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Broadcast Awards 2017

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C4 reigns at Broadcast Awards 2017

Channel 4 has retained its Channel of the Year crown at this year’s Broadcast Awards, where it picked up seven awards.


Channel of the year: Channel 4

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.

The Boy on the Bicycle

Children's programme: The Boy on the Bicycle

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.


Comedy programme: Mum

Big Talk’s six-part series was a genuinely funny and moving piece of work that “subverted expectations”, according to one judge.

The Question Jury

Daytime programme: The Question Jury

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.

Interview with a Murderer

Documentary programme: Interview With A Murderer

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.


Documentary series: Exodus: Our Journey Into Europe

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.

This is England 90

Drama series or serial: This Is England '90

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

Entertainment programme: The Last Leg

The Last Leg took a giant leap forward in 2016 with a live, daily pre-watershed show reviewing the Rio Paralympics.

Cold Feet

Independent production company: Big Talk Productions

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

International programme sales: The Last Panthers

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.


Multichannel programme: Fleabag

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.

Adele At The BBC

Music programme: Adele At The BBC

The judges were impressed that the hour-long special had the “ambition to match the singing talent of the Chasing Pavements star”.

The Charlie Hebdo Attacks

News & current affairs programme: Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks

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.

Original programme: Fleabag

Any fears that BBC Three shows might drop off the radar following its move online were dispelled by Fleabag.

The Real Marigold Hotel

Popular factual programme: The Real Marigold Hotel

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.

Top Gear

Post-production house: Envy

Envy’s sixth Best Post-Production House award puts the facility ahead of all its rivals.

Topsy And Tim

Pre-school programme: Topsy and Tim

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.


Single drama: Ellen

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”.

Soap or continuing drama: Emmerdale

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.

Later with Jools Holland

Special recognition: Later... With Jools Holland

Think of a breakthrough recording artist of the past 25 years and the chances are you saw them first on Later… With Jools Holland.


Sports programme: Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Following the London 2012 Paralympics was a tough challenge, but not only did the Team GB athletes in Rio surpass their previous medal haul, Channel 4’s coverage of the event also hit new heights.

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