ITV and Channel 4 neck-and-neck behind BBC – as Sky Arts punches above its weight

BBC2 will be seeking to retain its channel of the year crown against BBC1, Channel 4, Dave, ITV and Sky Arts at the Broadcast Awards 2022.

Sky Arts has been propelled onto the shortlist after receiving five programme category nominations including two shows in the Best Single Drama category, Boys and Romeo & Juliet, and Marina Abramović Takes Over TV up for Best Original Programme.


Sky Arts: Boys

Across five channels – Sky 1, Arts, Documentaries, Kids and Sports – Sky has picked up a total of 11 nominations.

The BBC leads the field with a cumulative 49 nominations across six channels – BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, CBBC, CBeebies and BBC News.

It dominates in three categories, picking up five out of the six available noms in Best Children’s Programme, Best Comedy Programme and Best Multichannel Programme.

Channel 5’s kids strand Milkshake similarly dominates the Best Pre-School Programme category, where it has five of the six nominations. C5’s other nomination is for Inside Chernobyl with Ben Fogle in the Best Specialist Factual Programme category.

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C4 has 20 nominations including It’s A Sin featuring in the Best Drama Series, and Help and Surviving Covid in the returning Best Lockdown Programme category. It has a triple for Best Daytime Programme, with Steph’s Packed Lunch, Drawers Off and The Great House Giveaway all shortlisted.

C4 is neck-and-neck with ITV, which also has 20 nods across its main channel, ITV2 and CITV. Flicker Productions’ Kate Garraway: Finding Derek is nominated for both Best Lockdown Programme and Best Documentary Programme.

Kate Garraway Finding Derek

Kate Garraway: Finding Derek

Flicker also features in the Emerging Indie of the Year category, alongside Air TV, Cardiff Productions, Doc Hearts, Licklemor Productions and South Shore.

In the main Best Independent Production Company category, 72 Films, Bad Wolf and Hungry Bear take on Monkey Kingdom, Tuesday’s Child and World Productions. 

Netflix and Amazon received three and one nod respectively. Netflix’s Too Hot To Handle is up for Best Entertainment Programme, The Surgeon’s Cut for Best Specialist Factual Programme, and Sam Smith: Love Goes – Live at Abbey Road Studios for Best Music Programme, while Amazon’s Clarkson’s Farm is up for Best Popular Factual Programme.

The awards take place on 10 February at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House on Park Lane.

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Broadcast Awards shortlist 2022

Best Children’s Programme

Sponsored by dock10

Almost Never

Saltbeef TV for BBC


Wildseed Studios, Ingenious Media, Telegael & Toonz for Sky Kids

My Life: Picture Perfect

Big Deal Films for CBBC

My Life: I’m Leading the Dance

The Format Factory for BBC

Planet Defenders

BBC Studios Natural History Unit for BBC

The Rubbish World of Dave Spud

The Illuminated Film Company for CITV

Best Comedy Programme

Sponsored by Pinewood TV Studios

Alma’s Not Normal

Expectation for BBC

Dreaming Whilst Black

Big Deal Films for BBC


Monumental Television in association with Them There for BBC


Kudos for BBC


Avalon for BBC

We Are Lady Parts

Working Title & NBC Universal for Channel 4

Best Daytime Programme

Drawers Off

MultiStory Media for Channel 4

Good Morning Britain

ITV Studios Daytime for ITV

Moving On

LA Productions for BBC

Murder, Mystery and My Family

Chalkboard TV for BBC

Steph’s Packed Lunch

Can Can/Expectation for Channel 4

The Great House Giveaway

Chwarel TV for Channel 4

Best Documentary Programme

2020: The Story of Us

Docsville Studios & Expanded Media for ITV

Black Power: A British Story of Resistance 

Rogan Productions, Lammas Park & Turbine Studios for BBC

Damilola: The Boy Next Door

Acme Films for Channel 4

Finding Jack Charlton

Noah Media Group for BBC

Kate Garraway: Finding Derek

Flicker Productions for ITV

Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency

Twofour for BBC

Best Documentary Series

Sponsored by The Complete Camera Company

24 Hours in Police Custody (Black Widow)

The Garden Productions for Channel 4

9/11: One Day in America

72 Films for Nat Geo

Football’s Darkest Secret

Insight TWI, Passion Pictures and VeryMuchSo in association with Ventureland for BBC

Liverpool Narcos

Blast! Films for Sky Documentaries

The Detectives: Fighting Organised Crime

Minnow Films & The Open University for BBC


Rogan Productions, Lammas Park & Turbine Studios for BBC

Best Drama Series or Serial

Sponsored by ACF Investment Bank

It’s a Sin

Red Production Company, a StudioCanal Company & HBO Max in association with All3Media International for Channel 4

Manhunt: The Night Stalker

Buffalo Pictures for ITV

Small Axe

Turbine Studios & Lammas Park for BBC


HTM Television for ITV

The Serpent

Mammoth Screen for BBC


BBC Studios for BBC

Best Entertainment Programme

Sponsored by BBC Studioworks

Don’t Hate The Playaz

Monkey Kingdom for ITV2

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

Lifted Entertainment for ITV

Strictly Come Dancing

BBC Studios for BBC

The Masked Singer

Bandicoot Scotland for ITV & STV

The Ranganation

Zeppotron for BBC

Too Hot To Handle

Thames and Talkback for Netflix

Best Lockdown Programme 


The Forge for Channel 4

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

Lifted Entertainment for ITV

Kate Garraway: Finding Derek

Flicker Productions for ITV

Pandemic 2020

KEO Films for BBC


GCB Films/Infinity Hill for BBC

Surviving Covid

Sandpaper Films for Channel 4

Best Multichannel Programme

Big Zuu’s Big Eats

Boom for Dave

Defending Digga D

Lambent Productions for BBC


Roughcut TV/ Primal Media for BBC

Meet The Khans: Big In Bolton

Chatterbox for BBC

Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency

Twofour for BBC

The Rap Game UK

Naked (a Fremantle label) for BBC

Best Music Programme

Sponsored by Maidstone Studio

A Day in the Live

Electric Robin & Fly on the Wall for YouTube Originals

Charles Hazlewood: Beethoven & Me

Factory 42 for Sky Arts

Michael Kiwanuka & Laura Marling: 6 Music Festival 2021


Sam Smith: Love Goes – Live at Abbey Road Studios

SiFi Productions & Mercury Studios for Netflix

The Live Revival

CC-Lab for Sky Arts

Tonight With Target

Naked (a Fremantle label), New Wave & 10Eden for BBC

Best News/Current Affairs Programme

54 Days: China and the Pandemic

BBC & This World for BBC

Hunting the People Smugglers (Exposure)

David Modell Productions for ITV

Muslim in Trump’s America (Exposure)

Fuuse Films for ITV

Storming the Capitol

ITV News & ITN for ITV

The Black Maternity Scandal

Proper Content for Channel 4

Undercover in the Schools that Chain Boys

BBC News Arabic Documentaries for BBC

Best Original Programme

Sponsored by IMG Studios


BBC Studios for BBC

In The Footsteps Of Killers

Alaska TV for Channel 4

Krept & Konan: We Are England

Acme Films in association with COPA90 and Ten Toes Media for BBC

Marina Abramović Takes Over TV

Northern Town for Sky Arts

The Great House Giveaway

Chwarel TV for Channel 4


Shoebox Films/Sonia Friedman Productions for BBC

Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins

Minnow Films for Channel 4

Clarkson’s Farm

Expectation for Amazon Prime Video

Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back

Rumpus Media for Channel 4

Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace

Wall to Wall for ITV

The Rap Game UK

Naked (a Fremantle label) for BBC

The Surrogates

Sundog Pictures for BBC

Best Post Production House

  • Envy
  • Fifty Fifty
  • Films at 59
  • Halo Post Production
  • Splice
  • The Edit

Best Pre-School Programme

Sponsored by Fitzrovia Post Production

Go Green with the Grimwades

Doc Hearts for Channel 5 Milkshake!


Fourth Wall for Milkshake, Channel 5


Alphablocks for BBC & CBeebies


Sixteen South and Letko for Channel 5 Milkshake!

Pip & Posy

Magic Light Pictures for Channel 5 Milkshake! and Sky Kids

World According to Grandpa

Saffron Cherry Productions for Channel 5 Milkshake!

Best Single Drama

Sponsored by Screen Scotland


SLNda for Sky Arts

Danny Boy

Expectation for BBC


The Forge for Channel 4

I Am Victoria

Me and You Productions for Channel 4

Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse

Hartswood Films for Sky One

Romeo & Juliet

National Theatre in association with Sabel Productions/Cuba Pictures for Sky Arts

Best Soap/Continuing Drama


BBC Studios for BBC

Coronation Street

ITV Studios for ITV


BBC Studios for BBC


ITV Studios for ITV

Holby City

BBC Studios for BBC


Lime Pictures for E4/Channel 4 

Best Specialist Factual Programme

911: Inside the President’s War Room

Wish/Art Films for BBC

Hair Power: Me and My Afro

Pulse Films for Channel 4

Horizon Special: The Vaccine

Wingspan Productions for BBC

Inside Chernobyl with Ben Fogle

Remarkable Television for Channel 5

Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain

Blast! Films for BBC

The Surgeon’s Cut

BBC Studios for Netflix

Best Sports Programme

Sponsored by NEP

ITV Racing: 2021 Grand National

ITV Sport for ITV

Sky Sports European Super League Coverage

Sky Sports for Sky Sports Premier League

The Hundred

Sky Sports for Sky Sports The Hundred

The Paralympics

Whisper for Channel 4

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

BBC Sport for BBC

Uefa Euro 2020

ITV Sport for ITV 

International Programme Sales

Alex Rider

Sony Pictures Television for Sony Pictures Television & Eleventh Hour Films

Death in Paradise

BBC Studios for Red Planet Pictures

Inside Chernobyl With Ben Fogle

Banijay Rights for Remarkable

It’s A Sin

All3Media International for RED Production Company & HBO Max in association with All3Media International

Planet Defenders

Fremantle for BBC Natural History Unit

Emerging Indie of the Year

  • Air TV
  • Cardiff Productions
  • Doc Hearts
  • Flicker Productions
  • Licklemor Productions
  • South Shore

Best Independent Production Company

  • 72 Films
  • Bad Wolf
  • Hungry Bear Media
  • Monkey Kingdom
  • Tuesday’s Child
  • World Productions

Channel of the Year

  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • Channel 4
  • Dave
  • ITV
  • Sky Arts