Winners of the BBC Audio Drama Awards announced

The quality of our radio drama is one of the things that makes me proud to be British. Acting on the radio is challenging, inspiring, delicate and always a privilege."David Tennant
Date: 27.01.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.00
The winners of the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2013 were announced at a special event hosted by actor David Tennant in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House.

The awards are a celebration of audio drama, on air and online, and are about giving recognition to the actors, writers, producers, sound designers, and others who work in the genre.

The winners of the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2013 are:

Best Actor in an Audio Drama, presented by Penelope Wilton

Andrew Scott in Betrayal by Harold Pinter, produced by Gaynor Macfarlane, BBC Scotland for Radio 4

Best Actress in an Audio Drama, presented by Stephen Tompkinson

Michelle Fairley in The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, dramatised by Donna Franceschild, produced by Kirsty Williams, BBC Scotland for Radio 4

Best Supporting Actor in an Audio Drama, presented by Maxine Peake

David Troughton in Singles and Doublets by Martyn Wade, produced by Cherry Cookson, Rockethouse Productions for Radio 3

Best Supporting Actress in an Audio Drama, presented by Stephen Mangan

Vicky McClure in Kicking the Air by Christine Murphy, produced by Heather Larmour, BBC Northern Ireland for Radio 4

Best Audio Drama (Single play), presented by Lenny Henry

On It by Tony Pitts, produced by Sally Harrison, Woolyback Productions for Radio 4

Best Audio Drama (Series or Serial), presented by Patricia Cumper

The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll, abridged by Helen Meller, produced by Polly Thomas, Somethin’ Else Productions for Radio 4

Best Adaptation from Another Source, presented by Nick Dear

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Tanika Gupta, produced by Nadia Molinari, BBC North for Radio 3

Best Use of Sound in an Audio Drama, presented by Siân Phillips

The Cruel Sea, written by Nicholas Monsarrat, dramatised by John Fletcher, produced by Marc Beeby, BBC Radio Drama for Radio 4

Best Scripted Comedy, presented by Nicholas Parsons

Believe It! by Jon Canter, produced by Clive Brill, Pacificus Productions for Radio 4

Best Online Only Audio Drama, presented by Joseph Millson

Above and Below written and produced by Daniel Macnaughton, for Aboveandbelowseries.co.uk

The winner of the Imison Award 2012 for Best Script by a New Writer presented by Andrew Davies is Do You Like Banana, Comrades? by Csaba Székely

And the winner of the Tinniswood Radio Drama Award 2012 for Best Radio Drama Script, also presented by Andrew Davies is Kafka the Musical by Murray Gold

Alison Hindell, Head of Audio Drama, BBC says: “It’s fantastic that the BBC is underlining its commitment to the unique genre of audio drama with these awards.  The fact that millions of people listen every day says something about how special it is and this evening is a wonderful way to celebrate the many different talents, both well-known and those at the start of their careers, that go into creating the programmes.”

David Tennant, actor, says: "The quality of our radio drama is one of the things that makes me proud to be British. Acting on the radio is challenging, inspiring, delicate and always a privilege. Radio drama is often overlooked and undervalued next to its showier younger siblings on the television and in the cinema, and yet it is on the wireless that so many important and brilliant talents have been discovered and nurtured. I am delighted radio drama is being celebrated in this way."

You'll be able to hear some of the BBC winning audio dramas again, including On It, Do you Like Banana, Comrades? and The Grapes of Wrath on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC Radio 3 from Wednesday 13 February.

In its inaugural year, the BBC Drama Awards 2012 - the first awards of its kind - received more than 150 entries from dramas created across the country and internationally. Winners included David Tennant for Best Actor, acclaimed writer Katie Hims for Best Audio Drama, Andrew Scott for Best Supporting Actor and writer Hugh Hughes for Best Scripted Comedy Drama. This year, more than 180 entries were received.

Notes to editors

  • The BBC Audio Drama Awards cover audio dramas first broadcast in English in the UK between 1 October 2011 and 31 October 2012 – or first uploaded/published for free listening online in the UK during the same period
  • Entries were welcome from all makers of audio drama, and were not restricted to BBC broadcasts
  • Each programme producer could enter up to three categories (one entry only per category)
  • The audio drama had to be submitted exactly as broadcast or uploaded
  • There was no entry fee
  • Andrew Scott, winner in the Best Actor category, was the winner of last year’s Best Supporting Actor
  • Murray Gold, winner of the Tinniswood Radio Drama Award, won the Imison Award for his first play

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