BPG Awards 2015 – Television nominations
Three of TV’s most popular actresses – Sheridan Smith, Keeley Hawes and Sarah Lancashire – have been shortlisted for the annual Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, chosen by journalists who write about TV and radio. The awards, sponsored by Discovery Channel, will be presented next month at a lunch in central London.
Smith is nominated for her performance as the young Cilla Black in Cilla and for The Widower. Hawes is recognised for Line of Duty and Lancashire for her roles in Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax.
Cilla (ITV), Happy Valley (BBC One) and Line of Duty (BBC Two) have also been shortlisted for best drama series, together with The Honourable Woman (BBC Two).
In the best actor category, David Threlfall is shortlisted for Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This, alongside James Nesbitt (The Missing and Babylon) and Toby Jones (Marvellous and Detectorists).
Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This (ITV) and Marvellous (BBC Two) have been shortlisted for best single drama, alongside A Poet In New York (BBC Two) and Murdered By My Boyfriend (BBC Three).
The writer’s award will be a tussle between Hugo Blick (The Honourable Woman), Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty), Mackenzie Crook (Detectorists) and Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax).
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 41st annual awards lunch, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Friday March 13th 2015, will be attended by the winners, BPG members and leading broadcasting executives.
Channel 4 screened three of the four nominees for best documentary series – Benefits Street, 24 Hours in Police Custody and Grayson Perry: Who Are You?. They are up against ITV’s Broadmoor. In the best single documentary category, BBC One’s Baby P: The Untold Story and Panorama: Fake Sheikh Exposed, will compete with BBC Two’s Dave Allen: God’s Own Comedian.
BBC Two has four of the five nominees for best comedy/entertainment: Harry & Paul’s Story of the Twos, Rev, The Trip to Italy and W1A. They’re up against BBC Four’s Detectorists.
The Multichannel Award will be contested by the Discovery Channel’s Ebola Exposed and three shows from Dave – Crackanory, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled and Dave Gorman: Modern Life is Goodish.
The annual BPG award for innovation in broadcasting will this year recognise the growing importance of programmes commissioned for first showing online, rather than on traditional broadcast channels. Shortlisted are BBC iPlayer’s Original Drama and Comedy Shorts; Ripper Street, which was re-commissioned by Amazon Instant Video after the BBC dropped it; and Vice News for its UK-commissioned films, including The Islamic State.
The Breakthrough Award – for people or organisations who attained a new level of success in 2014 – will be contested by Harry and Jack Williams, the writers of the peak time BBC One drama The Missing, and two actors – James Norton (Happy Valley and Grantchester) and Maddy Hill (EastEnders).