“Why is it always genre now, didn’t there used to be a section called drama? Does it all have to be…serial killers?,” he said after collecting the Harvey Lee award for an outstanding contribution to broadcasting.
Adding that “there is a corpse in every episode” of many dramas he joked: “I don’t think people should be allowed to write serial killer drama until they have killed at least three people themselves. Let’s have more human heart stuff without killers.”
Davies did not specify which shows he was referring to, but it seems that he has in mind shows such as the acclaimed The Fall which chronicled the grisly killings of a Northern Irish killer played by Jamie Dornan.
Davies was given the prize for his work on more BPG award-winning programmes than anyone else in the Guild’s 40-year history.
These include the adaptations of House of Cards, Pride & Prejudice and Bleak House.
Also honoured today was the ITV drama Broadchurch with writer Chris Chibnall and actress Olivia Colman both picking up awards today.
Chibnall won the BPG writer award while Colman was named best actress for her role as DS Ellie Miller in the hit show at today’s ceremony at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Other winners included Chiwetel Ejiofor, BAFTA winner and Oscar nominee for Twelve Years A Slave, who won the BPG’s best actor award for his role as Louis Lester in BBC2’s Dancing on the Edge. His award was picked up by the drama’s writer Stephen Poliakoff.
Jamie Dornan was also honoured, picking up the breakthrough award for his role on The Fall.
Dornan is currently filming the second series but filmed an acceptance speech in which he said: “This means a lot to me. The Fall is the best thing that has ever happened to me.”
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.