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Broadcasting Press Guild Awards 2019: Killing Eve and A Very English Scandal lead the winners

Find out who else won at today’s awards lunch.

Killing Eve
Credit: BBC

The winners for the 45th Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, sponsored by Virgin Media, have been announced today.

A Very English Scandal and Killing Eve, both BBC TV dramas, lead the winners with three prizes each. The former picked up Best Single Drama/Mini Series, Best Actor for Hugh Grant and Best Writer for Russell T. Davies.

Killing Eve won Best Drama Series, Best Actress for Jodie Comer and Best Online First/Streaming Award.

Jake Kanter, BPG Chair, said: “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. In fact, this year, we had a record number of votes, which is testament to the enduring qualities of the BPG and the brilliance of the output.

“Drama’s hot streak continued. We had killer antiheroes, political subterfuge, and dangerous trysts.

Elsewhere, five kids from Derry created history in Northern Ireland, two jokers went fishing and hooked an unexpected hit, and the retelling of one unthinkable murder shocked the nation all over again.”

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

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

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 UK on BBC Three as a box set on BBC iPlayer

Best Comedy

Derry Girls

A Hat Trick Productions production for Channel 4

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

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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