The inaugural New Voice Awards, then called the Debbies Awards, was held at Rich Mix on Tuesday 27 February 2018, hosted by Ones to Watch alumnus and Purple Geko Creative Director Femi Oyeniran. The awards celebrate the best of new and emerging creative talent in television.

The nominees and winners can be found below. If you are an industry professional and want to know more about any project or person, please get in touch at

Test Card Pilot Award

WINNER: 'Great Expectations' by Pip Swallow

The Test Card pilot award was awarded to Great Expectations by Pip Swallow – a loose retelling of the famous Dickens story, set in modern times, and told with bleak comic freshness and a female protagonist. The award was presented by David Klafkowski, CEO of The Farm Group.


WINNER: Great Expectations – Pip Swallow

Freddy & Fuzmo Fix the World – Chris Murray

The Battle of Lewisham – Nacheal Catnott

Bossman – Nathan Bryon & Theresa Varga

Premature – Alexandra Maher

Walls & Bridges – Tessa Green & Ciaran Charles

Wok – Chris Chung & Bruce Chong


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All3Media New Voices Award

WINNER: 'Paper' by Shivani Thussu

The All3Media New Voices Award for new television writing was awarded to Shivani Thussu for Paper, a comedy drama about a girl who believes there is something ominous about her seemingly boring office job and starts to investigate. The award was presented by Hannah Griffiths, Head of Literary Acquisitions at All3Media.


WINNER: Paper – Shivani Thussu

Imago – Steven Kitson

Known Unknown – Tobias Harris & Harrison J. Saffer

The Chronicles of Hydra – Bisola Elizabeth Alabi

Spirited – Maura O’Brien

Macbeth in Love – Keiron Nicholson

Guilty – Liz Taylor

Empty Names and Borrowed Glory – Helen Aitken

Wrath – David Macpherson

Tracks – Glory Lee

Debut Director

WINNER: Maia Krall Fry, 'Silent Roars'

The Debut Director Award for the best directorial debut in 2017 went to Maia Krall Fry for Silent Roars (BBC4)

“Young females of Britain are creating a roar across the internet. With millions listening, they are sparking online debate about the biggest issues facing their peers; from climate change and transphobia, to racism.”


WINNER: Silent Roars – Maia Krall Fry

Open Space: Fat-Biking the Wilderness – Lisa Murphy-O’Reilly

Learning to Swim – Ruth Grimberg

People’s History of Pop: Closer than Close – Tamsin Curry

My Life: Learning to Fly – Sunny Kang

The World’s Most Extreme Festivals: Japanese Naked Man – Ben Lowe

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Debut Writer

WINNER: Sebastian Thiel, 'Just a Couple'

The Debut Writer Award for the best TV writer’s debut in 2017 went to went to Sebastian Thiel for Just A Couple (BBC3)

“Mark and Shavon have a modern relationship, by which we mean they count each other’s Facebook likes, keep tabs on each other’s Instagram’s, and binge-watch Netflix together.”

The award was presented by Kudos CEO Diederick Santer.


WINNER: Just a Couple – Sebastian Thiel

The Pact – Rick Laxton & James Britton

Coconut – Thomas Stogdon

Chinese Burn – Yennis Cheung & Shin-Fei Chen

A Sign of Things – Ewen Glass

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Best TV Company for New Talent

The Best TV Company for New Talent Award celebrates the broadcasters and production companies doing the most to nurture the next generation of behind the scenes TV talent.

The Best TV Company for New Talent award was presented to Channel 4 in recognition of their work in this area from production training and screenwriting workshops to nationwide career fairs.

A special commendation was awarded to Stellify Media for their commitment to identifying, mentoring and promoting new emerging talent.


1. Demonstrable commitment to providing channels of access to people aspiring to work in TV, particularly those who are underrepresented in the industry.

2. A strong track record in employing and training new entrants to the TV industry from a range of backgrounds that represent the UK population.


WINNER: Channel 4
Minnow Films
Raise the Roof
Tiger Aspect

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