Broadchurch’s haul of silverware is growing fast as it continues to win big at this year’s major awards ceremonies. The latest came last night at the annual Broadcast Awards where the drama took home best drama series and a gong for international programme sales.
Chris Chibnall’s eight-part detective drama – which starred David Tennant and Olivia Colman – has already collected prizes at the TV Choice Awards and last week’s South Bank Awards, although it failed to beat Doctor Who at the National Television Awards last month.
Fellow winners at yesterday’s ceremony included Channel 4’s Gogglebox, which won for both best popular factual programme and best original programme, plus Educating Yorkshire which was handed the accolade for best documentary series, beating Inside Claridge’s and David Attenborough’s Africa.
“Broadchurch breathed new life into the whodunit, Educating Yorkshire was funny and moving, and Gogglebox was a genuine word-of-mouth smash,” said Broadcast editor Chris Curtis of the trio of winners. “All three have the potential to be big international successes, and prove the power of British TV.”
ITV enjoyed a successful evening, adding to Broadchurch’s win with Coronation Street’s best soap/continuing drama gong and Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway best entertainment programme, and being named channel of the year, an accolade it also received at last year’s Edinburgh Television Festival.
Meanwhile, Sky Arts 1’s A Young Doctor’s Notebook – starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe – won best multi-channel programme, Charlie Brooker’s A Tough of Cloth II: Undercover Cloth was awarded best comedy programme, and the BBC adaptation of David Walliams’s Mr Stink was awarded best children’s programme.
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