BBC Bags Top Radio and TV Honours

The BBC is celebrating after winning a raft of accolades at two prestigious awards ceremonies over the past week.BBC programmes dominated this year’s Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, winning ten of the 15 prizes across TV and radio, and scooped four prizes at the international Peabody Awards held in the United States earlier this week.

Critically-acclaimed BBC drama production Cranford was the big winner at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards taking four honours for Best Television Drama Series; Best Actress for Eileen Atkins for her performance as Miss Deborah in Cranford and Madama Fidolia in Ballet Shoes; Best Actor for Philip Glenister for his portrayal of Mr Carter in Cranford and Gene Hunt in Life On Mars; and the writers’ award for Heidi Thomas for Cranford, Ballet Shoes and Lilies.

Andrew Marr won two awards, honoured as Best TV Performer in a Non-Acting Role for The Andrew Marr Show and taking the award for Best Documentary Series for his show A History Of Modern Britain.BBC Three comedy Gavin And Stacey continued its awards success by winning the Best Comedy/Entertainment programme award.

Long-running BBC show Top Gear was voted Best Factual Entertainment Programme.Radio Broadcaster of the year was won by the Simon Mayo programme on BBC Radio 5 Live and Adam and Joe won Radio Programme of the Year for their BBC 6 Music show.

The Broadcasting Press Guild Awards are voted for by those who write about TV and radio – correspondents, critics and previewers – and were presented today (Friday 4 April) at a lunch at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.At the Peabody Awards in the US the achievements of four programmes shown on the BBC were acknowledged.

The acclaimed series Planet Earth, co-produced with Discovery in the US, was honoured for its majestic use of HDTV technology while White Horse Village, a Newsnight production for BBC World News America, was the only report from a nightly network news broadcast to pick up one of the awards this year.

Co-produced and co-funded by Storyville, the Oscar-winning documentary Taxi To The Dark Side adds a Peabody to its list of awards.BBC Four drama acquisition Mad Men from AMC in the US was also awarded a Peabody.

The Peabody Awards, the oldest honour in electric media, recognise distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by stations, networks, producing organisations and individuals. The winners, chosen by the Peabody board as the best in electronic media for 2007, were announced by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication on Wednesday 2 April.

“In what has been a year of exceptional programmes from across BBC Television, it is wonderful to gain recognition from the industry through these prestigious awards. My congratulations to all the programme teams involved” ,Jana Bennett, Director, BBC Vision, said.

Awards Bagged by BBC:

Best Drama Series
(BBC Drama and WGBH Boston, in association with Chestermead, for BBC One)

Best Comedy/Entertainment
Gavin And Stacey
(Baby Cow for BBC Two and BBC Three)

Best Documentary/Factual Series
Andrew Marr’s History Of Modern Britain
(BBC Current Affairs for BBC Two)

Best TV Performer in a Non-Acting Role
Andrew Marr
(The Andrew Marr Show, BBC One, and Andrew Marr’s History Of Modern Britain, BBC Two)

Writer’s Award
Heidi Thomas
(Cranford, Ballet Shoes and Lilies for BBC One)

Broadcasting Press Guild Awards BBC winners

Best Factual Entertainment Programme
Top Gear
(BBC production for BBC Two)

Best Actor
Philip Glenister
(Mr Carter in Cranford, Gene Hunt in Life On Mars, for BBC One)

Best Actress

Eileen Atkins
(Miss Deborah in Cranford, Madama Fidolia in Ballet Shoes, for BBC One)

Radio Broadcaster of the Year
Simon Mayo
(The Simon Mayo Programme, BBC News for 5 Live)

Radio Programme of the Year
Adam And Joe
(BBC radio production for 6 Music)

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