2018 WRITERS’ GUILD AWARDS WINNERS, announced on 15 Jan 2018 at the College of Physicians in London; information sent by Charlie Wainwright.
Guests included Paul Merton, Caryl Churchill, Steve Pemberton, Daisy Goodwin, Helen Lederer, Brenda Gilhooly, Howard Read, Lucy Kirkwood, Jed Mercurio, Gabriel Bissett-Smith, Will Hislop, Barney Fishwick and Kevin Eldon.
Given the ongoing discussion about gender inequality, there are 9 female winners in the 15 categories across theatre, TV, radio, comedy, books and videogames.
WRITERS’ GUILD AWARDS 2018 WINNERS
Winners Revealed At Gala Event Celebrating Best Of British Writing
- Playwright Caryl Churchill honoured for Outstanding Contribution to Writing -
- Taboo, Holby City, Inside No. 9 and The Witness for the Prosecution also amongst winners -
Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) have announced the winners of the 2018 Writers’ Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for film, television, radio, theatre, comedy, books and videogames at a ceremony at the College of Physicians in London. MC was writer and actor Vicki Pepperdine; the event honoured the best of British writing talent in front of an audience from a broad range of creative industries.
Caryl Churchill was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Writing Award. The presentation was made by playwright Lucy Kirkwood in honour of her outstanding body of work and her career which has spanned over six decades since writing her first play, 'Downstairs', in 1958. She has written for theatre, radio and TV and has had work staged in London and New York, including productions at the Royal Court Theatre, the Young Vic and the National Theatre, and on BBC television. Her works include Ants (1962), Lovesick (1967), The Judge's Wife (1972), Fen (1983), Three More Sleepless Nights (1980), Serious Money (1987), Mad Forest (1990), The Skriker (1994), Far Away (2000), A Number (2002), A Dream Play (2005), Love and Information (2012) and Ding Dong the Wicked (2013). Caryl has seen a number of her works recently re-imagined, including Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (1976), Cloud Nine (1979) and Top Girls (1982), alongside new recent works including Here We Go and Escaped Alone, which premiered in 2015 and 2016.
Accepting her award after a standing ovation, Caryl said that she was overwhelmed and that it meant a great deal to be recognised by her writing colleagues and the Writers' Guild.
It was also was a big night for other female writers, who received 9 of the 15 awards across theatre, TV, radio, comedy, books and videogames categories.
Best Short Form TV Drama winner was Sarah Phelps for 'The Witness for the Prosecution'; Best Radio Drama went to Ming Ho for 'The Things We Never Said'; Sarah Kendall took home the award for Best Radio Comedy for her Australian Trilogy ‘A Day In October’; Sheena Kalayil picked up the Best First Novel award for her debut 'The Bureau of Second Chances'; and the winner of the Best Play went to Lucy Kirkwood for 'The Children'. Sarah McDonald-Hughes received the award for Best Play for Young Audiences with 'How to Be a Kid'.
Best Writing in a Video Game was won by Elizabeth Ashman-Rowe together with Tameem Antoniades for dark fantasy action-adventure game Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice; and writer Emily Ballou formed part of the writing team alongside Chips Hardy, Steven Knight and Ben Hervey, who picked up the award for Best Long Form Drama for the drama 'Taboo'.
Other winners included Inside No. 9 ‘The Bill’, written by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, which received the Best TV Situation Comedy award. Best Screenplay was awarded to Miss Sloane by Jonathan Perera; Best Long Running TV Series award went to BBC drama Holby City, Series 19, Episode 2 ‘Rocket Man’ written by Peter Mattessi; picking up the award for Best Children’s TV Episode was Tim Bain for Counterfeit Cat: Room of Panic. Babak Anvari was awarded Best First Screenplay for 'Under the Shadow', whilst Marek Larwood received Best Online Comedy award for 'Showreel for One Word or Less Parts'.
During the ceremony comedian Paul Merton and WGGB Chair Gail Renard paid tribute to Steptoe and Son scriptwriter Alan Simpson and novelist Rosemary Anne Sisson, plus other WGGB members who passed away in the last year.
Host Vicki Pepperdine said of the event; "As a previous Writers’ Guild Award winner I know how much it means to receive one. The knowledge that your peers have considered your work to be the very best in its class is a great accolade, which writers working in any of the broad range of media recognised by the Guild, would be proud to receive. It has been a great privilege to be invited to host the Writers’ Guild Awards ceremony this year, when once again we honour some truly inspirational writing talent.”
WGGB President Olivia Hetreed said; “The range and quality of talent represented this year has been awe-inspiring and our winners are outstanding in their fields. With the always-inventive and challenging playwright Caryl Churchill taking our highest award it's especially good to see there are plenty of Top Girls writing today (9 female winners over 15 awards). We are hugely grateful to our sponsors, ALCS, the BBC, ITV, Silver Reel, Lionsgate, Company Pictures and Nick Hern Books for helping us to foster the best of British writing, as they all do in their everyday work.”
Other award presenters included Daisy Goodwin, April De Angelis, Helen Lederer, Mata Haggis, Howard Read, Charlie Hardwick, Tony Grisoni, Lisa Evans, Natalie Cutler, Jack Docherty, Brenda Gilhooly and Stefan Booth.
The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is the lead sponsor of the 2018 Writers’ Guild Awards. Other sponsors are BBC Studios and BBC Worldwide, ITV, Company Pictures, Nick Hern Books, Silver Reel and Lionsgate.
A full list of winners is shown below.
Best Radio Drama
Best Radio Comedy
Best Online Comedy
Best Long Running TV Series
Best Writing in a Video Game
Best Children’s TV Episode
Best Long Form TV Drama
Best First Novel
Best First Screenplay
Best Play for Young Audiences
Best TV Situation Comedy
Best Short Form TV Drama
The runners-up are given in the shortlists below.
information supplied by Sarah Woodley, Writers' Guild - many thanks.
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