Kanter named new BPG chairman

The Broadcasting Press Guild has elected Jake Kanter, executive editor of Business Insider, as its new chairman for a two-year term.

The BPG is a membership organisation for journalists who cover television, radio and the media. For the past 44 years, it has held on-the-record lunches with media executives and creatives and it also runs an annual awards lunch recognising the best in British TV, radio, podcast and streaming media programmes. The BPG Awards lunch in March is a fixture in the awards calendar and has been sponsored for the last two years by Virgin Media.

The Guild also elected Broadcast’s International Editor Manori Ravindran as its new Lunches and Events Secretary and added several new members to its Executive Committee, including Gideon Spanier, Global Head of Media at Campaign; Scott Bryan, TV Editor at BuzzFeed; and Joe Mayes, TMT reporter at Bloomberg.
Outgoing BPG chair Caroline Frost said she enjoyed her two years as the Guild Chair very much. Frost will continue to be the Guild’s TV Nominations Secretary.

Notes to editors:
The Broadcasting Press Guild was founded in 1974 and has more than a hundred and forty 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.

Ed Miliband, Sir David Attenborough, Dame Hilary Mantel and Prue Leith among winners at the 44th Broadcasting Press Guild Awards

The former Labour leader Ed Miliband has been recognised in a new role at this year’s Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, voted for by journalists who write about TV and radio. His podcast with Geoff Lloyd, Reasons to be Cheerful, has been named as the BPG Podcast of the Year, a new award marking the growing influence of the latest audio formats.

A headline-grabbing interview with the current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during last year’s election campaign helped Emma Barnett win the prize for BPG Radio Broadcaster of the Year. Interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Mr Corbyn forgot details of a major policy announcement.

And in a year when women featured strongly in the BPG awards, Dame Hilary Mantel’s series of BBC Reith Lectures became Radio Programme of the Year.

This year’s BPG television winners also included Sir David Attenborough, Claire Foy, Prue Leith, Mark Bonnar, Steve Coogan, Mackenzie Crook, Toby Jones, Chris Packham and Jed Mercurio.

The 44th BPG awards lunch, sponsored by Virgin TV, is taking place today at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, attended by the winners, BPG members and leading broadcasting executives. (Full list of winners below). The BPG Awards – given only for work commissioned in the UK – are highly prized by programme-makers because they are selected independently by TV and radio correspondents, critics and previewers.

Caroline Frost, BPG Chair, said: “These Awards are unique because they are the only ones voted for by people whose job it is to write about TV and radio for a living. After 44 years, our Guild continues to evolve in line with the ever-changing broadcasting landscape and this year we’ll be recognising for the first time our Podcast of the Year. In choosing our winners, we argue fiercely about what’s popular and what’s ambitious, what’s progressive and what’s truly original and we’ve honoured these requirements in our list of very worthy winners.

“It’s been an extraordinary year in entertainment, not just in the quality on-screen but in some of the controversies and scandals that have been uncovered away from it – and the British broadcasting industry has not gone un-marked. One thing we have to do today is give recognition to the BBC women, and all those who have put their heads above the parapet in pursuit of fair treatment, not just for themselves but for all women across the business.”

Claire Foy was named Best Actress for her role in the second series of The Crown (Netflix), which also won the award for Best Online First /Streaming production. It was revealed this week that she had been paid less for the series than her co-star Matt Smith.

Mark Bonnar was named Best Actor for a string of high-profile roles, including Unforgotten, Eric, Ernie and Me, Catastrophe and Apple Tree Yard. He can currently be seen in the latest series of Shetland on BBC One.

The edge-of-the-seat police series Line of Duty (BBC One) was named Best Drama Series, and its creator Jed Mercurio won the award for Best Writer. Three Girls, the three-part BBC One drama based on the true stories of victims of grooming and sexual abuse in Rochdale, was named Best Single Drama/Mini-series.

Blue Planet II (BBC One) was named Best Documentary Series and Chris Packham: Aspergers and Me (BBC Two) won the award for Best Single Documentary. Sir David Attenborough and Chris Packham will both be attending the lunch to receive their awards.

The annual Harvey Lee Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting was given to the children’s television producers Biddy Baxter and Edward Barnes, in special recognition of Blue Peter, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.  The citation says: “For creating the ‘new’ Blue Peter in the early 1960s alongside the late Rosemary Gill. The involvement of its audience was ground-breaking, giving every child the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the programme, to become involved in charity fund-raising and win a coveted Blue Peter badge. Blue Peter unleashed the power and potential of children’s television and 60 years on has created some of its most memorable moments.”

The BPG Award for Innovation went to Channel 4 for its latest advances in championing diversity both on and off screen. These include initiatives such as Spotlight on Directors and diversity throughout its commissioning – in programmes such as Ackley Bridge, The Last Leg and its 50 Shades of Gay season – and in its advertising. The citation says: “Channel 4 has built on its pioneering Paralympics coverage to embrace the wider community and has demonstrated a first-in-class commitment to its public service broadcasting remit”. The award will be accepted by Channel Four’s chief executive Alex Mahon.

Channel Four also won the award for Best Entertainment/Factual Entertainment category, with its first series of The Great British Bake Off, which it controversially lured from BBC One. Judge Prue Leith will attend the lunch to receive the award. Detectorists (BBC Four) was named Best Comedy and its writer-performer Mackenzie Crook will pick up the award with his co-star Toby Jones.

The Trip to Spain (Sky Atlantic), featuring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on the latest stage of their culinary travels, won the award for Best Multichannel (non-PSB) programme. Its writer-director, the renowned British film maker Michael Winterbottom, will receive the award.

The BBC Reith Lectures 2017, given by the double Booker Prize winner Dame Hilary Mantel, exploring the challenges and legitimacy of historical fiction, won the award for BPG Radio Programme of the Year. The award will be collected by Sue Lawley, who presents the series.

The other two audio awards, for Radio Broadcaster of the Year and Podcast of the Year, celebrated the discussion of politics, and will be received at the lunch by Emma Barnett, Ed Miliband and his co-presenter Geoff Lloyd.

Torin Douglas, chair of the radio jury, said: “Emma Barnett, our Radio Broadcaster of the Year, hit the headlines during and after the general election campaign, when she interviewed Jeremy Corbyn and Teresa May and coaxed memorable reactions from both of them. The Labour leader’s inability to answer her questions on a major policy announcement was widely labelled a ‘car crash’ and the Prime Minister’s admission that ‘she shed a little tear’ after she heard the exit poll result was also picked up by every newspaper.

“Ed Miliband, who with Geoff Lloyd won the BPG’s first Podcast of the Year award, has found a new role since stepping down as Labour leader. After standing in for Jeremy Vine on Radio 2, where he segued brilliantly from flushing toilets to the universal basic income, he now presents a ‘podcast about ideas’ which one of our judges said was like listening to the Today programme without the egos running rampant over the interviewees”.

 

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Notes to editors

  1. The Broadcasting Press Guild was founded in 1974 and has more than 120 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.
  2. The invitation-only event in the Grand Saloon of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane is sponsored by Virgin TV and attended by the winners, BPG members and leading broadcasting executives. Details of the nominations, previous BPG awards and Virgin TV can be found at http://broadcastingpressguild.org, together with pictures, videos and a history of the Guild.
  3. Harvey Lee – in honour of whom our Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting Award is named – was a leading light of the BPG, who died at the tragically early age of 41. The award for outstanding achievement has been given in his memory every year since every year since 1992. Previous winners are named on our website: http://www.broadcastingpressguild.org/bpgawards/harvey-lee/
  4. This year’s BPG Awards are sponsored by Virgin TV. Virgin TV is part of Virgin Media, which offers four multi award-winning services across the UK and Ireland: broadband, TV, mobile phone and landline. Its interactive TV service brings live programmes, thousands of hours of on-demand programming and the best apps and games in a set-top box, as well as on-the-go for tablets and smartphones. It launched the world’s first virtual mobile network and is also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the UK and Ireland. Virgin Media is part of Liberty Global, the world’s largest international cable company, with operations in more than 30 countries. www.virginmedia.com/tv

For more information about the Broadcasting Press Guild, please contact:

Torin Douglas, BPG  torindouglas@aol.com or 07860 422992

  

The full list of BPG TV and Radio Awards winners is:

 

Best Single Drama/Mini-series

Three Girls
A BBC Studios in association with Studio Lambert production for BBC One

Best Drama Series

Line of Duty

Produced by World Productions for BBC One                                                                                 

Best Single Documentary

Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me
A Raw TV production for BBC Two

Best Documentary Series

Blue Planet II

A co-production of BBC Worldwide, WDR, BBC America, Tencent, The Open University, France Televisions & CCTV9 made by BBC Studios, Natural History Unit for BBC One

Best Entertainment

The Great British Bake Off
A Love Productions production for Channel 4

Best Digital First Streaming

The Crown
A Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures TV Company production for Netflix                                                                                                                                           

Best Comedy

Detectorists

A Channel X North, Treasure Trove Productions & Lola Entertainment production for BBC Four

Best Multichannel Programme

The Trip to Spain
A Revolution Films, Baby Cow, Small Man Production for Sky Atlantic

Radio Broadcaster of the Year

Emma Barnett

The Emma Barnett Show, BBC Radio 5 Live, and Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4

Radio Programme of the Year

BBC Reith Lectures 2017: Hilary Mantel
A BBC Radio Current Affairs production for BBC Radio 4

Podcast of the Year

Reasons to be Cheerful
A Cheerful Thinking production

Best Actor

Mark Bonnar for Eric, Ernie and Me (BBC Four), Apple Tree Yard (BBC One), Catastrophe (Channel 4), Unforgotten (ITV)

Best Actress

Claire Foy for The Crown (Netflix)                                                                                                         

Best Writer

Jed Mercurio for Line of Duty (BBC One)

Innovation Award

Channel 4 for new advances in championing diversity, including initiatives such as Spotlight on Directors and diversity throughout its commissioning and in its advertising.

Harvey Lee Award

Biddy Baxter & Edward Barnes, children’s television producers, in special recognition of Blue Peter.

 

Broadcasting Press Guild Awards 2018 – Radio nominations

Twice winner of the Booker Prize Hilary Mantel and Neil MacGregor, the former director of the British Museum, have been shortlisted for their widely-acclaimed radio series in this year’s Broadcasting Press Guild (BPG) Awards, chosen by journalists who write about TV and radio.

The BPG Awards – given only for work commissioned in the UK – are highly prized by programme-makers because they are selected independently by TV and radio correspondents, critics and previewers.The 44th annual BPG awards, sponsored by Virgin TV, will be held at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Friday March 16th 2018.

Former Labour leader, Ed Miliband, is among the nominees for the BPG’s first ever award for Podcast of the Year, acknowledging the growth and quality of downloadable audio.

Hilary Mantel’s series of The Reith Lectures on BBC Radio 4 is nominated as BPG Radio Programme of the Year, alongside Neil MacGregor’s Living with the Gods (BBC Radio 4), the Steve Lamacq show (BBC 6 Music) and Classic FM’s Saturday Night at the Movies with Andrew Collins.

Comics Andy Hamilton (BBC Radio 4) and Frank Skinner (Absolute Radio) have been shortlisted as BPG Radio Broadcaster of the Year. The other nominees include A. Dot (aka Dotty), who presents the 1Xtra Breakfast Show, and Emma Barnett, for BBC Radio 5 Live’s The Emma Barnett Show and BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour.

The nominations for BPG Radio Programme of the Year are:

  • Hilary Mantel’s The Reith Lectures, BBC Radio 4
  • Living with the Gods with Neil MacGregor, BBC Radio 4
  • Saturday Night At The Movies with Andrew Collins, Classic FM
  • Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 6 Music

The nominations for BPG Radio Broadcaster of the Year are:

  • A. Dot aka Dotty, rapper & broadcaster – BBC 1Xtra Breakfast Show
  • Andy Hamilton – Andy Hamilton Sort of Remembers – BBC Radio 4
  • Emma Barnett – BBC Radio 5 Live The Emma Barnett Show, Radio 4 Woman’s Hour
  • Frank Skinner – The Frank Skinner Show – Absolute Radio

Recognising the growth in popularity and quality of online audio productions, the BPG is introducing an award for Podcast of the Year.

The nominees for the first BPG Podcast of the Year award are:

  • Hip Hop Saved My Life with Romesh Ranganathan (Audioboom, Mr Box Productions)
  • Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd (Cheerful Podcast)
  • Remainiacs (Podmasters)
  • The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson (Audible)

Previous winners of the BPG Radio Broadcaster award include Alistair Cook, Sir Terry Wogan, Jane Garvey, Nick Ferrari, James O’Brien, Brian Redhead, Sandi Toksvig and Sir Mark Tully.

The 44th annual BPG Awards lunch, sponsored by Virgin TV, will be attended by the winners, BPG members and leading broadcasting executives on 16th March 2018.

Further information from Torin Douglas, BPG, 07860 422992

Notes to editors:

  1. The winners will be announced at the 44th BPG Awards lunch in the beautifully restored Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Friday March 16th 2018, sponsored by Virgin TV. The Harvey Lee Award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting, which is in the gift of the BPG Executive Committee, will also be presented. Winners will be informed in advance and places at the lunch are by invitation only.
  2. Virgin TV is part of Virgin Media, which offers four multi award-winning services across the UK and Ireland: broadband, TV, mobile phone and landline. Its interactive
    TV service brings live programmes, thousands of hours of on-demand programming and the best apps and games in a set-top box, as well as on-the-go for tablets and smartphones. It launched the world’s first virtual mobile network and is also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the UK and Ireland. Virgin Media is part of Liberty Global, the world’s largest international cable company, connecting over 22 million customers through operations in 12 countries across Europe. www.virginmedia.com/tv
  3. The television nominations for this year’s BPG Awards were announced on February 15th 2018. www.broadcastingpressguild.org/2018/02/broadcasting-press-guild-awards-2018-television-nominations.
  4. 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.

Broadcasting Press Guild Awards 2018 – Television nominations

Quirky comedies Detectorists and Inside No. 9 go head to head in the shortlists for this year’s Broadcasting Press Guild (BPG) Awards, chosen by esteemed TV and radio journalists. Both series have been nominated as Best Comedy with writer-performers Mackenzie Crook (Detectorists, BBC Four), Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton (Inside No. 9, BBC Two) also shortlisted for the Best Writer award. They are joined on the shortlist by Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty) and Peter Morgan (The Crown).

The BPG Awards – which are for work commissioned in the UK and screened in 2017 – are highly prized by programme-makers because they are selected independently by TV and radio correspondents, critics and previewers. The 44th annual BPG awards, sponsored by Virgin TV, will be held at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Friday March 16th 2018.

Stunning performances from Hayley Atwell (Howard’s End, BBC One), Claire Foy (The Crown), Thandie Newton (Line of Duty, BBC One), Maxine Peake (Three Girls, BBC One) and Emily Watson (Apple Tree Yard, Little Women, BBC One) see these leading ladies competing for the prestigious Best Actress award.

Detectorists also sees a Best Actor nomination for Toby Jones, who’ll be competing with Sean Bean (Broken, BBC One), Babou Ceesay (Guerrilla, Sky Atlantic), Matt Smith (The Crown, Netflix), and Mark Bonnar, who is nominated for four performances in Unforgotten (ITV), Eric, Ernie and Me (BBC Four), Apple Tree Yard (BBC One) and Catastrophe (Channel 4).

Line of Duty, Peaky Blinders (both BBC Two), The State (C4) and Tin Star (Sky Atlantic) are shortlisted for best TV drama series. Eric, Ernie and Me, Little Women and Three Girls will compete with Sky 1’s Delicious 2 for the Best Single Drama/Mini-series award.

Two BBC Two documentaries – Chris Packham: Aspergers and Me and Sgt Pepper’s Musical Revolution – have been nominated as Best Single Documentary, alongside Idris Elba: Fighter (Discovery) and Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds (Channel 4).

Blue Planet II (BBC One), Hospital (BBC Two), Rock and Roll (Sky Arts) and Trump: An American Dream (Channel 4) are shortlisted for Best Documentary Series.

In the Best Entertainment/Factual Entertainment category, three previous winners – The Great British Bake Off (now on Channel Four), The Graham Norton Show and Strictly Come Dancing (both BBC One) – will be competing with Taskmaster (Dave). The Best Comedy award will be contested by Detectorists (BBC Four), Inside No. 9 (BBC Two), Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC iPlayer, BBC One) and The Trip to Spain (Sky Atlantic).

The BPG is again recognising the growing importance of programmes commissioned for streaming or showing online first, instead of on a broadcast channel, with The Best Online First/Streaming award.This year it will be contested by The Crown and Black Mirror (both Netflix), End of the F***ing World (ALL4, Channel 4) and People Just Do Nothing (BBC Three).

The Best of Multichannel (non-PSB) Award will go to one of the four non-PSB programmes shortlisted in drama, documentaries, comedy and entertainment.

The nominations for the annual BPG award for innovation in broadcasting are: Albert – the free online tool for calculating a production’s carbon footprint; BBC Three – for showcasing new comedy talent; and Channel 4 – for recent innovations in championing diversity both on and off screen.

The 44th annual BPG awards, sponsored by Virgin TV, will be presented at an awards lunch held at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Friday March 16th 2018. The event will be attended by the winners, BPG members and leading broadcasting executives. The Company said: “Virgin TV is delighted to be sponsoring the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards 2018. Together we’re celebrating the TV people love.”  For more information about Virgin TV visit www.virginmedia.com/tv

Further information from Torin Douglas, BPG, 07860 422992

 

Notes to editors:

  1. The winners will be announced at the 44th BPG Awards lunch in the beautifully restored Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Friday March 16th 2018, sponsored by Virgin TV. The Harvey Lee Award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting, which is in the gift of the BPG Executive Committee, will also be presented. Winners will be informed in advance and places at the lunch are by invitation only.
  2. Virgin TV is part of Virgin Media, which offers four multi award-winning services across the UK and Ireland: broadband, TV, mobile phone and landline. Its interactive TV service brings live programmes, thousands of hours of on-demand programming and the best apps and games in a set-top box, as well as on-the-go for tablets and smartphones. It launched the world’s first virtual mobile network and is also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the UK and Ireland. Virgin Media is part of Liberty Global, the world’s largest international cable company, connecting over 22 million customers through operations in 12 countries across Europe. www.virginmedia.com/tv
  3. The shortlists for Radio Broadcaster of the Year and Radio Programme of the Year will be announced in a week’s time.
  4. 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.
  5. Previous BPG Best Actress winners 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, Dame Julie Walters, Olivia Colman, Sheridan Smith, Keeley Hawes and Juliet Stevenson.
  6. The BPG Best Actor award has previously been awarded to Sir Mark Rylance, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Colin Firth, Sir Alec Guinness, Albert Finney, Charles Dance, Robert Hardy, Jim Broadbent, Christopher Ecclestone, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Jones, Robbie Coltrane and Dominic West among others (see more details and photos at http://www.broadcastingpressguild.org/).


The full list of nominations is:

Best Single Drama /Mini-series

Delicious 2 (Sky 1)

Eric, Ernie and Me (BBC Four)

Little Women (BBC One)

Three Girls (BBC One)  

 

Best Drama Series

Line of Duty (BBC One)

Peaky Blinders (BBC Two)

The State (Channel 4)

Tin Star (Sky Atlantic)

 

Best Single Documentary/Mini-series

Chris Packham: Aspergers and Me (BBC Two)

Idris Elba: Fighter (Discovery)

Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds (Channel 4)

Sgt Pepper’s Musical Revolution (BBC Two)

 

Best Documentary Series

Blue Planet II (BBC One)

Hospital (BBC Two)

Rock and Roll (Sky Arts)

Trump: An American Dream (Channel 4)

 

Best Online First /Streaming

Black Mirror (Netflix)

End of the F***ing World (All 4, Channel 4)

People Just Do Nothing (BBC Three)

The Crown (Netflix)

 

Best Comedy

Detectorists (BBC Four)

Inside No. 9 (BBC Two)

Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC iPlayer, BBC One)

The Trip To Spain (Sky Atlantic)

 

Best Entertainment/Factual

The Great British Bake-Off (Channel 4)

Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One)

Taskmaster (Dave)

The Graham Norton Show (BBC One)

 

Best of Multichannel

Rock and Roll (Sky Arts)

Taskmaster (Dave)

Tin Star (Sky Atlantic)

The Trip to Spain (Sky Atlantic)

 

Best Actress

Hayley Atwell, Howard’s End   

Claire Foy, The Crown            

Thandie Newton, Line of Duty

Maxine Peake, Three Girls

Emily Watson, Little Women/Apple Tree Yard

 

Best Actor

Sean Bean, Broken

Mark Bonnar, Unforgotten/Eric, Ernie and Me/Catastrophe/Apple Tree Yard

Babou Ceesay, Guerrilla

Toby Jones, Detectorists

Matt Smith, The Crown

 

Writer’s Award

Mackenzie Crook, Detectorists

Jed Mercurio, Line of Duty

Peter Morgan, The Crown

Reece Shearsmith & Steve Pemberton, Inside No 9

 

BPG Innovation in Broadcasting

Albert – the free online tool for calculating a production’s carbon footprint

BBC Three – for showcasing new comedy talent

Channel 4 – for new advances in championing diversity both on and off screen

 

Further information from Torin Douglas, BPG, 07860 422992

The Night Manager, The Crown, Planet Earth II and Desert Island Discs take top prizes at 43rd Broadcasting Press Guild Awards

Keeley Hawes, Robbie Coltrane, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and James O’Brien win individual awards

After a great year for TV drama, The Night Manager, The Crown, National Treasure, The Witness for The Prosecution, Line of Duty, The Durrells and The Missing have all been recognised at this year’s Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, voted for by journalists who write about TV and radio.

Caroline Frost, BPG Chair, said: “In a year where drama continued to electrify and surprise TV audiences, and prove itself still capable of water-cooler moments, there was huge competition for all of our drama awards.”

The 43rd BPG awards lunch, sponsored by Virgin TV, is taking place today at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, attended by the winners, BPG members and leading broadcasting executives. (Full list of winners below)

Keeley Hawes was named Best Actress for her roles in three hit drama series – Line of Duty (BBC Two), The Durrells (ITV) and The Missing (BBC One). She will receive her award at today’s lunch.

Caroline Frost said “She is someone who, through her diverse choice of roles, her knack of picking scripts that become must-see TV drama for huge audiences and her willingness to bring vulnerability as well as power to screen, continues to surprise and delight us with every fresh project.”

The Night Manager (BBC One) was named Best Drama Series, and two of its stars, Hugh Laurie and Tom Hollander, will receive the award. The Crown (Netflix) won the award for Best Online First/Streaming and the Agatha Christie play The Witness for the Prosecution (BBC One) was named Best Single Drama. Robbie Coltrane was named Best Actor for National Treasure (Channel 4).

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, actress and writer of the comedy series Fleabag (BBC Three, then BBC Two) was named Best Writer, and will attend the lunch. Mum (BBC Two) won the award for Best Comedy and its star Lesley Manville will receive the award.

The BPG Awards – given only for work commissioned in the UK – are highly prized by programme-makers because they are selected independently by TV and radio correspondents, critics and previewers.

Planet Earth II (BBC One) was named Best Documentary Series and Hillsborough (BBC Two) won the award for Best Single Documentary. The annual BPG Award for Innovation went to Exodus: Our Journey in Europe (BBC Two) for the innovative use of mobile phones and crowd-sourced content to tell a compelling story.

The award for Best Entertainment programme went to BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show, and Alan Partridge: Mid Morning Matters (Sky Atlantic) won the award for Best Multichannel (non-PSB) programme.

In its 75th anniversary year, Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, presented by Kirsty Young, was named Radio Programme of the Year.

Maisie McCabe, chair of the radio jury, said “Even by its high standards, 2016 was a particularly strong year for Desert Island Discs. Guests included the CEO of Lloyd’s of London talking about her sexuality, Bruce Springsteen reminiscing about hearing The Beatles for the first time and Bill Gates on Steve Jobs. And all stewarded by a supremely talented broadcaster, who knows what questions to ask and when to let her guests speak.”

LBC’s James O’Brien was named Radio Broadcaster of the Year.

Maisie McCabe said: “In a year that seemed to bring us at least a decade’s worth of major news events, James spoke honestly and compassionately about the major issues of the day, not only providing brilliant live radio for his listeners, but reaching a whole new audience online, as people shared his remarks and debated them on social media.”

The Harvey Lee award for an Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting, which is in the gift of the BPG executive committee, has gone to the documentary filmmaker and producer Norma Percy. She has persuaded a who’s who of world leaders to be interviewed for revelatory series such as The Death of Yugoslavia, The Second Russian Revolution and Inside Obama’s White House. She has been responsible, with Brian Lapping, for many other award-winning documentaries made by Brook Lapping, including The Iraq War, Putin, Russia & The West, Iran & The West, The Fall of Milosevic, Endgame in Ireland, and Elusive Peace: Israel & The Arabs.

 

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Notes to editors

  1. The Broadcasting Press Guild was founded in 1974 and has more than 120 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.
  1. The invitation-only event in the Grand Saloon of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane is sponsored by Virgin TV and attended by the winners, BPG members and leading broadcasting executives. Details of the nominations, previous BPG awards and Virgin TV can be found at http://broadcastingpressguild.org, together with pictures, videos and a history of the Guild.
  2. Harvey Lee – in honour of whom our Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting Award is named – was a leading light of the BPG, who died at the tragically early age of 41. The award for outstanding achievement has been given in his memory every year since every year since 1992. Previous winners are named on our website: http://www.broadcastingpressguild.org/bpgawards/harvey-lee/
  1. This year’s BPG Awards are sponsored by Virgin TV. Virgin TV is part of Virgin Media, which offers four multi award-winning services across the UK and Ireland: broadband, TV, mobile phone and landline. Its interactive TV service brings live programmes, thousands of hours of on-demand programming and the best apps and games in a set-top box, as well as on-the-go for tablets and smartphones. It launched the world’s first virtual mobile network and is also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the UK and Ireland. Virgin Media is part of Liberty Global, the world’s largest international cable company, with operations in more than 30 countries.  www.virginmedia.com/tv

For more information about the Broadcasting Press Guild, please contact:

Torin Douglas, BPG  torindouglas@aol.com or 07860 422992

 

The full list of BPG TV and Radio Awards winners is:

 Best Single Drama

The Witness for the Prosecution
A Mammoth Screen & Agatha Christie Productions production for BBC One, in association with A+E Networks & RLJ Entertainment 

Best Drama Series

The Night Manager

Produced by The Ink Factory, Demarest Films & Character 7 for BBC One in co-production with AMC.

Best Single Documentary

Hillsborough

A VeryMuchSo & Passion Pictures production for BBC Two

Best Documentary Series

Planet Earth II

A BBC Studios Natural History Unit Production, co-produced with BBC America, ZDF, Tencent & France Television for BBC One 

Best Entertainment

The Graham Norton Show

A So Television production for BBC One

Best Online First/Streaming

The Crown

Produced by Left Bank Pictures, a Sony Pictures TV Company, for Netflix

Best Comedy

Mum

A Big Talk Production in association with The Money Men for BBC Two

Radio Broadcaster of the Year

James O’Brien

A Global production for LBC

Radio Programme of the Year

Desert Island Discs, presented by Kirsty Young

A BBC Factual Radio Production for BBC Radio 4

Best Actor

Robbie Coltrane for National Treasure (Channel 4)

Best Actress

Keeley Hawes – for Line of Duty (BBC Two), The Durrells (ITV) and The Missing (BBC One)

Best Writer
Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag

A Two Brothers Pictures Production for BBC Three

Innovation Award

Exodus: Our Journey to Europe

For innovative use of crowd-sourced content & camera phones, including first-person points of view from refugees themselves to tell a compelling story about the migrant crisis
A Keo Films production for BBC Two

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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