The votes are in and the winners of this year’s Broadcast Awards have been announced – with some surprising (and not so surprising) results.
Declaring the great and the good of British telly, the ceremony took place at London’s Grosvenor Hotel on Wednesday (February 7) with an all-star guestlist of celebrities from TV and beyond.
Although the Beeb lost The Great British Bake Off to Channel 4, BBC One still scooped the Channel of the Year award. Ironically, C4 won in 2016 and 2017, but it couldn’t match the likes of Three Girls, Strictly Come Dancing and Planet Earth II.
Talking of Three Girls, Nicole Taylor’s hard-hitting miniseries about the Rochdale abuse ring bagged the prestigious Best Drama Series.
Planet Earth II landed Best Documentary Series and Sir David Attenborough won a Special Recognition Award for his many years of service for documentary filmmaking.
On the lighter side of entertainment, Dave’s Taskmaster beat big contenders like I’m a Celebrity and Love Island to win Best Entertainment Programme. However, those randy Love Islanders did secure a win for Best Multichannel Programme.
As for soaps, Channel 4’s Hollyoaks beat out Emmerdale, Coronation Street and EastEnders to wear the esteemed crown of Best Soap/Continuing Drama.
Moving online, Netflix also scored big, winning Best Single Drama for Black Mirror’s ‘San Junipero’ episode. Sadly, although Netflix’s The Crown didn’t win anything, the company behind it (Left Bank Pictures) did snag Best Independent Production Company.
In sports, it was the big-name Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko fight which got the most praise from last year.
Still, the BBC came out on top by winning seven awards, including Best Children’s Programme for Horrible Histories and Best Popular Factual Programme thanks to the Danny Dyer edition of Who Do You Think You Are?.
It may have been a relatively disappointing evening for some of the other big networks, but Channel 4 scored a coup for Best Original Programme with Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds.
If your favourite didn’t win this time around, tune in next year to see if it does any better! CELEBRITIES & GOSSIP