BPG Awards TV Nominations

Hugh Grant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Keeley Hawes and Ruth Wilson lead the nominations at this year’s Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, sponsored by Virgin Media. All are nominated for TV performances based on real people, in dramas which have themselves been shortlisted for this year’s awards.

The BPG Awards – which are for work commissioned or produced in the UK and screened in 2018 – are chosen independently by TV and radio correspondents, critics and previewers and acknowledge the on-screen and off-screen talent that showcase the best of TV. The 45th annual BPG Awards will be held at Banking Hall in the City on Friday March 15th 2019.

Hugh Grant, nominated for his role as the Liberal party leader Jeremy Thorpe in A Very English Scandal (BBC One and Amazon), has been nominated for the BPG’s Best Actor award along with co-star Ben Whishaw who played Norman Scott. Both will go head to head with Benedict Cumberbatch who is nominated for his role as Patrick Melrose (Sky Atlantic and Showtime), which is based on the semi-autobiographical novels of Edward St Aubyn.

Ruth Wilson and Keeley Hawes have been nominated as Best Actress for their performances in Mrs Wilson, a drama based on the story of Ruth Wilson’s grandmother. They will compete with Killing Eve’s (BBC One and BBC America) Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer. Hawes is also nominated for her role as a fictional Home Secretary, Julia Montague, in action-packed series Bodyguard (BBC One).

A Very English Scandal and Mrs Wilson will contest the award for Best Single Drama/Mini series against BBC One’s The ABC Murders, based on the Agatha Christie novel. Bodyguard, Killing Eve and Patrick Melrose are nominated as Best Drama Series alongside ITV’s Vanity Fair, from the book by William Thackeray. The writers of A Very English Scandal (Russell T Davies), Killing Eve (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) and Patrick Melrose (David Nicholls) have also been nominated for Best Writer, alongside Lisa McGee, the writer of the Channel 4 comedy Derry Girls.

Two BBC One documentaries – Drowning In Plastic and Grenfell – have been nominated as Best Single Documentary, alongside Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage (Channel 4). Michael Palin in North Korea (Channel 5) is nominated for Best Documentary Series, with Inside The Foreign Office (BBC Two), Stephen: The Murder That Changed A Nation (BBC One) and Why Does Everyone Hate The English? (History).

Car Share (BBC One), Derry Girls (Channel 4), Inside No 9 – Live Halloween Special (BBC Two) and Women On The Verge (W) have been shortlisted as Best Comedy.

In the Best Entertainment category, Michael McIntyre’s Big Show and Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One) will be competing with Taskmaster (Dave), Cruising With Jane McDonald (Channel 5) and Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing (BBC Two).

The BPG is again recognising the importance of programmes commissioned not for a broadcast channel but for streaming or showing online first. The Best Online First/Streaming award will be contested by Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix), Killing Eve, This Country and People Just Do Nothing (all BBC Three).

The Best of Multichannel Award will go to one of the non-PSB programmes shortlisted in drama, documentaries, comedy and entertainment. The nominations are Patrick Melrose (Sky Atlantic + Showtime); Taskmaster, Series 7 (Dave); Why Does Everyone Hate the English? (History) and Women on the Verge (W).

The nominations for the annual BPG award for innovation in broadcasting are Cameroon: Anatomy of a Killing (BBC Africa Eye) – for using technology to expose ‘fake news’ claims; Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix) – for a ground-breaking form of storytelling; and The Circle (Channel 4) – for taking the next step in factual entertainment.

The Awards lunch will be attended by the winners, BPG members and leading broadcasting executives and sponsored for the third year by Virgin Media.

David Bouchier, Virgin Media Chief Digital Entertainment Officer, said: “Virgin Media is delighted to be sponsoring the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards 2019 for the third consecutive year. It’s great to be a part of this prestigious event that celebrates the TV people love.”

For more information about Virgin Media visit www.virginmedia.com/tv

Further information from Torin Douglas, BPG, 07860 422992

Notes to editors:

1. The winners will be announced at the 45th BPG Awards lunch at Banking Hall in the City on Friday March 15th 2019, sponsored by Virgin Media. The Harvey Lee Award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting, the BPG Breakthrough Award and the BPG Chairman’s Prize are all in the gift of the BPG Executive Committee and will be presented as well. Winners will be informed in advance and places at the lunch are by invitation only.

2. Virgin Media, 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 online publishers.

5. 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, Keeley Hawes, Sheridan Smith and Juliet Stevenson.

6. The BPG Best Actor award has 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 and Dominic West among others (see more details and photos at http://www.broadcastingpressguild.org/.)


The full list of nominations is:

BPG Awards 2019 TV Nominations

Best Single Drama/Mini Series
A Very English Scandal (BBC One + Amazon)
Mrs Wilson (BBC One)
The ABC Murders (BBC One + Amazon)

Best Drama Series
Bodyguard (BBC One)
Killing Eve (BBC One + BBC America)
Patrick Melrose (Sky Atlantic + Showtime)
Vanity Fair (ITV)

Best Single Documentary
Drowning In Plastic (BBC One)
Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage (Channel 4)
Grenfell (BBC One)

Best Documentary Series
Inside the Foreign Office (BBC Two)
Michael Palin In North Korea (Channel 5)
Stephen: The Murder That Changed A Nation (BBC One)
Why Does Everyone Hate the English? (History)

Best Online First / Streaming
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix)
Killing Eve (BBC Three)
People Just Do Nothing (BBC Three)
This Country (BBC Three)

Best Comedy
Car Share (BBC One)
Derry Girls (Channel 4)
Inside No 9 – Live Halloween Special (BBC Two)
Women on the Verge (W)

Best Entertainment
Cruising With Jane McDonald (Channel 5)
Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (BBC One)
Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing (BBC Two)
Strictly Come Dancing, Series 15 (BBC One)
Taskmaster, Series 7 (Dave)

Best Actor
Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

Best Actress
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Keeley Hawes, Bodyguard + Mrs Wilson
Ruth Wilson, Mrs Wilson
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Best of Multichannel
Patrick Melrose (Sky Atlantic + Showtime)
Taskmaster, Series 7 (Dave)
Why Does Everyone Hate the English? (History)
Women on the Verge (W)

Best Writer
David Nicholls, Patrick Melrose (Sky Atlantic + Showtime)
Lisa McGee, Derry Girls (Channel 4)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Killing Eve (BBC Three + BBC America)
o Russell T Davies, A Very English Scandal (BBC One + Amazon)

Innovation in Broadcasting Award
Cameroon: Anatomy of a Killing, BBC Africa Eye – for exposing ‘fake news’ claims
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Netflix – for a ground-breaking form of storytelling
The Circle, Channel 4 – for taking the next step in factual entertainment