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WGGB AWARDS - SHORTLISTS, announced 7 Dec 2021

The Writers' Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) has announced the shortlist for its annual awards, to be presented on Monday 14 February 2022 at the Royal College of Physicians in central London.

The ceremony will honour two years of British writing talent, following the cancellation of last year’s awards due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

WGGB President Sandi Toksvig OBE said: “What a fitting day to celebrate the cream of British writers – who have kept us entertained on page, stage, screen and across the airwaves, through such dark times.

"Our creative industries play such an important role, as do all those who work within them and we hope our awards ceremony on Valentine’s Day will send this message – you matter, we care, and thank you for your words, which have lifted us all up over these past two years.”

The shortlist in 15 categories follows (in addition, a special award for outstanding contribution to writing is presented at the ceremony every year), and the winners are indicated in bold.

Best Long Form TV Drama

Adult Material by Lucy Kirkwood,

I Hate Suzie by Lucy Prebble,

It's A Sin by Russell T Davies, *WINNER*

Best Short Form TV Drama

BBW by Yolande Mercy

Elizabeth is Missing by Andrea Gibb *WINNER*

Time by Jimmy McGovern

Best Long Running TV Series

Doctors, Series 21, Episode 81, 'The Joe Pasquale Problem' by Stephen Keyworth

Holby City, Series 21, Episode 50, 'Kintsugi' by Martin Jameson

River City, Series 21, Episode 28 by Jillian Mannion *WINNER*

Best TV Situation Comedy

Feel Good by Mae Martin and Joe Hampson *WINNER*

Frayed by Sarah Kendall

This Way Up, Series 2, Episode 4 by Aisling Bea

Best Children’s TV Episode

Aardman's The Epic Adventures of Morph: Chas Air by Tim Bain

My Mum Tracy Beaker: I Want My Mum Back by Emma Reeves *WINNER*

Paddington & The Love Day Cards by Hannah George

Best Radio Drama

Body Horror by Lucy Catherine

The Half Widow by Avin Shah *WINNER*

The Tenderness of Boys by Oliver Emanuel

Best Radio Comedy

From the Oasthouse: The Alan Partridge Podcast by Steve Coogan, Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons

Olga Koch: Fight by Olga Koch and Charlie Dinkin *WINNER*

The Kurupt FM Podkast, Series 2 by Asim Chaudhry, Hugo Chegwin, Allan Mustafa and Steve Stamp

Best Writing in a Video Game

Amnesia: Rebirth by Ian Thomas

Overboard! by Jon Ingold *WINNER*

Röki by Emma Beeby, Sam Dickinson, Tom Jones, Alex Kanaris-Sotiriou and Danny Salfield Wadeson

Best Screenplay

I Care a Lot by J Blakeson

Sorry We Missed You by Paul Laverty

The Personal History of David Copperfield by Simon Blackwell and Armando Iannucci *WINNER*

Best First Screenplay

His House by Remi Weekes

Promising Young Woman by Emerald Fennell *WINNER*

Rocks by Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson

Best Play

Once Upon a Bridge by Sonya Kelly

Shook by Samuel Bailey

The Syrian Baker by Kevin Dyer *WINNER*

Best Play for Young Audiences

Germ Free Adolescent by Natalie Mitchell

Heavy Weather by Lizzie Nunnery

Whatever Happened to the Jaggy Nettles? by Martin Travers *WINNER*

Best Musical Theatre Bookwriting

Black Love by Chinonyerem Odimba *WINNER*

The Prince and the Pauper by Chinonyerem Odimba

Ride by Freya Catrin Smith and Jack Williams

Best First Novel

A Strange and Brilliant Light by Eli Lee *WINNER*

The Lip by Charlie Carroll

The Manningtree Witches by A K Blakemore

Best Online Comedy

How to be Maggie: With Maggie P by Kate-Lois Elliott

Remember getting the period talk at school - Menopause by Hannah George, Taylor Glenn and Catie Wilkins *WINNER*

Where Did It Come From? Series 1, Episode 2, 'The Hat' by Ralph Jones and Vyvyan Almond

Outstanding Contribution to Writing

Jack Thorne


The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is the lead sponsor of the Writers’ Guild Awards this year. Our other sponsors: BBC, ITV, Script Angel and Nick Hern Books.

If you would like to attend the awards ceremony please email sarah@writersguild.org.uk

History of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards

You can find a history of the Awards, a full archive of winners and a slideshow of last year's ceremony at: www.writersguild.org.uk/category/awards/

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB)is a trade union representing writers for TV, film, theatre, radio, books, comedy, poetry, animation and videogames. It negotiates national agreements on pay and conditions with key industry bodies, including BBC, ITV and Pact; the Royal Court, National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. It campaigns and lobbies on behalf of writers and offers a range of benefits to its members, including free contract vetting, support and advice; events and discounts; free training; a weekly ebulletin; a pension scheme and welfare fund.

Website: www.writersguild.org.uk

Twitter: @TheWritersGuild


Facebook: www.facebook.com/thewritersguild For further information contact Sarah Woodley, Communications Manager, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain. Email: sarah@writersguild.org.uk


The WGGB Awards are for works in many categories, not just radio. As this is a radio website, however, I am concentrating on the radio awards.

The 29th Writers' Guild Awards are now open for nominations.


Year refers to the broadcast date.

2021 The Half Widow, by Avin Shah
2020 No Award
2019 Forest 404 by Timothy Atack
2018 Stone, Episode 7, by Alex Ganley
2017 The Things We Never Said, by Ming Ho
2016 Fat Little Thing by Lucy Gannon
2015 Quill by Tony Jones
2014 A Night Visitor, by Stephanie Jacob
2013 Tennyson and Edison, by David Pownall
2012 Pandemic, by John Dryden (Indie, Goldhawk)
2011 Troll, by Ed Harris

2021 From the Oasthouse: The Alan Partridge Podcast by Steve Coogan, Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbon
2020 No Award
2019 Prepper by Caroline Moran and James J Moran
2018 Sarah Kendall: Australian Trilogy 'Seventy-Three Seconds' by Sarah Kendall
2017 Sarah Kendall: Australian Trilogy ‘A Day In October’ by Sarah Kendall
2016 Double Acts – Series 1, Episode 5, “English for Pony Lovers” by John Finnemore
2015 White Rolls The Dice, by Deborah Frances.
2014 The Brig Society, by Marcus Brigstocke
2013 Susan Calman Is Convicted, by Susan Calman
2012 I, Regress, by Matt Berry
2011 Cabin Pressure, by John Finnemore


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