Olivia Colman and Rev win big at the BPG Awards

Ecclesiastical sitcom triumphs at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards today in London


BBC2 sitcom Rev won four prizes at today’s Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, including two gongs for cast member Olivia Colman.


Created by and starring Tom Hollander, the show about an East London vicar received the awards for best comedy/entertainment and writing, while Colman was awarded the best actress and breakthrough prizes for her role as vicar’s wife Alex Smallbone, and her performance as Nancy Ronstadt in the BBC1 drama Exile.

Elsewhere at the ceremony, Dominic West was named best actor for his portrayals of Hector Madden in BBC2’s The Hour and Fred West in the ITV1 drama series Appropriate Adult, which also received the best drama award.

The Choir: Military Wives was named best factual programme and BBC2’s Eric and Ernie, about the early lives of Morecambe and Wise, won best single drama.

The best documentary series award went to BBC1’s Frozen Planet, while the best single documentary category was won be Panorama: Undercover Care.

The Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, now in their 38th year, were presented at the Theatre Royal in London on Friday 30 March. The full list of winners is below:

Best single drama

Eric and Ernie (BBC Wales and Blue Door Adventures production for BBC2)

Best drama series

Appropriate Adult (ITV Studios production for ITV1)

Best single documentary

Panorama: Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed (BBC Current Affairs production for BBC1)

Best documentary series

Frozen Planet (BBC, Discovery Channel, Antena 3 Television, ZDF, Skai and Open University co-production with Discovery Canada)

Best comedy/entertainment

Rev (Big Talk Productions for BBC2)

Best factual entertainment

The Choir: Military Wives (Twenty Twenty production for BBC2)

Best multichannel programme

Mad Dogs (Left Bank Pictures production for Sky1)

Best actor

Dominic West (Fred West in Appropriate Adult, for ITV1, and Hector Madden in The Hour, for BBC2)

Best actress

Olivia Colman (Alex Smallbone in Rev, for BBC2, and Nancy Ronstadt in Exile, for BBC1)

Breakthrough award

Olivia Colman (Alex Smallbone in Rev, for BBC2, and Nancy Ronstadt in Exile, for BBC1)

Writer’s award

James Wood and Tom Hollander (Rev, Big Talk Productions for BBC2)

Radio broadcaster of the year

Chris Watson (in recognition of The Wire, produced for BBC Radio 4)

Radio programme of the year

Archive on 4 (BBC Radio production for BBC Radio 4)

Innovation award

Monterosa Productions and Remarkable Television for the online game linked to Channel 4’s The Million Pound Drop


Harvey Lee award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting
Beryl Vertue, founder and chairman, Hartswood Films