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The winners of the 45th Broadcasting Press Guild Awards have been announced today - and various Talent Manager Pro companies are among the winners.


Picking up the most awards, with three each, were BBC dramas A Very English Scandal and Killing Eve. A Very English Scandal, based on the Jeremy Thorpe affair, won awards for Best Single Drama/Mini series, Best Actor for Hugh Grant and Best Writer for Russell T Davies, whilst Killing Eve picked up Best Drama Series, Best Online First/Streaming Award and Best Actress for Jodie Comer.


Jake Kanter, BPG Chair, said of the awards: “These awards are now a 45-year-old institution, and we think they are the most democratic in the land. No tedious judging panels, no political lobbying, just a list of the best TV and radio shows of 2018, voted for by people whose job it is to write about TV and radio for a living.”


Whilst BBC dominated in drama, it was Channel 4 who picked up the award for Best Comedy with Derry Girls, produced by Talent Manager Pro company Hat Trick Productions.

Both winners in the documentary category also had Talent Manager connections. Grenfell (BBC Two), which was produced by Talent Manager Pro company Minnow Films, won the award for Best Single Documentary, whilst Best Documentary Series went to Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation. James Rogan, part of the production team for the latter, wrote about making the documentary here on The Talent Manager last November.


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


Best Single Drama/Mini-series

A Very English Scandal

A Blueprint Pictures production for the BBC and Amazon Studios


Best Drama Series

Killing Eve

A Sid Gentle Films Ltd production for BBC America, internationally distributed by Endeavor Content


Best Single Documentary

Grenfell


A Minnow FIlms production for BBC One

* Talent Manager Pro member

Best Documentary Series

Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation


An On the Corner production, in association with Rogan Productions, for BBC One


Best Entertainment

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

An Owl Power TV production for BBC Two


Best Online First/Streaming


Killing Eve


A Sid Gentle Films Ltd production for BBC America, internationally distributed by Endeavor Content and first streamed in the UK on BBC Three as a box set on BBC iPlayer


Best Comedy


Derry Girls


A Hat Trick Productions production for Channel 4

* Talent Manager Pro member

Best of Multichannel


Patrick Melrose


A Two Cities production in association with Sunnymarch and Little Island for Sky Atlantic and Showtime


Radio Broadcaster of the Year


Lauren Laverne


BBC Radio 6 Music, Late Night Woman’s Hour and Desert Island Discs, BBC Radio 4


Radio Programme of the Year


Tara and George


A BBC Radio production for BBC Radio 4


Podcast of the Year


Hip Hop Saved My Life - Romesh Ranganathan


Ranga Bee Productions


Best Actor


Hugh Grant for A Very English Scandal (BBC One)


Best Actress


Jodie Comer for Killing Eve (BBC America)


Best Writer


Russell T Davies for A Very English Scandal (BBC One)


Innovation Award


Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, for a ground-breaking form of storytelling.


A House of Tomorrow production for Netflix


Breakthrough Award


Alex Scott


Sports broadcaster for BBC and Sky

BPG Chairman’s Prize


Big Brother


EndemolShine Group for Channel 4 and Channel 5

*Talent Manager Pro member

Harvey Lee Award


Nicholas Parsons CBE


Actor, presenter & game show host, in particular recognition of more than 50 years of presenting Radio 4’s Just A Minute

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