WRITERS’ GUILD AWARDS
Winners Revealed At Event Celebrating The Best Of British Writing
18 January 2016:
Writer and producer Russell T Davies was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Writing Award at the annual Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards at RIBA in London.
The award was presented by Paul Abbott in honour of his body of work for TV including Queer as Folk, the revival of Doctor Who, and the recent drama trilogy; Cucumber, Banana and Tofu. Davies and Abbott are both members of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB).
Davies said: “For me, this is the greatest of honours, coming from fellow writers, and I’m enormously grateful to the Writers’ Guild - for this, and for the work it does for writers everywhere.”
Comedian, actor and writer Susan Calman hosted the event in front of an audience drawn from a broad range of creative industries.
Other winners included Paul King who was awarded Best Screenplay for the film "Paddington"; Armando Iannucci’s "Veep" won Best TV Situation Comedy; Timberlake Wertenbaker took home the award for Best Play for American Revolution drama "Jefferson’s Garden"; Best Long Running TV Series went to Louise Ironside for Scottish soap "River City" and Best Writing in a Video Game was won by Dan Pinchbeck for the game "Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture".
A special tribute was made to Writers’ Guild member David Nobbs, who died on 8 August 2015 and was best known for writing the 1970s series The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, adapted from his own novels. Novelist and writer Jonathan Coe gave a speech in his memory.
WGGB President Olivia Hetreed said “As President of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, I am immensely proud of all our Award winners and nominees, a truly impressive display of talent, from the ancient art of playwriting to the youngest one of game writing. All our winners display not only a superb grasp of their craft but tremendous insight and empathy with the challenges of modern life.
“The Writers’ Guild has been supporting writers for over 50 years, in their everyday working lives, in times of crisis and triumph. Writers today face many difficulties; we can meet them more strongly together.”
The radio awards were presented by Gail Renard; the others by Caitlin Moran, Julia Hardy, Phil Ford, Charlie Hardwick, Jonathan Asser, Natalie Wilson, Helen Edmundsen, Moira Buffini, Helen Lederer, Warren Brown and Paul Abbott.
The Writers' Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) is pleased to announce the shortlist for its annual awards, to be presented on Monday 18 January 2016 at RIBA, central London.
High-profile writers from the worlds of TV, film, theatre, radio, books, poetry and videogames have been regulars at this annual, red-carpet event through its 50-year history.
The Writers' Guild Awards, which launched in 1961, also give professional writers from across Great Britain the opportunity to honour their peers, and celebrate the importance of writing to the creative industries, both nationally and abroad.
A special award for outstanding contribution to writing is presented every year.
Our sponsors this year are: ALCS, BBC Drama, BBC Writersroom, Big Talk, Company Pictures, ITV Studios, Curtis Brown Ltd.
The shortlists, in 12 categories (I've put the radio awards at the top, as usual):
Best Radio Comedy
Best Long Form TV Drama
Best Short Form TV Drama
Best Long Running TV Series
Best TV Situation Comedy
Best Children’s TV Episode
Best Writing in a Video Game
Best First Screenplay
Best Play for Young Audiences
information supplied by Sarah Woodley, Writers' Guild - many thanks.
PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE RADIO DRAMA/COMEDY AWARDS:
BEST RADIO DRAMA
BEST RADIO COMEDY
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