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Scripted producer Merman was crowned indie of the year at this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival Awards.

The London-based indie, founded by Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford, is behind comedies such as BBC2’s Motherland and Channel 4’s This Way Up and Frank of Ireland, as well as recently-launched Apple TV comedy-drama Bad Sisters [[main picture].

Meanwhile, Glasgow factual producer Firecrest Films was named best small indie, having been nominated for the title in three successive years.

The producer of BBC Scotland’s The Hunt for Bible John and Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime is backed by Channel 4’s Growth Fund.

BBC1 series Uprising, produced by Rogan Productions/Lammas Park and Turbine Studios, was named best popular factual series, while Sky’s The Return: Life After ISIS (Alba Sotorra Productions/Met Film) took home the best documentary award.

AJ Odudu and Mo Gilligan were named best presenters for C4’s Big Brother reboot, with Gilligan’s regular C4 presenting gig, The Lateish Show (Expectation/MoMo G) named best entertainment series.

Other notable winners included BBC1 drama series The Responder (Dancing Ledge Productions) and comedy winner, Netflix’s Sex Education (Eleven Film).

Channel 4 was named channel of the year, with its shows picking up five of the 20 awards.

Alex Rodrigues, an assistant producer at Warner Music Entertainment who was worked as a DV director on W’s Dating with my Mates and ITV2’s Love Island: After Sun, won the Ones to Watch/Random Acts live pitch for an idea called Thanks Boss.

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