BBC tops at Broadcasting Press Guild nods


LONDON -- The BBC dominated this year's Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, picking up 10 of the 15 nods to be dished out at a lunchtime event here Friday.

The star-studded BBC1 drama "Cranford" scooped four awards including best television drama series, the writer's award for Heidi Thomas and the prize for best actor, which went to Philip Glenister. Eileen Atkins secured the best TV actress nod at the 34th annual event for her turns in "Cranford" and "Ballet Shoes."

BBC presenter Andrew Marr won two awards picking up the "best TV performer in a non-acting role" for his eponymous Sunday show and for his "History of Modern Britain," which also won the award for best documentary series.

Comedy "Gavin & Stacey," which airs on BBC2 and BBC3 won the award for best comedy/entertainment program while motoring show "Top Gear" on BBC2 secured a best factual entertainment program nod.

Elsewhere Channel 4 also secured a plaudit for "Boy A," which picked up the nod for best single television drama.

ITV1's film about living with dementia, "Malcolm and Barbara: Love's Farewell," was voted best single documentary.

"Falklands: The Islanders' War," on the History Channel, won the award for multi-channel program. The Innovation Award went to the social networking site Bebo, for its drama "KateModern," which the BPG said "redefined television drama for the broadband age."

And veteran TV writer and creator Phil Redmond, who launched three long-running and influential British TV series -- "Grange Hill," "Brookside" and "Hollyoaks" -- won the Harvey Lee Award for an outstanding contribution to broadcasting.

The BPG awards are voted for by those who write about TV and radio -- correspondents, critics and previewers -- and are due to be dished out Friday lunchtime at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.