One of the UK’s hottest content creators; comedian, broadcaster and presenter, Munya Chawawa, will be hosting this year’s Edinburgh TV Awards in an exciting new twist on award ceremonies, it was announced today.

The in-demand social media sensation who has a celebrity following and millions of views for his self-produced videos starring his plethora of hugely popular comedy characters – including posh drill rapper Unknown P and 2020’s most prolific news reader, Barty Crease – will be lending his unique style to the TV industry’s favourite Awards ceremony, which this year will be like no other.

Taking place on Wednesday 18 November from 12.30pm GMT on the Festival’s Twitter channel, @EdinburghTVFest, the winners of the Edinburgh TV Awards will be revealed through a brilliantly engaging virtual ‘ceremony’. Chawawa will be creating an exclusive sketch reviewing some of the TV highlights of the last year and expect some very special guests who will be presenting winners with their coveted awards.

“I'm absolutely honoured to be hosting the 2020 Edinburgh TV Awards, following in the footsteps of some of the comedy greats: Mo Gilligan, Katherine Ryan, Frank Skinner and Nish Kumar to name a few. This year, we've needed entertainment more than ever as we navigate this difficult period and I'm really proud to be part of an event which will reward all those incredible people that have pushed hardest in their fields and helped us get through it.”

Munya Chawawa

As always, each category this year is hotly contested with every nominee a great example of the amazing quality and range of what the UK and international TV industries have produced in the last 12 months.

Nominees for scripted categories include the likes of GameFace, Sex Education, Stath Lets Flats, Chernobyl, The End of the F***ing World, Elizabeth is Missing, The Crown, Giri/Haji, Euphoria, Game of Thrones and Succession.

The entertainment category showcases a broad range of broadcasting gems such as Taskmaster, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Gogglebox, Hypothetical, The Graham Norton Show and The Rap Game.

Factual programming also features some of the best documentaries of the year such as Belson: Our Story, 63Up, Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer, Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming, The Family Secret and For Sama.

David Harewood MBE

This year the festival has partnered for the first time with the iconic media company Variety to honour British actor and presenter, David Harewood, MBE, with the Edinburgh TV Festival and Variety Outstanding Achievement Award. Harewood receives the award in recognition of his incredible body of work and success in both the UK and US as well as his activism around mental health, race and social issues.

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