The BBC Audio Drama Awards return for a third year to celebrate the exceptional talent and vibrancy of audio drama, with entries open from today (Tuesday 17 September). The awards pay tribute to the cultural importance of audio drama, on air and online, and are intended to give recognition to the actors, writers, producers, sound designers and others who work in the genre.
Following on from last year’s hugely successful ceremony, hosted by David Tennant, the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2014 is once again calling for entries from all makers of audio drama, both for the BBC and other broadcasters, analogue, digital and online.
Vicky McClure, Stephen Mangan, Michelle Fairley and Stephen Tompkinson at 2013 ceremony
In addition, for the first time, listeners will be able to vote for their favourite audio drama through the Radio Times Readers’ Award.
The BBC is delighted also to be joining forces for a third time with the Society of Authors and Writers’ Guild of Great Britain to announce and celebrate the winners of this year’s Imison Award for best original radio drama by a writer new to radio and the Tinniswood Award for best original radio drama script.
Last year’s star studded event saw Andrew Scott take home the award for Best Actor, Michelle Fairley win Best Actress and Murray Gold receive the Tinniswood Radio Drama Award 2013 for Best Radio Drama Script. Among those presenting the awards were Lenny Henry, Maxine Peake, Stephen Mangan, Penelope Wilton and Stephen Tompkinson.
David Tenant presents the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2013
Short-listed entries will be announced on Monday 6 Jan 2014 and the winners revealed at a ceremony to be held on 26 January 2014 in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House, London.
The award categories are:
- Best Original Audio Drama (Single Play)
- Best Audio Drama (Series or Serial)
- Best Audio Drama (Adaptation)
- Best Actor in an Audio Drama
- Best Actress in an Audio Drama
- Best Supporting Actor in an Audio Drama
- Best Supporting Actress in an Audio Drama
- Best Use of Sound in an Audio Drama
- Best Scripted Comedy Drama (script award)
- Best Scripted Comedy with a Live Audience (script award)
- Best Online/Non-Broadcast
The closing date for submissions is midnight on Friday 11 October 2013 and short-listed entries will be announced on Monday 6 Jan 2014. The winners will be revealed at a ceremony to be held on 26 January 2014 in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House, London.
Helen Boaden, Director of BBC Radio, says: “I am delighted that these inspiring awards will be running for their third year. They celebrate the creativity, range and popularity of a unique genre which we do especially well in this country. This year is likely to be one of the most hotly contested after a period of such strong, top-quality drama. I’m excited to see just which dramas make the shortlist.”