BBC Audio Drama Awards

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The BBC Audio Drama Awards is an awards ceremony created by BBC Radio to recognise excellence in the radio industry, in particular in audio dramas. The first awards were presented in 2012 and the ceremony has been located at BBC Radio's home Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House.[1]

The awards were announced in October 2011 and first opened to nominations.[2] The first ceremony proved hugely successful. Prior to this, there was no official awards ceremony to recognise audio dramas; the Sony Radio Academy Awards mainly encompassed radio shows and presenters while the Richard Imison Award (best drama by a newcomer) and Tinniswood Award (for best original drama) were awarded separately.[3] The Imison and Tinniswood Awards are now incorporated into the Audio Drama Awards.

Nominations and Judges[edit]

Although nominations are dominated by the BBC's in-house arts-oriented stations, namely Radio 3 and Radio 4, entries are open to other radio stations.

The judges included personalities in the radio, acting and theatre industry and literary world such as British dramatist Nell Leyshon, American novelist Stephen Wright, performance historian Viv Gardner, English actor Robert Bathurst, long-time BBC producer and Director-General (since April 2013) Lord Hall, comedian Alexei Sayle, actress Imogen Stubbs and Royal Shakespeare Company associate director Rupert Goold.

Winners[edit]

2012[edit]

The inaugural ceremony took place on 29 January 2012 and covers audio dramas broadcast between 1 October 2010 and 30 September 2011. It was hosted by actor David Tennant.

Award Winner Other Nominees
Best Audio Drama
Presented by Johnny Vegas
Lost Property – The Year My Mother Went Missing by Katie Hims
Producer: Jessica Dromgoole (for BBC Radio 4)
A Shoebox Of Snow by Julie Mayhew
(Producer: Justine Potter (Radio 4)
The First Domino by Jonathan Cash
Producer: Frank Stirling (Radio 3)
Best Actor
Presented by Tim Davie
David Tennant
Kafka the Musical by Murray Gold (Radio 3)
Damian Lewis
Giovanni's Room dramatised by Neil Bartlett (Radio 3)
Rory Kinnear
Flare Path by Terence Rattigan (Radio 3)
Special Commendation: Tom Riley
Henry's Demons by Patrick and Henry Cockburn (Radio 4)
Best Actress
Presented by Don Warrington
Rosie Cavaliero
Lost Property: A Telegram from the Queen by Katie Hims (Radio 4)
Candis Nergaard
Atching Tan by Dan Allum (Radio 4)
June Whitfield
A Montrous Vitality by Andy Merriman (Radio 4)
Best Supporting Actor/Actress
Presented by June Whitfield
Andrew Scott
Referee by Nick Perry (Radio 4)
Carl Prekopp
The History of Titus Groan dramatised by Brian Sibley (Radio 4)
Rupert Penry-Jones
Flare Path by Terence Rattigan (Radio 3)
Best Scripted Comedy Drama
Presented by Richard Wilson
Floating by Hugh Hughes
Producer: James Robinson (Radio 4)
Cabin Pressure by John Finnemore
Producer: Dawn Ellis (Radio 4)
Ed Reardon's Week by Christopher Douglas
Producer: Dawn Ellis (Radio 4)
Best Online Only Audio Drama
Presented by Julie Myerson
Rock by Tim Fountain
Producer: Iain Mackness (The Independent Online)
Wild Hackney
Producer: Francesca Panetta (Hackney Podcast)
Best Adaptation
Presented by Nina Wadia
The History of Titus Groan dramatised by Brian Sibley
Producers: David Hunter, Gemma Jenkins and Jeremy Mortimer (Radio 4)
Alone in Berlin dramatised by Shelagh Stephenson
Producer: Eoin O'Callaghan (BBC Northern Ireland, Radio 4)
Five Days in May by Matthew Solon
Producer: John Dryden (Radio 4)
Best Use of Sound in an Audio Drama
Presented by Bertie Carvel
Bad Memories by Julian Simpson
Producer: Karen Rose (Radio 4)
Can You Hear Me? by Margaret Wilkinson
Producer: Nadia Molinari (Radio 4)
The History of Titus Groan dramatised by Brian Sibley
Producers: David Hunter, Gemma Jenkins and Jeremy Mortimer (Radio 4)
Innovation Award
Presented by Niamh Cusack
The Unfortunates adapted by Graham White
Producer: Mary Peate (Radio 3)
Blue Eyed Boy by Helen Cross
Producer: Mary Ward-Lowery (BBC Bristol, Radio 4)
Wild Hackney
Producer: Francesca Panetta (Hackney Podcast)
Imison Award (2010)
Presented by David Edgar
Amazing Grace by Michelle Lipton (Radio 4) Atching Tan by Dan Allum (Radio 4)
The Pursuit by Matt Hartley
The Barber and the Ark by Marcia Layne
Tinniswood Award (2010)
Presented by David Edgar
Gerontius by Stephen Wyatt (Radio 4) The Climb by Andrea Earl (Radio 4)
Sarah and Ken by Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Radio 3)
Setting a Glass by Nick Warburton (Radio 4)

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2013[edit]

The ceremony took place on 27 January 2013 and covers audio dramas broadcast between 1 October 2011 and 31 October 2012. The Best Audio Drama Award was split into two - Single Play and Serial - and the Best Supporting Actor/Actress Award was also split into separate awards. It was hosted by David Tennant.[5]

Award Winner Other Nominees
Best Actor
Presented by Penelope Wilton
Andrew Scott
Betrayal by Harold Pinter (BBC Scotland, Radio 4)
Henry Goodman
Ulysses by James Joyce, dramatised by Robin Brooks (Radio 4)
Richard Johnson
Tennyson and Edison by David Pownall (Radio 3)
Best Actress
Presented by Stephen Tompkinson
Michelle Fairley
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, dramatised by Donna Franceschild (BBC Scotland, Radio 4)
Lorraine Ashbourne
Seven Scenes by Nicola Baldwin (Radio 3)
Fenella Woolgar
An American Rose by Charlotte Jones (Radio 4)
Best Supporting Actor
Presented by Maxine Peake
David Troughton
Singles and Doublets by Martyn Wade (Radio 3)
David Crellin
Craven by Amelia Bullmore (Radio 4)
Carl Prekopp
Pilgrim by Sebastian Baczkiewicz (Radio 4)
Best Supporting Actress
Presented by Stephen Mangan
Vicky McClure
Kicking the Air by Christine Murphy (BBC Northern Ireland, Radio 4)
Niamh Cusack
The Man with Wings by Rachel Joyce (Radio 4)
Gillian Kearney
Songs and Lamentations by Michael Symmons Roberts (BBC North, Radio 4)
Best Audio Drama (Single play)
Presented by Lenny Henry
On It by Tony Pitts
Producer: Sally Harrison (for Radio 4)
Betrayal by Harold Pinter
Producer: Gaynor Macfarlane (BBC Scotland, Radio 4)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig, dramatised by Peter Flannery
Producer: Melanie Harris (for Radio 4)
Best Audio Drama (Series or Serial)
Presented by Patricia Cumper
The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll, abridged by Helen Meller
Producer: Polly Thomas (Radio 4)
Pink Mist by Owen Sheers
Producer: Tim Dee (BBC Bristol, Radio 4)
The Mumbai Chuzzlewits dramatised by Ayeesha Menon (from Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens)
Producer: John Dryden (Radio 4)
Best Adaptation
Presented by Nick Dear
A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, dramatised by Tanika Gupta
Producer: Nadia Molinari (BBC North, Radio 3)
The Mumbai Chuzzlewits dramatised by Ayeesha Menon (from Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens)
Producer: John Dryden (Radio 4)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig, dramatised by Peter Flannery
Producer: Melanie Harris (for Radio 4)
Best Use of Sound in an Audio Drama
Presented by Siân Phillips
The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat, dramatised by John Fletcher
Producer: Marc Beeby (Radio 4)
Use it or Lose It by Peter Blegvad
Producer: Iain Chambers (for Radio 3)
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham, dramatised by Jane Rogers
Producer: Nadia Molinari (BBC North, Radio 4)
Best Scripted Comedy
Presented by Nicholas Parsons
Believe It! by Jon Canter
Producer: Clive Brill (for Radio 4)
Alice's Wunderland by Alice Lowe
Producer: Sam Bryant (Radio 4)
I, Regress by Matt Berry
Producer: Sam Bryant (Radio 4)
Best Online Only Audio Drama
Presented by Joseph Millson
Above and Below by Daniel Macnaughton
Producer: Daniel Macnaughton (Aboveandbelowseries.co.uk)
The Minister of Chance by Dan Freeman
Producer: Dan Freeman (Radio Static for ministerofchance.com)
Varanasi by Silva Semerciyan
Producer: Graham Pountney (Screentest Productions for varanasi.theradioplay.com)
Imison Award
Presented by Andrew Davies
Do You Like Banana, Comrades? by Csaba Székely (Radio 4)[6] The Day We Caught the Train by Nick Payne
The Takeover by Paul Sellar
Tinniswood Award
Presented by Andrew Davies
Kafka the Musical by Murray Gold (Radio 3) Angarrack by Christopher William Hill (Radio 4)
Like Minded People by David Eldridge (Radio 4)

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2014[edit]

The ceremony took place on 26 January 2014 and covers audio dramas broadcast between 1 October 2012 and 31 October 2013. It was hosted by Lenny Henry.[8]

Best Original Audio Drama (Single play) - Billions by Ed Harris, produced by Jonquil Panting, BBC Radio Drama for Radio 4

Best Audio Drama (Series or Serial) - An Angel At My Table, written by Janet Frame, adapted by Anita Sullivan, produced by Karen Rose, Sweet Talk for Radio 4

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