Audio Drama Awards 2014


The official BBC press release is shown at the foot of the page.

There were two additional awards, to Neil Gaiman and Stanley Baxter.

Neil received an Outstanding Contribution Award which recognizes his commitment to radio drama. Two recent adaptations of his work: Good Omens (2014) and Neverwhere (2013) have been very well-received. The award was presented by Lenny Henry.

Stanley was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Helen Boaden, in this, his 75th year in radio. Stanley has been working in show business since the age of 14, when he started on Children’s Hour, and since retiring from a hugely successful television career has returned to his first love of radio drama and comedy, including 'Stanley Baxter Playhouse' and 'Two-Pipe Problems' with the late Richard Briers.

Some of the winning and shortlisted dramas are being repeated this week (w/b/ 2 Feb).

...Please note that the press release on the BBC website incorrectly attributes the winner of best-scripted comedy "Lunch" to Jon Canter; it is actually by Marcy Kahan - Ed.

    ....good - they've corrected it .....ND

7 Jan 2015 Update:
For plays broadcast Oct 2013-Oct 2014

This year’s winners will be announced at a ceremony on Sunday 1 February 2015 in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House in central London, hosted by Helen Boaden, Director of BBC Radio.

Past winners include David Tennant (Kafka: The Musical, 2012) and Andrew Scott, for Best Actor, (Betrayal, 2013); writer Katie Hims for Best Audio Drama (Lost Property – The Year My Mother Went Missing, 2012) and Claire Rushbrook for Best Supporting Actress (King David, 2014).

The BBC joins the Society of Authors and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain for this year’s Imison Award for best original radio drama by a writer new to radio and the Tinniswood Award for best original radio drama, both of which will also be presented at the ceremony.

This year there were approximately 190 entries, judged by a panel which includes includes actresses Imogen Stubbs and Nina Wadia, theatre director Nicolas Kent, journalists Baz Bamigboye (Daily Mail), Jane Anderson (Radio Times) and David Hepworth (Guardian) and actors Danny Sapani and Robert Glenister.

Imison Award for Best Radio Drama Script by a new writer:
(WINNER)-How To Say Goodbye Properly by E V Crowe
Goodbye by Morwenna Banks
The Man In The Lift by Tom Connolly
Paris, Nana and Me by Caroline Horton
(Judges: Society of Author’s Broadcasting Committee)

Tinniswood Radio Drama Award for Best Radio Drama Script:
(WINNER)-Goodbye by Morwenna Banks
The Good Listener by Fin Kennedy
Men Who Sleep In Cars by Michael Symmons Roberts
(Judges Sue Teddern, Amanda Whittington and Kate Chapman)

The BBC Audio Drama Awards shortlist for each category is:

Best Original Single play
Everyday Time Machines by Al Smith, produced by Sally Avens, R3
(WINNER)-Everything, Nothing, Harvey Keitel by Pejk Malinovski, produced by Pejk Malinovski, R3. Indie (Falling Tree).
Men Who Sleep in Cars by Michael Symmons Roberts, produced by Susan Roberts, R4

Best Series or Serial
(WINNER)-Ambiguous Loss by Michael Butt, produced by Toby Swift, R4
Holding On To You by D.L. Weller, produced by Nadia Molinari, R4
The Seventh Test by Ayeesha Menon & John Dryden, produced by John Dryden and Nadir Khan, R4

Best Adaptation
(WINNER)-Come to Grief adapted by Hannah Vincent, produced by Gordon House, R4 - Indie (Sweet Talk)
Porcelain adapted by Ian Kershaw, produced by Susan Roberts, R4
The Seventh Test adapted by Ayeesha Menon & John Dryden, produced by John Dryden and Nadir Khan, R4

Best Actor
Andrew Scott in Slipping by Claudine Toutoungi, produced by Liz Webb, R4
(WINNER)-Ian McKellen in Eugenie Grandet by Honore de Balzac, dramatised by Rose Tremain, produced by Gordon House, R4 -Indie (Goldhawk Essential)
Julian Rhind-Tutt in The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde by Nick Stafford, produced by David Hunter, R4

Best Actress
(WINNER)-Aisling Loftus in Educator by Hayley Squires, produced by Helen Perry, R3
Charlotte Riley in Slipping by Claudine Toutoungi, produced by Liz Webb, R4
Ellie Kendrick in How to Say Goodbye Properly by E V Crowe, produced by Abigail Le Fleming, R4

Best Supporting Actor or Actress
(WINNER)-Michelle Terry in Educator by Hayley Squires, produced by Helen Perry, R3
Sian Phillips in Hide The Moon by Martyn Wade, produced by Marion Nancarrow, R3
Toby Jones in Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen, dramatised by Charlotte Jones, produced by Sally Avens, R4

Best Debut Performance
Alex Jordan in Frankenstein – The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley, dramatised by Jonathan Barnes for Big Finish Productions
(WINNER)-Jade Matthew in A Kidnapping written by Andy Mulligan, produced by John Dryden and Nadir Khan, R4 -Indie (Goldhawk Essential)
Sam Hattersley in Magpie by Lee Mattinson, produced by Sharon Sephton, R4

Best Use of Sound
(WINNER)-The Boy At The Back by Juan Mayorga, sound design by Steve Bond, produced by Nicolas Jackson, R3 - Indie (Afonica Sound)
The Exorcist by W.P.Blatty, dramatised by Robert Forrest, sound design by Gary Newman, produced by Gaynor Macfarlane, R4
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury, dramatised by Brian Sibley, sound design by Anne Bunting, produced by Gemma Jenkins, R4

Best Scripted Comedy Drama
Believe It: Ep. 2: Victor by Jon Canter, produced by Clive Brill, R4
I’m A Believer by Jon Canter, produced by Jonquil Panting, R4
(WINNER)-Lunch by Marcy Kahan, produced by Sally Avens, R4

Best Scripted Comedy (Studio Audience)
The Brig Society by Marcus Brigstocke, Jeremy Salsby, Toby Davies, Nick Doody, Steve Punt and Dan Tetsell, produced by David Tyler, R4
(WINNER)-John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme by John Finnemore, produced by Ed Morrish, R4
Trodd En Bratt Say ‘Well Done You’ by Ruth Bratt and Lucy Trodd, produced by Ben Worsfield, R4

Best Online or Non-Broadcast Audio drama
The Child by Sebastian Fitzek for Audible UK
(WINNER)-Hood – The Scribe of Sherwood by Iain Meadows for Spiteful Puppet Entertainment
Survivors by Matt Fitton for Big Finish Productions

The BBC Audio Drama Awards covers first broadcasts in English in the UK between 1 October 2013 and 31 October 2014 – or first uploaded/published for free listening online in the UK during the same period.

Entries were welcome from all makers of audio drama, and were not restricted to BBC broadcasts. Each programme producer could enter up to three categories (one entry only per category) plus a fourth in any of the acting categories. The audio drama had to be submitted exactly as broadcast or uploaded. There was no entry fee.

BBC Audio Drama Awards 2015 Longlist.
Released 18 Nov 2014

The Old Man And The Sea: David Schofield
The Real Trial Of Oscar Wilde: Julian Rhind-Tutt
His Master's Voice: Rob Brydon
Eugenie Grandet: Ian Mckellen
Slipping: Andrew Scott
Hamlet: Jamie Parker
Home Front: Michael Bertenshaw

Pact: Maxine Peake
Secrets Of The Small Hours: Anastasia Hille
Golden Years: Friedrichstrasse: Francesca Annis
How To Say Goodbye Properly: Ellie Kendrick
Educator: Aisling Loftus
Slipping: Charlotte Riley
Ambiguous Loss: Heather Craney

Pride And Prejudice: Toby Jones
Hide The Moon: Sian Phillips
The Boy At The Back: Neil Pearson
Bretton Woods: Henry Goodman
Various Titles: Joel Maccormack
Tittle Tattle: Janine Duvitski
Educator: Michelle Terry

Men Who Sleep In Cars
Everyday Time Machines
Everything, Nothing: Harvey Keitel
The Octopus

The Divine Comedy: Inferno
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?
The Seventh Test
Porcelain: The Trial For The Killing Of Sophie Lancaster
Come To Grief

Ambiguous Loss: No Man's Land
The Seventh Test (Week 1)
A Kidnapping (Episode 1)
Demon Brother
Holding On To You
Mclevy (Series 10)
The Oresteia - Episode 1

Tim Key's Late Night Poetry Programme
Believe It: Victor
I'm A Believer

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme
Thanks A Lot, Milton Jones! (1.1)
The Brig Society
Trodd En Bratt Say 'Well Done You'

The Exorcist
The Divine Comedy: Inferno
The Illustrated Man
A Kidnapping
Ghosts Of Heathrow
Legend Of The Holyrood Vampires
The Boy At The Back

Doctor Who: The Light At The End
Jago & Litefoot: Encore Of The Scorchies
Hood: The Scribe Of Sherwood
The Child *
Survivors: Revelation
The Manbuycow Podcast 2.9 – Treason

Frankenstein: Alex Jordan
A Kidnapping: Jade Matthew
Dostoevsky And The Chickens: Vera Chok
Home Front (Season One): Lucy Hutchinson
Magpie: Sam Hattersley
North Of Riga: Amybeth Mcnulty


Winners include Sir Ian McKellen for Eugenie Grandet, Mr Selfridge’s Aisling Loftus for Educator, Lunch starring Stephen Mangan and John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme. The winners of the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2015 were announced tonight at a special event hosted by actor Lenny Henry and Director of BBC Radio, Helen Boaden, in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House.

The awards are a celebration of audio drama, on air and online, and are about giving recognition to the actors, writers, producers, sound designers, and others who work in the genre. Prize-givers at the ceremony included Olivia Colman, Jeremy Front, Ruth Jones, Neil Dudgeon, Barbara Flynn and Nina Wadia.

Helen Boaden, D irector of BBC Radio says: “These awards celebrate the very best of British audio drama and showcase some of the finest actors, writers and producers in the world. I am incredibly proud of the role BBC Radio plays in the genre and it has been brilliant to have been a part of another exciting event.”

A special Outstanding Contribution Award was presented to author Neil Gaiman by Lenny Henry. The award recognises Neil’s strong commitment to the genre and recent highly acclaimed Radio 4 adaptations of his work, Good Omens and Neverwhere.

Scottish actor and comedian, Stanley Baxter, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Helen Boaden as he celebrates his 75th year in radio. Stanley has been working in show business since the age of 14, when he started on Children’s Hour, and since retiring from a hugely successful television career has returned to his first love of radio drama and comedy. Recent and ongoing Radio 4 series include The Stanley Baxter Playhouse and Two-Pipe Problems.

Sir Ian McKellen, Winner, Best Actor, said in his acceptance speech: “Radio drama is very special to me as an actor and as an audience because it transports me to my pre-television youth. Wondering if I might ever become a professional actor and listening to the radio, my ambitions were not to go to Hollywood or even to be in a West End play, but to be a member of the BBC Rep Company. Well, I never made that, and this is some compensation.

“I sat with my family, lucky to stay up late in my pyjamas and dressing gown meeting Chekhov for the first time, and Ibsen and Shakespeare, and lesser writers, and discovering the magic of words and sounds through the air, and so it’s with eyes closed that you can discover new worlds and escape.”

Neil Gaiman said in his acceptance speech: "I’m absolutely honoured, overwhelmed, thrilled by the award, it’s a wonderful, wonderful thing. I’ve loved radio since I was a small child. You can do amazing things inside someone’s head with radio and radio drama. Geniuses like Douglas Adams have paved the way before us. I’m thrilled I get to turn some of my stories into radio dramas.”

And talking about radio drama, Gaiman said: “I don't remember a time that I didn't care about Radio Drama: From Under Milk Wood to Unman, Wittering and Zigo, from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to Hancock's Half Hour; Radio Drama can become part of the fabric of one's life, exercising the imagination, making the listener into a collaborator with the actors and the writer and the director. It's faster and more fun and cheaper to make than a feature film, and sometimes a hundred times more effective."

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