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
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
Mitra Djalili, Losing It.
Lucie Brownlee, Wife After Death
Jessica Riches, Saturnine
Isaac Burnett , Forque Hall
Future Presenter Award
Kayah Hazell and Vanilla