Chiwetel Ejiofor, 'Fifty Shades of Grey's' Jamie Dornan Win U.K. Broadcasting Press Guild Awards

5:00 AM PST 03/28/2014 by Stuart Kemp
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ITV drama "Broadchurch," which is set for a U.S. reboot on Fox, picked up three awards, including one for creator Chris Chibnall and actress Olivia Colman, at a ceremony in the British capital.

LONDON – ITV drama Broadchurch, which aired on BBC America and is set for a U.S. reboot on Fox, picked up three awards at the 40th Broadcasting Press Guild Awards here on Friday.

The nods, voted for by U.K. journalists who write about TV and radio, included a best actress nod for Olivia Colman for her turn in the show and a BPG writer award for the drama's creator, Chris Chibnall. Broadchurch was also named best drama.

The BPG awards lunchtime ceremony, sponsored by Discovery Channel, was held at the Theater Royal Drury Lane.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor, BAFTA winner and Oscar nominee for 12 Years A Slave, picked up the BPG's best actor award for his role in BBC Two's Dancing on the Edge, about a jazz band in 1930s London. Meanwhile, the BPG breakthrough award, "for someone who attained a new level of success in 2013," went to Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan for his performance in The Fall on BBC Two, a crime drama set in Northern Ireland.

Channel 4 won all three awards for factual television. Syria: Across the Lines was voted best single documentary; Educating Yorkshire won the award for best documentary series; and the BPG award for best factual entertainment went to Gogglebox.

The Wipers Times on BBC Two, written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman and starring Julian Rhind-Tutt and Michael Palin, was voted best single drama, while BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing was named best entertainment program.

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BSkyB's Sky Television won two awards with drama series The Tunnel, based on the Scandinavian series The Bridge, which was voted best multi-channel program.

Sky also won the innovation award for 25 years of innovation that has changed the face of TV in Britain, including the first 24-hour news, sport and arts channels.

Here are the winners in full:

Best Single Drama

The Wipers Times (BBC Two)

A Trademark Films Production for the BBC & Northern Ireland Screen in association with Goldcrest

Best Drama Series

Broadchurch

A Kudos & Imaginary Friends production for ITV

Best Single Documentary

Syria: Across the Lines

A Quicksilver Media production for Channel 4 & WGBH’s Frontline

Best Documentary Series

Educating Yorkshire

A Twofour Broadcast Ltd. production for Channel 4

Best Entertainment/Comedy

Strictly Come Dancing

A BBC In-house Entertainment production for BBC One

Best Multichannel Program

The Tunnel

A co-production of Kudos & Shine France Films in association with Filmlance for Sky Atlantic HD and CANAL+                                                           

Best Factual Entertainment

Gogglebox

A Studio Lambert Production for Channel 4

Radio Broadcaster of the Year

The Nick Ferrari Breakfast Show on LBC

Radio Program of the Year

Tweet of the Day

A BBC Natural History Unit production for BBC Radio 4

Best Actor

Chiwetel Ejiofor -- Dancing on the Edge

A Ruby Film and Television & ITV Studios Global Entertainment co-production, in association with Endgame Entertainment & Playground, Creative England & LipSync Productions for BBC Two

Best Actress

Olivia Colman -- Broadchurch

A Kudos & Imaginary Friends production for ITV                                                                             

Best Writer

Chris Chibnall -- Broadchurch

A Kudos & Imaginary Friends production for ITV

Breakthrough Award

Jamie Dornan -- The Fall

A Fables production in association with Artists Studio for BBC Two

Innovation Award

Sky Television -- for 25 years of innovation

Harvey Lee Award

Andrew Davies

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