Hot on the heels of yesterday's BAFTA success, Broadchurch was honoured again today when the 2013 Peabody Awards were presented at a ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. The Awards, first established in 1941, honour excellence in broadcasting and electronic media, including news, TV and radio programmes and web-based content. The medallions are bestowed by the University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism. This year saw a record breaking 46 recipients, chosen from 1100 submissions.
Of Broadchurch the judges said:
Set in an idyllic coastal town in Britain, the eight-episode series Broadchurch revolves around the shocking murder of an 11-year-old boy, the emotional carnage that ravages his family, and the unexpected secrets that emerge among those whose lives he touched. From the flawless, marvelously cinematic opening sequence to the final revelatory climax, the series takes the viewer on an immersive journey, never overstepping its bounds nor sounding a false note. A troubled police detective, played to perfection by David Tennant, is brought in over the top-ranking local female cop (Olivia Colman) to uncover the perpetrator. Their prickly interaction as they upturn, then discard, one suspect after another becomes just one of several multi-dimensional relationships that deepen the viewer’s enjoyment of this taut whodunnit. For its pitch-perfect take on the classic crime drama, its complex characters, razor-sharp writing and perfect sense of place,Broadchurch receives a Peabody Award.
The ITV series, which aired on BBC America in the USA, also starred Arthur Darvill, Andrew Buchan, Jodie Whittaker and David Bradley. A second series will begin shooting in a few weeks time, and the drama has also inspired an American remake, Gracepoint, which sees David Tennant reprising his lead role.
Other Peabody Award recipients today include Breaking Bad, Orange Is The New Black and The Returned. Click here for the full list of winners.
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