BBC Audio Drama Awards return for third year to celebrate outstanding talent

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.”Helen Boaden, Director, BBC Radio
Date: 17.09.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.00
Category: Radio 4; Radio; Drama
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 is once again calling for entries from all makers of audio drama, both for the BBC and other broadcasters, analogue, digital and online.

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.

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.

This year, the award categories open for nominations 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

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.”

The closing date for submissions is midnight on Friday 11 October 2013. For more information and to download the entry form, see

Notes to Editors

Rules of entry

  • The BBC Audio Drama Awards 2014 will cover audio dramas' first broadcast in English in the UK between 1 October 2012 and 31 October 2013 or first uploaded/published for free listening online in the UK during the same period (Best Online/Non-Broadcast category is an exception – see below). Productions may be entered from anywhere in the world subject to these criteria
  • Entries may be made by producers, directors or senior executives with a maximum of three entries per individual and one entry only per category
  • There is no stipulation regarding length but the drama must be submitted exactly as broadcast or uploaded, with the exception of entries for Best Supporting Actor/Actress (see below)
  • Entry forms should be emailed to:
  • The closing date for electronic submissions is midnight on 11 October 2013
  • For each entry, send 6 x CD copies of the play with a paper copy of the entry form to: BBC Audio Drama Awards 2013, Room G008, BBC Broadcasting House, Llantrisant Road, Cardiff CF5 2YQ. Each CD should be marked with the title of the production and the award category
  • There is no entry fee
  • For entries for Best Audio Drama (Series or Serial), one episode only should be submitted
  • The Best Supporting Actor/Actress awards may be given for a single performance or, for regular radio actors, may be used to recognise a body of work broadcast within the dates stipulated in Rule 1. In this case, a showcase of relevant clips should be compiled as supporting material with a maximum total duration of 60 minutes
  • In either of the Best Scripted Comedy categories, entries may be for single plays or for single episodes from a series/serial
  • Entries for the Best Scripted Comedy categories should submit the script electronically either as a Word document or as a PDF file
  • The Best Online/Non-Broadcast category is intended to recognise quality work which has been made available on other platforms (eg online podcasts, streaming, commercial productions). Entries must consist of original full-cast dramas, and commercial releases are eligible for this category only. Only three entries per production company – not individual – may be entered for this category

The judging

A number of panels will listen to the submissions and choose winners for each category. The judges will come from the BBC and outside.

Shortlisted entries

The shortlisted entries will be announced on 6 January 2014.

The winners

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House London on the evening of 26 January 2014. Two guests will be invited to attend for each shortlisted entry. The existing Imison and Tinniswood Awards (judged and administered by the Society of Authors and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain) and the first Radio Times Readers’ Award (administered by the Radio Times and voted for by readers) will also be announced at the ceremony.