Channel 4 has retained its Channel of the Year crown at this year’s Broadcast Awards, where it picked up seven awards.
It also landed Best Daytime Programme for Monkey Kingdom’s The Question Jury, Best Documentary Programme for ITN Productions’ Interview With A Murderer and Best Sports Programme for its coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
C4 received praise across its output and its Paralympics coverage was highlighted as the most ambitious live broadcast in the channel’s history. The judges described it as “sporting and production excellence in tandem – bold, relevant and inspirational”.
BBC2 outshone BBC1, with the former winning four awards to the latter’s one. The Real Marigold Hotel, Exodus, Three Days of Terror and Mum won for BBC2, while Adele at the BBC won for BBC1.
Mum and Cold Feet producer Big Talk was named Best Independent Production Company at the Grosvenor House Hotel event, fending off rivals Studio Lambert, Twofour, RDF Television, ITN Productions and Sid Gentle Films.
BBC2’s Later with Jools Holland picked up the Special Recognition Award after 25 years on air.
See below for a full list of winners and a write-up of each category.
Broadcast Awards 2017: winners
- Channel of the year: Channel 4
- Independent production company: Big Talk Productions
- Post-production house: Envy
- Popular factual programme: The Real Marigold Hotel
- Drama series or serial: This Is England ‘90
- Original programme: Fleabag
- Best documentary series: Exodus: Our Journey To Europe
- Doc programme: Interview with a Murderer
- Single drama: Ellen
- News & current affairs programme: Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks
- Music programme: Adele
- Entertainment programme: The Last Leg
- Sports programme: Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
- Special recognition: Later… With Jools Holland
- Comedy programme: Mum
- Multichannel: Fleabag
- International sales: Last Panthers
- Children’s programme: The Boy on the Bicycle
- Soap or continuing drama: Emmerdale
- Daytime programme: The Question Jury
- Pre-school programme: Topsy and Tim