At this year’s Edinburgh TV Awards, hosted by Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle, we were thrilled to announce the winners of some of the most prestigious awards in British television. Recognised throughout the TV world, the Awards celebrate creative and commercial excellence in broadcasting and production.
BBC One took home the C21Media Channel of the Year award after an unmissable year of programmes and live events that brought the nation together, and sparked national conversation including: The Missing, Claudia’s Strictly debut, Bake Off’s bin-gate and the World Cup.
BBC One’s critically acclaimed drama series Happy Valley was named New Programme of the Year. A huge hit for the channel, with a weekly consolidated audience of 7 million, this much talked-about series had the nation on tenterhooks, with complex characters, an engaging plot, and breath-taking storyline.
Red Production Company, producer of BAFTA-nominated drama series Happy Valley, scooped the gong for Production Company of the Year. They have produced the most acclaimed, innovative, and award-winning dramas over the past 12 months including: Cucumber, Banana, and Tofu for Channel 4, E4 and 4oD, and Last Tango in Halifax for BBC One.
This year’s new category, Best Online Innovation, goes to Reverse the Odds for Channel 4’s Stand Up to Cancer show. The free mobile game combines innovative game design and data analysis to allow viewers to fight cancer directly by each player analysing real cancer data on every level, with the results being fed back to Cancer Research UK scientists.
The winner of the Programme Choice Award, as voted for by this year’s selected delegates for the TV Festival’s talent schemes, Ones to Watch and The Network, goes to Louis Theroux, Transgender Kids.
The final moments of season five of Game of Thrones won the TV Moment of the Year category, voted for exclusively via the Festival app, and voted for right up until the end of the Festival.
Festival Director, Lisa Campbell, said: “A huge congratulations to this year’s winners! The calibre of entrants has been particularly high, making choosing our winners especially hard. The TV Awards are a great platform to recognise industry achievements in great programming and innovation. This completes the TV Festival experience, from attending sessions with industry experts, to everyone from the talent schemes right through to the delegates being able to influence and recognise the work of colleagues by participating actively at the Festival.”