The six nominees

The programmes in the running for the Best Drama prize at the Broadcast Awards 2021 highlight the depth of quality British-produced drama series.

Strictly Come Dancing co-presenter Claudia Winkleman will front this year’s virtual ceremony, in a show that will feature a wealth of special guests and leading industry names from 6.30pm on 27 May.

The drama series shortlist is as follows:


This haunting retelling of the story of serial killer Dennis Nilsen from New Pictures hit a peak viewing figure of almost 10 million for ITV as lead David Tennant demonstrated why he is one of the nation’s most-popular actors.

Billie Piper’s performance as the troubled Suzie Pickles is immense as she moves through the gears of shock, denial, fear, shame, bargaining, guilt, anger and acceptance with ease. Produced by Bad Wolffor Sky Atlantic.

Dealing with the twin themes of sexual assault and race, I May Destroy You announced writer and star Michaela Coel as a global force to be reckoned with. Produced by Various Artists and Coel’s Falkna Productions for BBC1.

Room director Lenny Abrahamson’s beautiful adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel captivated its audience from start to finish and has firmly kickstarted the careers of its young leads – Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones. Produced by Element Pictures for BBC3.

Writer James Graham brilliantly captured the story of the ‘Coughing Major’ and gave a sense of importance to this bizarre tale that fascinated the nation two decades ago. Produced by Left Bank Pictures for ITV.

Charlie Covell’s global hit dialled up the intrigue and irreverence and brought with it a host of compelling fresh characters, with Naomi Ackie outstanding as Bonnie. Produced by Clerkenwell Films and Dominic Buchanan Productions for Channel 4.