Audio Drama Awards 2023

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Awards for radio plays broadcast between Oct 2021 and Oct 2022.

The BBC Audio Drama Awards celebrate the range, originality and cut-through quality of audio drama on air and online and give recognition to the creativity of actors, writers, producers, sound designers and others who work in this genre.

The number of invitations was back to normal in 2023. The Award ceremony took place in the Radio Theatre at the BBC on Sunday 19 March 2023. Note that this year is the BBC's centenary; radio drama has been going now for exactly 100 years.

The audience was ushered into the Radio Theatre to the accompaniment of jazz group 'The Chris Holland Experience'. The introductiion was by Charlotte Moore, the BBC's Chief Content Officer. She stressed that the event was the centenary of radio drama, beginning in Feb 1923 with a Shakespeare excerpt and a short item by Phyllis Twigg ... and in all of that time the BBC has been telling stories and captivating listeners. She called for applause for Phyllis, which was loud and long.

Charlotte reminded us that the BBC is proud of its rich heritage and its ongoing commitment to radio drama. This event was to celebrate the talents of those who had made it. This was followed by a short visual collage of titles and photographs from key radio dramas over the decades. Charlotte then handed over to MC for the evening, Tamsin Grieg, a.k.a. 'Debbie Archer'.

Tamsin welcomed the audience to the 12th AD Awards, and Mother's Day. What a pleasure it was to be back in the Radio Theatre with a full audience for the first time in three years..... 'We still need story tellers to transport us to other places and other worlds....we are experiencing a renaissance of radio drama.... tonight is a celebration of creativity and imagination, bringing us fun, laughter escape and hope.' She asked for applause for all those working in the world of radio - which was forthcoming and vigorous.

Tamsin handled the event with a deft touch, listening carefully to what was said by the recipients and responding with humour and sensitivity.

For the winners, please scroll down to see the lists...

ND, 20 Mar 2023.


• Best Original Single Drama
• Best Original Series or Serial
• Best Adaptation
• Best Podcast Audio Drama
• Best Actor
• Best Actress
• Best Supporting Performance
• Marc Beeby Award for Best Debut Performance
• Best Use of Sound
• Best Scripted Comedy (Longform)
• Best Scripted Comedy (Sketch Show)
• Best European Audio Drama

  • indicates shortlisted; # = Finalist; winners added 20 Mar 2023.

    Best Original Single Drama

  • # Daughter by Testament, producer Gary Brown, BBC Audio Drama North **commended**
  • # End of Transmission by Anita Sullivan, producer Karen Rose, Sweet Talk **WINNER**
  • Life Rights by Nicholas Meiklejohn, producer Gaynor Macfarlane, BBC Scotland
  • A Punk’s Progress by Roland Gift, producer Celia de Wolff, Pier Productions
  • # Solomon Browne by Callum Mitchell, producer James Robinson, BBC Cymru Wales **commended**
  • Tremolo by Lisa Parry, producer Zoe Waterman, Illumine Theatre

    Best Adaptation

  • # Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin, adapted by Simon Scardifield, producers Marc Beeby and Emma Harding, BBC Audio Drama London **commended**
  • # Brick Lane by Monica Ali, adapted by Tanika Gupta, producer Anne Isger, BBC Audio Drama London **WINNER**
  • Camille by Pam Gems, adapted by Satinder Chohan, producer Amber Barnfather, Flare Path Productions
  • The Hummingbird by Sandro Veronesi, adapted and produced by John Retallack, The Story of Books
  • The Miser by Moliere, adapted by Barunka O’Shaughnessy, producer Emma Harding, BBC Cymru Wales
  • # North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, adapted by Lin Coghlan, producer Sally Avens, BBC Audio Drama London

    Best Original Series or Serial

  • Broken Colours by Matthew Broughton, producers John Norton and Emma Harding, BBC Cymru Wales
  • # Exemplar by Ben and Max Ringham and Dan Rebellato, producer Joby Waldman, Reduced Listening **WINNER**
  • One Five Seven Years by Marietta Kirkbride, producer Nicolas Jackson, Afonica
  • # Song of the Reed by Steve Waters, producer Boz Temple-Morris, Holy Mountain
  • # This Thing of Darkness by Lucia Haynes, Eileen Horne and Anita Vettesse, producers Gaynor Macfarlane and Kirsty Williams, BBC Scotland
  • Who Is Aldrich Kemp? by Julian Simpson, producer Karen Rose, Sweet Talk

    Best Actor

  • Jim Broadbent, Norman Bows Out, director Celia de Wolff, Pier Productions
  • # Alfred Enoch, Darkness, director Nadia Molinari, BBC Audio Drama North
  • David Jason, The War After the War, director Johnny Vegas, Woolyback Productions
  • # Toby Jones, The Miser, director Emma Harding, BBC Cymru Wales
  • # Anton Lesser, One Five Seven Years, director Nicolas Jackson, Afonica **WINNER**
  • Tim McInerny, Make Death Love Me: Antony and Cleopatra Reimagined, director Neil Bartlett, Bona Broadcasting

    Best Actress

  • # Ruth Everett, Spice, director Toby Swift, BBC Audio Drama London
  • Michelle Fairley, Dead Hand, director Michael Shannon, BBC Northern Ireland
  • # Mary Murray, The Pride of Parnell Street, director Gemma Jenkins, BBC Audio Drama London **WINNER**
  • Sarah Ridgway, Life Lines, director Sally Avens, BBC Audio Drama London
  • Anneika Rose, Brick Lane, director Anne Isger, BBC Audio Drama London
  • # Danielle Vitalis, Faith, Hope and Glory, director Anastasia Osei-Kuffour, BBC Audio Drama London

    Best Supporting Performance

  • Robert Daws, People Everywhere Will Sing, director Abigail le Fleming, BBC Audio Drama London
  • # Matthew Gravelle, Fault Lines: Blood, director Gary Brown, BBC Audio Drama North **WINNER**
  • # Conleth Hill, Dead Hand, director Michael Shannon, BBC Northern Ireland
  • # Josie Lawrence, Thanks a Lot, Milton Jones!, director David Tyler, Pozzitive

    The Marc Beeby Award for Best Debut Performance

  • # Natalie Davis, The War After the War, director Johnny Vegas, Woolyback Productions
  • # Gareth Elis, Tremolo, director Zoe Waterman, Illumine Theatre **WINNER**
  • # Evie Hargreaves, Miss Nobody, director Pauline Harris, BBC Audio Drama North
  • Mared Jarman, Pride and Protest, director John Norton, BBC Cymru Wales
  • Hannah Khalique-Brown, War of Words, director Tracey Neale, BBC Audio Drama London
  • Marta da Silva, Barred, director Andrew Mark Sewell, B7 Productions

    Best Scripted Comedy (Longform)

  • Conversations From a Long Marriage by Jan Etherington, producer Claire Jones, BBC Studios
  • # The Downing Street Doppelganger by Jim Poyser, producer Gary Brown, BBC Audio Drama North
  • # Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian by Ken Cheng, producer Rajiv Karia, BBC Studios **WINNER**
  • Robin Ince’s Reality Tunnel by Robin Ince, producer Carl Cooper, BBC Studios
  • Rob Newman On Air by Rob Newman, producer Jon Harvey, Naked Productions
  • # Tudur Owen: United Nations of Anglesey by Tudur Owen, producer Richard Morris, BBC Studios

    Best Scripted Comedy (Sketch Show)

  • DMs Are Open by Jas Bahia, Rebecca Bain, Chris Ballard, Paul Carroll, Cody Dahler, Neal Doran, Chris Douch, John Duckworth, David Duncan, Aidan Fitzmaurice, Mark Granger, Martin Hastie, Andrew Hornbuckle, Mikey J. Hansekowitsch, David Keenan, Helena Langdon, Cameron Loxdale and Alfie Packham; producers Sadia Azmat and Rajiv Karia, BBC Studios
  • Gemma Arrowsmith’s Sketched Out by Gemma Arrowsmith, producer Gwyn Rhys Davies, BBC Studios
  • # Please Use Other Door by Kat Butterfield, Dan Audritt, Sophie Dickson, Laura Major, Rob Darke, Alex Nash, Sam South, Ed Amsden, Tom Coles, Cody Dahler, Toby Williams, Ed Tew, Anna Goodman, Imogen Andrews, Matt Harrison, Carwyn Blayney, Natasha Dhanraj, Alice Etches, Nathalie Antonia, Chris Ryman, Simon Alcock, Leigh Douglas, Chazz Redhead, Paul F Taylor, Jo Wiggins, Cameron Loxdale, Lewis Cook, Owen Petty, Tom Oxenham, Rebecca Heitlinger and Bill Dare; producer Bill Dare, BBC Studios. **WINNER**
  • Seanceccast by Charlie Dinkin and Zoe Tomalin, producers Benjamin Sutton and Andy Goddard, Daddy’s SuperYacht with Hat Trick Podcasts
  • # The Skewer by creator and producer Jon Holmes, Tony Churnside and The Skewer Contributing Team, Unusual Productions **commended**
  • # Thanks a Lot, Milton Jones! By Milton Jones, James Cary and Dan Evans, producer David Tyler, Pozzitive

    Best Podcast Audio Drama

  • # Acid Dream by Tim Price, produced by James Robinson, BBC Studios
  • Algorithms by Sadie Clark, producers Julia Godzinskaya and Sophie Vickers, Audible
  • Doctor Who: the Ninth Doctor Adventures by Tim Foley, producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs, Big Finish
  • # The System by Ben Lewis, producer Kirsty Williams, BBC Scotland **WINNER**
  • Wooden Overcoats: Once Upon a Time Long Ago by David K.Barnes, producers Andy Goddard and John Wakefield, Wooden Overcoats Ltd
  • # Work by Joanna Nastari, producers Ellen Spence, Eleanor Turney, George Warren, Patrick Eakin Young, Soundworlds

    Best Use of Sound

  • # Ariel and Winter Trees, sound by Jon Nicholls, producer Charlotte Melén, Almost Tangible **commended**
  • # Berlin Alexanderplatz, sound by Keith Graham and Caleb Knightley, producers Marc Beeby and Emma Harding, BBC Audio Drama London
  • Exemplar, sound by Ben and Max Ringham, Lucinda Mason Brown, David Chilton and Alisdair McGregor, producer Joby Waldman, Reduced Listening
  • Harland, sound by Caleb Knightley and Jenni Burnett, producer Toby Swift, BBC Audio Drama London
  • Restart, sound by John Scott Dryden, Adam Woodhams and Andreina Gomez, Paul Cark, Tony Diaz and Peter Mack; producer John Scott Dryden, Goldhawk Productions
  • # Town Is By the Sea, sound by Ross Flight, producers Eleanor Turney, George Warren, Patrick Eakin Young, Soundworlds **WINNER**

    Best European Drama

  • # Burning by Sudabeh Mohafez, adapted by Matej Samec, producer Lenka Veverková, CZR Czech Radio
  • In the Middle Of It by Rebecca C.Schnyder, producer Reto Ott, SRF, Swiss Radio and Television
  • # Let Me Tell You by Marta Rebzda, producer Beata Jankowska, Polskie Radio, Poland
  • # The Sixties by Ema Stere, adapted and directed by Mihnea Chelaru, producer Oana Cristea Grigorescu, Radio Romania **WINNER**
  • Xerxes and the Voices From the Dark by Magda Woitzuck, director Peter Kaizar, producer Stefanie Zussner, Hessischer Rundfunk, Germany
  • Ysbrydnos written and produced by Adam Wachter and Gareth Owen, BBC Radio Cymru


    # Making of a Monster by Connor Allen, producer Emma Harding, BBC Cymru Wales for BBC Radio 4 **WINNER**

    # Knock of the Ban Sithe by Kenny Boyle, producer Bruce Young, BBC Scotland for BBC Radio 4

    # The A-Z of Things: M is for Mussels by Lara Barbier, producer Becky Ripley, BBC Bristol for BBC Radio 3


    # A Close Approximation of You by Oliver Emanuel, producer Kirsty Williams, BBC Scotland for BBC Radio 4

    # Waterloo Station by Katie Hims, producer Mary Peate, BBC Audio Drama London for BBC Radio 4

    # Strings by Linda Marshall Griffiths, producer Nadia Molinari, BBC Audio Drama North for BBC Radio 3

    # End of Transmission by Anita Sullivan, producer Karen Rose, Sweet Talk Productions for BBC Radio 4 **WINNER**

    Presented to the Radio Drama Company in the radio drama centenary year. Accepted by Jonathan Forbes on behalf of the RDC (his name was pulled out of a hat).

    Presnted to Martin Jarvis by Toby Stevens. A short audio collage of a few of Martin's performances was played.

    The BBC Audio Drama Awards cover audio dramas first broadcast in English in the UK between 1 October 2021 and 31 October 2022 or first uploaded/published/released for free listening online in the UK during the same period. Productions may be entered from anywhere in the world subject to these criteria. In addition, the Best European Audio Drama welcomes dramas in other languages than English.

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

    The Imison Award is administered by the Society of Authors and the Tinniswood Award by the Society Of Authors and the Writers’ Guild.

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