Fresh talent from I Hate Suzie, The Real Eastenders and McDonald & Dodds recognised

Creatives from I Hate Suzie, McDonald & Dodds and River City have been shortlisted for this year’s Edinburgh TV Foundation New Voice Awards.

Georgi Banks-Davies, who directed Sky original I Hate Suzie, is up for the Victor Adebodun debut director award and faces competition from the likes of McDonald & Dodds’ (ITV) Laura Scrivano, The Real EastEnders’ (Channel 4) Ashley Francis-Roy and Catch Her If You Can’s (BBC3) Ben Bryant.

Meanwhile, a crop of debut writers including River City’s (BBC1 Scotland) Ali Taylor and Little Birds’ (Sky Atlantic) Sophia Al-Maria will battle it out in the debut writer category.

C4’s Damilola: The Boy Next Door’s Yinka Bokinni, who recently featured on the Broadcast Newswrap podcast, is up for debut presenter alongside Chanté Joseph, who hosted fellow C4 show How Not to be Racist, and a number of news presenters.

There are also six nominees in the All3Media new drama script and comedy script categories, along with a seven-strong future presenter category.

Sarah Vignoles, Edinburgh Festival’s talent schemes director, said she had been “overwhelmed” by the quality of entries, with a record number in several categories.

“Following such a difficult year for the television industry, it was really heartening to see how many talented people made their writing, directing and presenting debuts in 2020,” she added.

The nominations in full:

Victor Adebodun Debut Director Award

Jemma Gander, How To Stay Out of Jail, Channel 4

Ashley Francis-Roy, The Real Eastenders, Channel 4

Laura Scrivano, McDonald & Dodds Film 2: A Wilderness of Mirrors, ITV

Rosie Baldwin, Disabled not Defeated: The Rock Band with Learning Disabilities - Delta 7, Vice (Noisey)

Ben Bryant, Catch Her If You Can, BBC Three

Georgi Banks-Davies, I Hate Suzie, Sky Atlantic

Nicole Charles, Hair Power: Me & My Afro, Channel 4


Debut Writer Award, supported by Sky

Liz Taylor, Doctors, BBC One

Yolanda Mercy, BBW, Channel 4

Ali Taylor, River City, BBC One Scotland

Sophia Al-Maria, Little Birds, Sky Atlantic

Tom Wentworth, CripTales: The Real Deal, BBC Four

Mandy Redvers-Rowe, Moving On: Second Sight, BBC One


Debut Presenter Award, supported by ITN

Yinka Bokinni, Damilola: The Boy Next Door, Channel 4

Chanté Joseph, How Not To Be Racist, Channel 4

Chris Arnold, BBC Politics West - Cancel Culture, BBC One/ BBC West

Sophia Smith Galer, America’s TikTok Election, BBC World News

Layla Wright, False Hope? Alternative Cancer Cures, BBC Three

Kash Jones, Panorama: Has Covid Stolen My Future?, BBC One

Joice Etutu, BBC Africa Eye - Turkey’s Ghost Ships, BBC World


Test Card Pilot Award, supported by The Farm

This Abled Dancer

phase two

Flavours Without Borders


Films of Fury

News At Kate


All3Media New Drama Script Award

Victoria Morris, The Max Theory

Rachel Clark, The Godstone Girls

Tomi Sunmonu, The Veil: University of Cravenhill

Shyam Popat, Exodus

Tobias Hussey, The Truth

Sarah Louise Madden, Children of the State


All3Media New Comedy Script Award

Anna Costello, Dead Canny

maatin, Unholy

Mitra Djalili, Losing It.

Lucie Brownlee, Wife After Death

Jessica Riches, Saturnine

Isaac Burnett , Forque Hall


Future Presenter Award

Kayah Hazell and Vanilla

Nyasha Sakutukwa

Miray Özdoğan

Jack Gleadow


Anna-Marie Descartes

Muinat Abdul