Radio 4's Tweet of the day flies high at BPG Awards

Song thrush on a branch 'Our day has come,' calls the song thrush

It was a good day for the birds.

Tweet of the Day took radio programme of the year at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards on Friday.

The show about birds' songs and calls was up against Woman's Hour, The Long View and The Russian Gambler, all on Radio 4.

It was one of a number of BBC wins at the ceremony, held at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London. Now in their 40th year, the awards are voted for by journalists specialising in television, radio and the media.

BBC Two fared particularly well, picking up three awards for its programmes: best single drama (The Wipers Times), best actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor for Dancing on the Edge) and the breakthrough award for Jamie Dornan, who starred in The Fall.

Channel 4 equalled BBC Two's haul, winning all four awards in the factual categories: best single documentary (Syria: Across the Lines), best documentary series (Educating Yorkshire) and best factual entertainment (Gogglebox).

The event arguably belonged to ITV's Broadchurch, which also picked up three awards. The highly acclaimed programme won best drama series, best actress (Olivia Colman) and best writer (Chris Chibnall).

BBC One picked up a single award for Strictly Come Dancing, which triumphed in the entertainment/comedy category. Now coming up to its 10th year, the award was picked up by Bruce Forsyth.

Mishal Husain, a recent addition to Radio 4's Today programme, lost out to LBC's Nick Ferrari, who walked away with the coveted radio broadcaster of the year.

Broadcasting Press Guild Awards in full

Best Single Drama: The Wipers Times, BBC Two

Best Drama Series: Broadchurch, ITV

Best Single Documentary: Syria: Across the Lines, Channel 4

Best Documentary Series: Educating Yorkshire, Channel 4

Best Entertainment/Comedy: Strictly Come Dancing, BBC One

Best Multichannel Programme: The Tunnel, Sky Atlantic

Best Factual Entertainment: Gogglebox, Channel 4

Radio Broadcaster of the Year: The Nick Ferrari Breakfast Show, LBC

Radio Programme of the Year: Tweet of the Day, Radio 4

Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor - Dancing on the Edge, BBC Two

Best Actress: Olivia Colman - Broadchurch, ITV

Best Writer: Chris Chibnall - Broadchurch, ITV

Breakthrough Award: Jamie Dornan - The Fall, BBC Two

Innovation Award: Sky Television - for 25 years of innovation

Harvey Lee Award: Andrew Davies

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