Winners of BBC Audio Drama Awards 2014 announced

The BBC is unique in realising the power of radio drama. It is something we have believed in for 90 years – and continue to champion. Britain is famous for the quality of its writers, actors and directors. My congratulations to everyone involved.”Tony Hall, BBC Director-General
Date: 26.01.2014     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.07
Category: Radio 3; Radio 4; Radio
The winners of the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2014 were announced tonght (Sunday 26 January) at a special event hosted by actor Lenny Henry and BBC Director General Tony Hall, in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House.

Winners include Lee Ross (EastEnders), Claire Rushbrook (Whitechapel), Shaun Dooley (Misfits), and Doctor Who: Dark Eyes.

A special Lifetime Achievement Award was also presented to June Spencer by Tony Hall. June, aged 94, who plays Peggy Woolley in The Archers, has been in the show since the pilot episode in 1950, making her the longest-serving soap-star in the world.

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.

Prize-givers at the ceremony included Alison Steadman, Stephen Tompkinson, Jessica Raine, Mark Ravenhill, Meera Syal and Fiona Shaw.

The winners of the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2013 are:

Best Original Audio Drama (Single play)

Billions by Ed Harris, produced by Jonquil Panting, BBC Radio Drama for Radio 4

Best Audio Drama (Series or Serial)

An Angel At My Table, written by Janet Frame, adapted by Anita Sullivan, produced by Karen Rose, Sweet Talk for Radio 4

Best Audio Drama (Adaptation)

Sword Of Honour by Evelyn Waugh and dramatised by Jeremy Front, produced by Sally Avens, BBC Radio Drama for Radio 4

Best Actor in an Audio Drama

Lee Ross in King David, produced by Mary Peate, BBC Radio Drama for Radio 3

Best Actress in an Audio Drama

Christine Bottomley in My Boy, produced by Polly Thomas, Somethin’ Else for Radio 4

Best Supporting Actor in an Audio Drama

Shaun Dooley in The Gothic Imagination: Frankenstein, produced by Marc Beeby, BBC Radio Drama for Radio 4

Best Supporting Actress in an Audio Drama

Claire Rushbrook in King David, produced by Mary Peate, BBC Radio Drama for Radio 3

Best Use of Sound in an Audio Drama

He Died With His Eyes Open, produced by Sasha Yevtushenko, sound design by Caleb Knightley, BBC Radio Drama for Radio 4

Best Scripted Comedy Drama

Love And Sweets 3: Grand Canyon by Richard Marsh, produced by Ben Worsfield, Lucky Giant for Radio 4

Best Scripted Comedy (Studio Audience)

Sketchorama: Absolutely Special, written by Pete Baikie, Morwenna Banks, Moray Hunter, Gordon Kennedy and John Sparkes, produced by Gus Beattie, Comedy Unit for BBC Radio 4

Best Online or Non-Broadcast Audio drama

Doctor Who: Dark Eyes, written by Nicholas Briggs, produced by Martin Montague for Big Finish

The winner of the Imison Award for Best Script by a New Writer presented by Howard Brenton, is The Loving Ballad of Captain Bateman by Joseph Wilde with Tim van Eyken.

And the winner of the Tinniswood Radio Drama Award for Best Radio Drama Script, also presented by Howard Brenton, is Marathon Tales by Colin Teevan and Hannah Silva.

Tony Hall, BBC Director-General said: “The BBC is unique in realising the power of radio drama. It is something we have believed in for 90 years – and continue to champion. Britain is famous for the quality of its writers, actors and directors. My congratulations to everyone involved.”

Paying tribute to June Spencer, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Sean O’Connor, Editor of The Archers, said: “June is an extraordinary woman who has committed her life to the BBC and The Archers. At 94, absolutely nothing fazes her.

"She performed with heart-breaking dignity in the recent episodes, using her instincts as an actress and channelling her own difficult experiences of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. It’s a testament to her that these episodes have managed to move listeners so profoundly. Over the years, no other programme has highlighted the cares of her generation so truthfully - and no other actress has articulated them with such depth, humour and subtlety.”

You'll be able to hear some of the BBC winning audio dramas again, including The Sleeper, Sketchorama: Absolutely Special, Billions and Gestapo Minutes from Saturday 8 February.

Previous winners include David Tennant and Andrew Scott for Best Actor, acclaimed writer Katie Hims for Best Audio Drama, Game of Thrones actress Michelle Fairley for Best Actress and writer Hugh Hughes for Best Scripted Comedy Drama.

Notes to Editors

  • The BBC Audio Drama Awards 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
  • 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

ER