Last night, Broadchurch proved once again to have been the biggest new British drama of the past year when it picked up three of the most prestigious trophies at the Broadcasting Press Guild awards, voted by hard-bitten, cynical and impossible-to-please TV and radio journalists.
Their nominations saw to it that the detective drama’s creator, Chris Chibnall, won the writer award, and Olivia Colman took home the best actress trophy. Best of all, Broadchurch was awarded best drama series.
Meanwhile, Chiwetel Ejiofor has had to make even more room on his groaning trophy shelf when his performance in Stephen Poliakoff’s Dancing on the Edge, a tale of integration and music set in the jazz era, won him the best actor award.
And the special Harvey Lee award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting was given to Andrew Davies, creator of such Brit hits as House of Cards, Pride and Prejudice, and Bleak House.
Also worthy of note is The Wipers Times, the one-off retelling of a newspaper created by soldiers in the trenches of World War I, starring Monty Python’s Michael Palin, which won best single drama.
In fact, fans of British TV and radio in general could do worse than scan down the full list of winners below, and go and investigate anything you’ve not heard of before:
Best single drama – The Wipers Times
Best drama series – Broadchurch
Best single documentary – Syria: Across the Lines
Best documentary series – Educating Yorkshire
Best entertainment/comedy – Strictly Come Dancing
Best multichannel programme – The Tunnel
Best factual entertainment – Gogglebox
Radio broadcaster of the year – The Nick Ferrari Breakfast Show
Radio programme of the year – Tweet of the Day
Best actor – Chiwetel Ejiofor
Best actress – Olivia Colman
Best writer – Chris Chibnall
Breakthrough award – Jamie Dornan [for The Fall]
Innovation award – Sky Television
Harvey Lee award – Andrew Davies
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