“A raft of high-quality shows demonstrate the innovation, creativity and fantastic storytelling that British TV is so well known for”
The roll call of winners at the Broadcast Awards 2019 is something to behold: a raft of high-quality shows that demonstrate the innovation, creativity and fantastic storytelling that British TV is so well known for.
Special mention must go to BBC Studios’ Killed By My Debt, winner of two awards (Best Multichannel Programme and Best Single Drama), which continued BBC Three’s fine run of factual drama.
Meanwhile, Channel 4 delivered two of the most distinctive new shows from opposite ends of the spectrum: terrifying access doc Prison (Best Documentary Series) and the super-distinctive Derry Girls (Best Comedy Programme).
And while World Productions mega-hit Bodyguard may have lost out to BBC One’s superb A Very English Scandal in the Best Drama Series category, its remarkable performance played a key part in the label winning Best Independent Production Company.
Meanwhile, ITV richly deserved its first Channel of the Year accolade since 2014. Its highlights included Saturday Night Takeaway (Best Entertainment Programme) hitting new heights and The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night (Best Popular Factual Programme) delivering laughter and tears in equal measure.
Sounds like British TV at its best.
- Chris Curtis is the editor in chief of Broadcast