by journalists who write about TV and radio – correspondents, critics and previewers.

The BPG Awards lunch is sponsored by Dave – TV’s home of witty banter – and one of ten channels broadcast by leading multi-channel network, UKTV: www.joindave.co.uk. The event will be attended by the winners, BPG members and leading broadcasting executives.

In the best single drama category, Eric & Ernie faces competition from Christopher & His Kind (BBC Two) and two BBC Four dramas, Hattie and Holy Flying Circus. For best drama series, The Hour and Appropriate Adult are up against The Shadow Line (BBC Two) , Top Boy (Channel Four) and Great Expectations (BBC One), for which Giliian Anderson is nominated as best actress. Hugo Blick is nominated as best writer for The Shadow Line.

Two Panorama investigations on BBC One – Fifa: Football’s Shame? and Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed – will compete for the best single documentary award, against Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die (BBC Two).  David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet (BBC One) is up against Educating Essex (Channel 4) and All Watched Over by the Machines of Loving Grace (BBC Two) for best documentary series.

In the best comedy/entertainment category, Rev is up against Fresh Meat (Channel 4) and Twenty Twelve (BBC Four). The BBC Two series The Choir: Military Wives and The Great British Bake-Off will compete against Channel 4’s Hugh’s Big Fish for the best factual entertainment award.

The multichannel award will be contested by An Idiot Abroad (Sky1), Dynamo: Magician Impossible, (Watch – UKTV), Leonardo Live, (Sky Arts) and Mad Dogs (Sky1).

A new award – the Breakthrough Award – for someone who has made their name in 2011 – will be contested by Mary Berry (The Great British Bake Off), Olivia Colman (Exile, Rev) and Jack Whitehall (Fresh Meat).

The shortlists for radio broadcaster of the year and radio programme of the year will be announced separately.

The winners will be announced at the BPG Awards lunch at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on Friday March 30th 2012, together with the Innovation Award and the Harvey Lee Award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting. Winners will be informed in advance and places at the lunch are by invitation only.

The Broadcasting Press Guild was founded in 1974 and has more than a hundred members – journalists who specialise in covering television, radio and the media. They include critics, previewers, media correspondents and feature writers from national newspapers, broadcasters and leading trade journals and websites.

Previous Best Actress winners include Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Helen Mirren, Gillian Anderson, Vanessa Redgrave, Maxine Peake, Anne-Marie Duff, Dame Diana Rigg, Zoe Wanamaker, Gina McKee, Julie Walters and Juliet Stevenson. The Best Actor award has gone to Kenneth Branagh, Colin Firth, Sir Alec Guinness, Albert Finney, Charles Dance, Robert Hardy, Jim Broadbent, Christopher Ecclestone, Benedict Cumberbatch and Philip Glenister among others (see details and photos on www.broadcastingpressguild.org.)

Further information from Torin Douglas, BPG, 020 8624 9052

The full list of nominations is:

Best Single Drama

  • Christopher & His Kind, BBC Two
  • Eric & Ernie, BBC Two
  • Hattie, BBC Four
  • Holy Flying Circus, BBC Four

Best Drama Series

  • Appropriate Adult, ITV1
  • Great Expectations, BBC One
  • The Hour, BBC Two
  • The Shadow Line, BBC Two
  • Top Boy, Channel 4

Best Single Documentary

  • Panorama: Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed, BBC One
  • Panorama: Fifa: Football’s Shame?, BBC One
  • Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die, BBC Two

Best Documentary Series

  • All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, BBC Two
  • Educating Essex, Channel 4
  • Frozen Planet, BBC One

Best Comedy Entertainment

  • Fresh Meat, Channel 4
  • Twenty Twelve, BBC Four
  • Rev, BBC Two

BPG Multichannel Award

  • An Idiot Abroad, Sky1
  • Dynamo: Magician Impossible, Watch (UKTV)
  • Leonardo Live, Sky Arts
  • Mad Dogs, Sky1

Best Factual Entertainment

  • The Great British Bake Off, BBC Two
  • The Choir: Military Wives, BBC Two
  • Hugh’s Big Fish Fight, Channel 4

Best Actor

  • Tom Hollander, Rev
  • Daniel Rigby, Eric & Ernie
  • Dominic West, Appropriate Adult; The Hour

Best Actress

  • Gillian Anderson, Great Expectations; The Crimson Petal and the White
  • Olivia Colman, Exile; Rev
  • Romola Garai, The Crimson Petal and White; The Hour

BPG Writer’s Award

  • Hugo Blick, The Shadow Line
  • Pete Bowker, Eric & Ernie; Monroe
  • Neil McKay, Appropriate Adult
  • Abi Morgan, The Hour
  • James Wood & Tom Hollander, Rev

BPG Breakthrough Award

  • Mary Berry, The Great British Bake Off
  • Olivia Colman, Exile; Rev
  • Jack Whitehall, Fresh Meat

 

Radio shortlist for Broadcasting Press Guild Awards

Sir David Attenborough, long famous for his television wildlife documentaries, has been shortlisted in the radio section of this year’s Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.

He has been nominated as Radio Broadcaster of the Year, for his 20-part BBC Radio 4 series David Attenborough’s Life Stories, which looked back on his numerous landmark natural history series.

Sir David will be up against a top wildlife sound recordist who has worked on his TV series, including The Life of Birds and Frozen Planet. Chris Watson is nominated for his own programme on Radio 4, The Wire – in which he talks to those who’ve recorded the sounds of wind blowing through miles of wire in the Australian outback.

The third nominee for Radio Broadcaster of the Year is Jane Garvey, presenter of Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

The nominations for Radio Programme of the Year are the comedy series Clare in the Community, starring Sally Phillips; the literary quiz The Write Stuff, featuring Sebastian Faulks and John Walsh; and Archive on 4 – all on BBC Radio 4.

The BPG awards are highly prized by programme-makers because they are selected independently, by journalists who write about TV and radio – correspondents, critics and previewers. Previous winners of the Radio Broadcaster award include Alistair Cook, Sir Terry Wogan, Eddie Mair, Sue Lawley, Jonathan Ross, Evan Davis, Simon Mayo, Sean Rafferty, Kirsty Young, and Graham Seed (Nigel Pargetter).

The winners will be announced next week at the BPG Awards lunch at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on Friday March 30th, 2012, together with the television awards, the Innovation Award and the Harvey Lee Award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting. Winners are informed in advance and places at the lunch are by invitation only – but media organisations are invited to cover the ‘red carpet’ arrivals.

The BPG Awards lunch is sponsored by Dave, TV’s “home of witty banter”, one of ten channels broadcast by leading multi-channel operator UKTV: www.joindave.co.uk.

The event will be attended by the winners, BPG members and leading broadcasting executives.

 

Winners – 37th BPG Television and Radio Awards

News Release
Embargo 0001 Friday March 25th 2010

Two dramas – ITV1’s Downton Abbey and Channel 4’s Mo – have each won two top prizes at the 37th 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. [Read more...]

Radio nominations for 37th Broadcasting Press Guild Awards

Graham Seed, who played Nigel Pargetter in The Archers for 27 years, has been shortlisted in the radio section of this year’s Broadcasting Press Guild Awards. [Read more...]