Tuesday, September 20, 2011

More nominations for best radio play

We are in awards season. The Writers' Guild of GB have issued their shortlists. The full list can be viewed here: http://www.writersguild.org.uk/.
My main interest is always original radio drama and the nominees in that category are:
  • Caesar Price Our Lord by Fin Kennedy
  • Severed Threads by John Dryden
  • Troll by Ed Harris

Winners to be announced November 16.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Best radio drama nominees

Nominations have been announced for the Tinniswood and Imison prizes for British radio drama.
The Tinniswood Award is for the best original radio drama broadcast in 2010. The nominees are: Andrea Earl, The Climb, an Afternoon Play from October in which three disabled people set out to scale Blackpool Tower; Rebecca Lenkiewicz for Sarah and Ken, the story of foster-siblings who fall in love, broadcast in the Drama on 3 strand in July; Nick Warburton for Selling a Glass, a bereavement drama from the Afternoon Play in November; and Stephen Wyatt for Gerontius, an exploration of Cardinal Newman's sexuality, another Afternoon Play, this time from November. It is the Wyatt which I tip for the win.
The Imison Award is for the best original drama by a writer new to radio and is a tremendous boost to new talent. This year's nominees are: Dan Allum's Atching Tan (Afternoon Play, November), a rare example of a play set in the traveller community; Matt Hartley's Pursuit (Afternoon Play, October) in which a police officer investigates an accident he was involved in; Marcia Layne for The Barber and the Ark (Afternoon Play, August), a title which pretty much covers the premise; and Amazing Grace by Michelle Lipton, which was actually a Woman's Hour Serial at the end of July, bodged together as a Friday Play at the end of the week, about a woman seeking her children in Sudan.
For the Imison, my head says Atching Tan, my heart The Barber and the Ark. All four are excellent.
Winners will be announced December 4.