Ben Whishaw and Ambika Mod win big at BPG – Deadline

Ben Whishaw and Ambika Mod, the stars of It will hurt, scooped top acting awards at this year’s Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, while Derry Girls picked up a double.

This is going to hurt failed to even land a Best Drama Series nomination, with that gong going to another BBC drama Cherwood, but Whishaw and Mod avoided competition from Anna Maxwell Martin, Leslie Manville and Gary Oldman to win the main prizes.

Mod’s victory will lead to more raised eyebrows at the BAFTA TV jury’s decision to bypass her from this week’s list of Best Actress nominations in favor of Kate Winslet, Sarah Lancashire and Imelda Staunton. Whishaw landed a BAFTA nod for Best Actor.

Mod’s portrayal of struggling junior doctor Shruti won the hearts of critics, while Whishaw’s starring role as Adam also won Kay’s book adaptation written by Adam Kay.

Meanwhile, during the awards voted by the British media press, Lisa McGee’s Derry Girls Season 3 scooped Best Comedy and Best Writer awards following the emotional conclusion to Channel 4’s Northern Irish hit. McGee took victory in a crowded category that included Steven Knight for Peaky Blinders And SAS: Rogue HeroesSharon Horgan for bad sisters And by Sherwood Graham.

Lucy Prebble and Billie Piper I hate Suzie too won Best Drama Miniseries and Traitors continues its good year with Better entertainment.

There was also a Breakthrough Talent win for Channel 4 big boys creator Jack Rooke while at the other end of the age scale, Jeremy Paxman received the Harvey Lee Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting.

The award ceremony takes place this afternoon in London.

The full BPG winners

Best Documentary Miniseries Episodes 1-3

The Real Mo Farah (Atomised Studios in association with Red Bull Studios for BBC One)

Best Documentary Series 4+ episodes

Frozen Planet II (BBC Studios Natural History Unit production with BBC America, France Télévisions, ZDF and The Open University)

Best Comedy

Derry Girls S3 (Hat Trick Productions for Channel 4)

Best Entertainment

The Traitors (Studio Lambert for BBC One)

Best Drama Miniseries Episodes 1-3

I Hate Suzie Too (Bad Wolf for Sky Atlantic)

Best Drama Series Episodes 4+

Sherwood (house productions for BBC One)

Best Actress

Ambika Mod – This Is Going to Hurt (Sister in association with Terrible Productions for BBC One and AMC+)

Best actor

Ben Whishaw – This Is Going to Hurt (Sister in association with Terrible Productions for BBC One and AMC+)

best writer

Lisa McGee – Derry Girls (Hat Trick Productions for Channel 4)

BPG Breakthrough Talent Award

Jack Rooke, Writer, Big Boys (Roughcut Television for Channel 4)

BPG Jury Prize

BBC Local Radio (English BBC Regions)

Radio Program of the Year

In Dark Corners (BBC Scotland Productions for BBC Radio 4)

best podcast

The Coming Storm (Long Form Audio for BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service)

Audio Presenter of the Year

Marianna Spring for War On Truth and Disaster Trolls (BBC Radio 44 and BBC Sounds)

Harvey Lee Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting

Jeremy Paxman


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