Sherlock beats The X Factor and Downton Abbey to Freesat audience award

The BBC drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch took Entertainment Show of the Year in the Audience Vote category

They say the Golden Globes are a good indicator of how the results will go at the Oscars the following month. They don’t necessarily say that about the Freesat Awards and the Baftas. But who knows, maybe they will after this year…


Sherlock is up for the YouTube Audience Award at Bafta on Sunday, and last night it won another viewer-voted gong at the 2012 Freesat Awards.

The BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, was voted Entertainment Show of the Year in the Audience Vote category, beating 11 other nominees including Channel 4’s Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, BBC1’s Call the Midwife, Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother and ITV1’s Downton Abbey, as well as BBC and ITV talent show behemoths Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor.

ITV1 won two awards, with This Morning taking home the Best Live TV Programme award and Ant & Dec winning Best TV Presenter for their work on Britain’s Got Talent and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

Channel 4 school-based ob-doc Educating Essex picked up Best New TV Series, while game show The Million Pound Drop was recognised as Best Digital Initiative.

5USA, which shows a range of American dramas and documentaries, was named Breakout Channel of the Year, and BBC pre-school offering CBeebies was Freesat’s Channel of the Year.

The awards, now in their fourth year, celebrate the best of the TV channels and shows available on the free-to-air satellite platform. They were hosted by comedian Greg Davies, best known as Mr Gilbert in The Inbetweeners, at a ceremony in London last night.

Emma Scott, Freesat’s managing director said: “It’s been a truly outstanding year for British television and radio, and it is a real privilege to be able to recognise and celebrate the personalities, programmes and channels that Freesat viewers really love, including my personal favourite, Mr Drew on Educating Essex.”

The full list of winners:


Best Live TV Programme: This Morning (ITV1) 
Best Children’s TV Programme: Andy’s Wild Adventures (CBeebies) 
Best Niche TV Channel: QVC 
Best Digital Radio Channel: BBC Radio 1Xtra 
Best News Channel: BBC Radio 5 Live 
Audience Vote – Entertainment Show of the Year: Sherlock (BBC1) 
Best Digital Initiative: The Million Pound Drop (Channel 4) 
Breakout Channel of the Year: 5USA 
Best New TV Series: Educating Essex (Channel 4) 
Best TV Presenter: Ant & Dec 
Freesat Channel of the Year: CBeebies