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LONDON – British comedy legend Victoria Wood, actress Emily Watson, comedian and TV presenter Sue Perkins and BBC2 Controller Janice Hadlow all featured on the honor roll call at the 21st annual Women in Film and TV Awards ceremony.
The awards, dished out during a raucous lunchtime ceremony in central London and hosted by actress and comedian Miranda Hart, aim to celebrate the work and achievements of women working in the film and television sectors.
Wood received the EON Productions lifetime achievement award for her work which includes some of British TV’s best loved shows including Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV, Dinnerladies, Housewife 49 and Eric and Ernie.
Watson, not present at the shindig, was heralded in the MAC sponsored best performance category for turn in ITV1’s Appropriate Adult.
Hadlow picked up the Littlestar contribution to the medium award for her drama, comedy and specialist factual programming skills as BBC 2 controller.
Output on Hadlow’s watch includes The Hour, Wonders of the Solar System and Fantabulosa during her tenure at BBC Two and previously at BBC Four.
Perkins won the BBC News and Factual nod for her work on The Great British Bake Off on BBC One.
The ITV achievement of the year nod was awarded to three winners: Alex Crawford (Special Correspondent, Sky News), Sara Sidner (International Correspondent, CNN) and Zeina Khodr (Correspondent, al-Jazeera English) for reporting from the front lines of war zones.
“Not only do we have a record number of awards -14 this year – but we actually have a total of 18 winners, said WFTV CEO Kate Kinninmont.
“I’m particularly delighted to see that the ITV achievement of the year award is being presented to the three courageous women correspondents who risked their lives to get to the frontline and report live on the fall of Tripoli. We still don’t allow females to fight on the frontline, yet these three women managed to dodge the bullets and get to the heart of the story while the men were reporting from balconies back at their hotel.”
The Technicolour sponsored writing Award was also presented to a trio: Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan, Vicki Pepperdine, the driving force behind TV comedy Getting On.
Other winners included film producer Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland).
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