‘I May Destroy You’ & Michaela Coel Win Big At Broadcasting Press Guild Awards

Michaela Coel’s BBC/HBO series I May Destroy You was the big winner at the UK’s Broadcasting Press Guild Awards on Friday.

The limited series, about a woman piecing together the events of her sexual assault, won Best Drama Series, beating competition from the likes of BBC/Hulu series Normal People and Sky’s I Hate Suzie. Coel also walked away with Best Actress and Best Writer.

Collecting her gongs, Coel said: “Receiving this from the Broadcasting Press Guild is particularly meaningful to me, because this is awarded by journalists, the best of which scrutinize the topic, their opinion of it, and interrogate both the world and themselves, as writers within it. I can identify with this, particularly because I May Destroy You was inspired by my own experiences of sexual assault.”

Elsewhere, David Tennant won Best Actor for portraying serial killer Dennis Nilsen in ITV’s Des, as well as his performance in BBC/Hulu show Staged, which won Best Comedy. The Crown’s Emma Corrin won the Breakthrough Award, while ITV/AMC series Quiz was named Best Drama Miniseries.

There were also prizes for other achievements in 2020, not least the Film & TV Production Restart Scheme, which provided an insurance solution that enabled shoots to restart amid the pandemic. John McVay, CEO of producer trade body Pact, collected the Harvey Lee Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting Award for spearheading the initiative.

Nominees and winners below. Winners are in bold.

Best Documentary Miniseries 
8 Minutes And 46 Seconds: The Killing of George Floyd (Sky News)
Freddie Flintoff – Living with Bulimia (South Shore Productions for BBC One)
My Family, The Holocaust and Me (Wall to Wall for BBC One)
**The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty (72 Films for BBC Two)**

Best Documentary Series
Dispatches: all 2020 programmes (Various production companies for Channel 4)
Nigella’s Cook, Eat, Repeat (BBC Studios for BBC Two)
Portrait Artist of the Year, Series 7 (Storyvault Films for Sky Arts)
**Once Upon a Time in Iraq (KEO Films for BBC Two)**

Best Comedy
Friday Night Dinner, Series 6 (Big Talk Productions for Channel 4)
Inside No. 9, Series 5 (BBC Studios for BBC Two)
**Staged, Series 1 (Infinity Hill/ GCB Films for BBC One)**
This Country, Series 3 (BBC Studios for BBC Three)
The Trip, Series 4 (Greece) (Revolution Films for Sky One)

Best Entertainment
Big Zuu’s Big Eats (TwoFour’s Boomerang for Dave)
**Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, Series 3 (Owl Power for BBC Two)**
Race Across the World, Series 2 (Studio Lambert for BBC Two)
Taskmaster, Series 10 (Avalon Television for Channel 4)

Best Actress
**Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You)**
Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal People)
Dolly Wells (Dracula)
Letitia Wright (Mangrove, Small Axe)

Best Actor
Shaun Parkes (Mangrove, Small Axe)
Matthew Macfadyen (Quiz)
Paul Mescal (Normal People)
**David Tennant (Des/ Staged)**

Best Writer
James Graham (Quiz)
**Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You)**
Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton (Inside No. 9)
Steve McQueen, Courttia Newland, Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Alastair Siddons (Small Axe)

Best Drama Miniseries 
Des (New Pictures for ITV)
**Quiz (Left Bank Pictures for ITV and AMC)**
Roald and Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse (Hartswood Films for Sky One)
The Salisbury Poisonings (Dancing Ledge Productions for BBC One)

Best Drama Series 
All Creatures Great and Small (Playground Entertainment for Channel 5)
I Hate Suzie (Bad Wolf and Sky Studios for Sky Atlantic)
**I May Destroy You (Various Artists Limited/ FALKNA for BBC One and HBO)**
Normal People (Element Pictures for BBC Three and Hulu)
Small Axe (Turbine Studios/ Lammas Park for Amazon and BBC One)

BPG Breakthrough Award
**Emma Corrin (The Crown)**
Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal People)
Paul Mescal (Normal People)
Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn (Lovers Rock, Small Axe)

BPG Innovation in Broadcasting Award
**BBC for its Lockdown Learning initiative (BBC TV/Online/social media)**
Grayson’s Art Club – Grayson and Philippa Perry tackling lockdown through art (Channel 4)
PE With Joe – Joe Wicks’ lockdown PE lessons (YouTube) 

Audio Presenter of the Year
**Clara Amfo (BBC Radio 1 production for BBC Radio 1)**

Radio Programme of the Year
**1Xtra Talks Special: George Floyd and Black Lives Matter with Seani B and DJ Ace (BBC Audio for BBC 1Xtra)**

Podcast of the Year
**How Do You Cope?…With Elis James and John Robins (Audio Always for BBC Radio 5 Live)**

Harvey Lee Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting Award
**John McVay, PACT, on behalf of all who created the Film & TV Production Restart Scheme**

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