The BBC Audio Drama Awards Return For A Third Year

Entries are open from today for the third BBC Audio Drama Awards which celebrate the exceptional talent and vibrancy of audio drama.

Makers of audio drama, both for the BBC and other broadcasters, analogue, digital and online are being called upon to submit their entries for this year. The BBC Audio Drama Awards 2014 will cover audio dramas' first broadcast in English in the UK between 1 October 2012 and 31 October 2013 or first uploaded/published for free listening online in the UK during the same period. The closing date for submissions is midnight on Friday 11 October 2013. 

The awards pay tribute to the cultural importance of audio drama, on air and online, and are intended to give recognition to the actors, writers, producers, sound designers and others who work in the genre.

In addition, for the first time, listeners will be able to vote for their favourite audio drama through the Radio Times Readers’ Award.

The BBC is delighted also to be joining forces for a third time with the Society of Authors and Writers’ Guild of Great Britain to announce and celebrate the winners of this year’s Imison Award for best original radio drama by a writer new to radio, and the Tinniswood Award for best original radio drama script.

Last year’s star-studded event, hosted by David Tennant, saw Andrew Scott take home the award for Best Actor, Michelle Fairley win Best Actress and Murray Gold receive the Tinniswood Radio Drama Award 2013 for Best Radio Drama Script. Believe It! starring Richard Wilson, David Tennant and Arabella Weir won the Best Scripted Comedy award.Among those presenting the awards were Lenny Henry, Maxine Peake, Stephen Mangan, Penelope Wilton and Stephen Tompkinson.

Short-listed entries will be announced on Monday 6 Jan 2014 and the winners revealed at a ceremony to be held on 26 January 2014 in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House, London.

This year, the award categories open for nominations are:

  • Best Original Audio Drama (Single Play)
  • Best Audio Drama (Series or Serial)
  • Best Audio Drama (Adaptation)
  • Best Actor in an Audio Drama
  • Best Actress in an Audio Drama
  • Best Supporting Actor in an Audio Drama
  • Best Supporting Actress in an Audio Drama
  • Best Use of Sound in an Audio Drama
  • Best Scripted Comedy Drama (script award)
  • Best Scripted Comedy with a Live Audience (script award)
  • Best Online/Non-Broadcast
Helen Boaden, Director of BBC Radio, says: “I am delighted that these inspiring awards will be running for their third year. They celebrate the creativity, range and popularity of a unique genre which we do especially well in this country. This year is likely to be one of the most hotly contested after a period of such strong, top-quality drama. I’m excited to see just which dramas make the shortlist.”

David Tennant would be eligible for a Best Actor Nomination for his role in Every Seventh Wave, broadcast on the 14th February.

Source: BBC Media Centre