‘What they share is the alchemy that takes place when clever, creative ideas combine with amazing production and top-tier on-screen talent’
At first glance, Nicôle Lecky and Lee Mack don’t have much in common. One is a writer, actor and singer, and the creative powerhouse behind Best Original Programme winner Mood; the other is a mainstream comic genius, whose mixture of bonhomie and scathing comments are at the heart of double award winner The 1% Club (Best Entertainment Programme; International Programme Sales).
What they share is the alchemy that takes place when clever, creative ideas combine with amazing production and top-tier on-screen talent.
There are plenty of other examples among this year’s winners, such as Best Single Drama Then Barbara Met Alan and Best Drama Series or Serial This Is Going To Hurt. The latter articulated the immense pressure facing the NHS as well as any documentary could, and helped Sister land the coveted Best Independent Production Company award.
It was a highlight for BBC1, the Channel of the Year, too. BBC1 also brought the country Paddington’s tea party with the Queen, the Lionesses’ stunning win and Mo Farah telling the extraordinary story of his childhood.
When the debate over how the BBC should be funded kicks to later this year, it will have plenty of evidence to support its case.
- Chris Curtis is the editor in chief of Broadcast