Channel 4 has retained its Channel of the Year crown at this year’s Broadcast Awards, where it picked up seven awards.
Retaining this award is rare, but Channel 4’s success should come as no surprise – it is based on the most comprehensive, creative and successful slate of returning brands in the business.
Access to the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan secured a fast-turnaround commission for Drummer TV for this My Life documentary, which sought to give young viewers an insight into Syrian children’s lives.
Big Talk’s six-part series was a genuinely funny and moving piece of work that “subverted expectations”, according to one judge.
The development team at Monkey Kingdom created The Question Jury after watching the 1950s film Twelve Angry Men, in which a group of strangers are stuck in a jury room together, leading to much drama and debate.
It was a landmark year for the true crime genre but Interview With A Murderer, which featured former ambulance man Bert Spencer, widely suspected of killing paperboy Carl Bridgewater, stood out.
We all think we know the migration story – our news is saturated with it. But this was the real story, stripped back and bare.” So said one judge of the category’s clear winner.
The third and final chapter of Shane Meadows’ highly acclaimed series This Is England combined tension, desperation and sadness, flavoured by the distinctive sounds of 1990, as the gang reunited for the last time.
The Last Leg took a giant leap forward in 2016 with a live, daily pre-watershed show reviewing the Rio Paralympics.
A bumper year for one of comedy’s pre-eminent producers, 2016 saw Big Talk build on the continued success of its established slate with the launch of several cracking new series.
The Last Panthers was a truly global series. Co-produced by British indie Warp Films and French producer Haut et Court for Sky Atlantic and French premium network Canal+, it was shot across four European cities in three languages.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s lost, filthy, lovable character broke hearts while breaking the fourth wall in BBC Three’s six-part sitcom, hailed by judges as a “brilliant unique voice” that was “breathing new life” into British comedy.
The judges were impressed that the hour-long special had the “ambition to match the singing talent of the Chasing Pavements star”.
As close as one wants to get to a terrorist attack”, was one judge’s verdict on Amos Pictures’ 60-minute film, which traced the events in Paris on 7 January 2015, when two brothers forced their way into the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Any fears that BBC Three shows might drop off the radar following its move online were dispelled by Fleabag.
The Real Marigold Hotel blurred genres and addressed diverse themes – and became a massive ratings hit. More than 4 million people tuned in to its clever combination of celebrity reality show, travelogue and documentary.
Envy’s sixth Best Post-Production House award puts the facility ahead of all its rivals.
Having taken the adage about children and animals as an open challenge, Darrall Macqueen took things to the next level for series three of Topsy And Tim.
Ellen is a touching, brutal and unforgettable rendering of the life of an isolated and vulnerable 14-year-old girl. In the words of one judge, it was “an extraordinary, beautifully written, directed and performed film that haunted me for days”.
It’s a second consecutive win for the Yorkshire-set soap, whose most talked-about storyline of the year was Aaron finding the courage to confide in his mother that he was a victim of sexual abuse.
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