Winners including Miriam Margolyes, Juliet Aubrey and Bridget Christie

Announced for BBC Audio Drama Awards 2022

PHOTO: Miriam Margolyes (Image: Jennifer Robertson - Kyte Photography)


BBC Radio 4

Actors Miriam Margolyes, Juliet Aubrey and comic Bridget Christie are amongst the winners of this year’s BBC Audio Drama Awards, presented at the BBC Radio Theatre in London with a live audience for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Miriam Margolyes was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, accepting her trophy via video link from Australia she said: “I cannot tell you have thrilled I am to be given this award.” She added: “I’ve done my best work in radio, I shall love it ‘til I die.” Her radio roles with the BBC began in 1965, her work includes The Betty Witherspoon Show for Radio 2 in the 1970s through to recent performances in Radio 4’s intergenerational comedy Charlotte and Lilian – just two of many in a widely acclaimed and continuing career.

Magical, contemporary gothic thriller Dead Weather by Hattie Taylor wowed this year’s judging panel. The title and its cast secured three prizes - Best Original Single Drama, Best Actress and Best Supporting Performance for Juliet Aubrey and Claire Price respectively.

In the best actor category Edmund Davies was recognised for his role as Jamie in the series about young parents with learning disabilities, The Pursuits of Darleen Fyles.

Comedy trophies were presented to Bridget Christie for Mortal, her series taking a heart-warming dive into some of life’s more difficult questions. Podcast Sound Heap and its collective of comic talents scored the Best Sketch gong.

The Outstanding Contribution Award was presented to Radio 4’s departing Commissioning Editor for Comedy, Sioned Wiliam. From her own performances in a sketch comedy duo alongside Rebecca Front to producing and commissioning, Sioned Wiliam continues to be a passionate champion of comedy, especially in audio from. At Radio 4 she has welcomed in new talents including Rosie Jones, Daliso Chaponda, Alex Edelman, Lost Voice Guy, Mae Martin and more; as well as providing new vehicles for the likes of Alexei Sayle, French and Saunders, Bill Bailey, Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam.

Charlotte Moore, BBC’s Chief Content Officer says: “Tonight’s awards recognise how all of the talented individuals - both in front of and behind the microphones and mixing desks - make audio the booming medium it is today. Thank you for your commitment to this wonderful genre, and for delighting the millions of listeners who tune in, week after week.”

Further winners included The Meaning of Zong, part of BBC Radio 3’s Lights Up season featuring plays impacted by the pandemic, Ayeesha Menon’s contemporary adaptation of The Jungle Book, and Estonian Public Broadcasting’s adaptation of The Lion by Martin Algus.

The ceremony was hosted by Andy Zaltzman, prize winners included Julie Hesmondhalgh and Monica Dolan.

Full list of winners

Best Actor
Edmund Davies, The Pursuits of Darleen Fyles, director Pauline Harris for BBC Radio 4

Best Actress
Juliet Aubrey, Dead Weather, director Nicolas Jackson, Afonica for BBC Radio 4

Best Supporting Performance
Claire Price, Dead Weather, director Nicolas Jackson, Afonica for BBC Radio 4

The Marc Beeby Award for Best Debut Performance
Saran Morgan, Release, director John Norton BBC Radio 4

Best Original Single Drama
Dead Weather by Hattie Naylor, producer Nicolas Jackson, Afonica for BBC Radio 4

Best Adaptation
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, adapted by Ayeesha Menon, producers Nadir Khan & Ayeesha Menon, Goldhawk Productions for BBC Radio 4

Best Original Series or Serial
Life Lines by Al Smith, producer Sally Avens for BBC Radio 4

Best Scripted Comedy (Longform)
Bridget Christie: Mortal by Bridget Christie, producer Carl Cooper, BBC Studios for BBC Radio 4

Best Scripted Comedy (Sketch Show)
Sound Heap by John-Luke Roberts, with Cariad Lloyd, Charlie George, Deborah Frances-White, Gareth Gwynn, Katherine Parkinson, Katy Brand, Ken Cheng, Kieran Hodgson, Paddy Gervers, Ruth Bratt, Saima Ferdows, Sooz Kempner, Amy Gledhill & Chris Cantrill, Tom Allen, Tom Neenan and Toussaint Douglass, producer Ed Morrish, Lead Mojo

Best Use of Sound
The Meaning of Zong, sound by Jon Nicholls, Jonquil Panting, Giles Terera, producer Jonquil Panting, Jonx Productions for BBC Radio 3

Best European Drama
The Lion by Martin Algus, adapted by Andres Noormets, producer Andres Noormets, ERR Estonian Public Broadcasting

Best Podcast or Online Audio Drama
Passenger List Series 2 by John Scott Dryden, Lauren Shipman, Meghan Fitzmartin, Janina Matthewson, Sarah Lotz, Mark Henry Phillips, producers John Scott Dryden and Emma Hearn, Goldhawk Productions for BBC Radio 4

Lifetime Achievement
Miriam Margolyes

Outstanding Contribution
Sioned Wiliam

Imison Award 2022
The Lemonade Lads by Faebian Averies, producer James Robinson for BBC Radio 4

Tinniswood Award 2022
Blis-ta by Sonya Hale, producer Mimi Findlay, Clean Break for Spotify


Notes to editors

The BBC is the biggest commissioner of audio drama globally, and as such is proud to highlight the best from the sector. The BBC Audio Drama Awards celebrate the passionate and dedicated work of professionals who bring this artform to listeners – from actors to writers, producers and sound designers. Across formats, themes, on air and online, the awards recognise an array of productions.

Previous winners include Rebecca Front, Phil Wang, Danny Sapani, Neil Gaiman, Susan Wokoma and many more. The judging panel of industry experts includes actors Adjoa Andoh, Adrian Scarborough and Monica Dolan, theatre director Michael Buffong, and critic Susannah Clapp.

The BBC Audio Drama Awards cover audio dramas first broadcast in English in the UK between 1 October 2020 and 31 October 2021 or first uploaded/published/released for free listening online in the UK during the same period. Productions may be entered from anywhere in the world subject to these criteria. In addition, the Best European Audio Drama welcomes dramas in other languages than English.

Entries were welcome from all makers of audio drama, and were not restricted to BBC broadcasts. Each programme producer could enter up to four categories (one entry only per category). The audio drama had to be submitted exactly as broadcast or uploaded. There was no entry fee.

The Imison Award is administered by the Society of Authors and the Tinniswood Award by the Society of Authors and the Writers’ Guild.

Source BBC Radio 4

March 28, 2022 5:00am ET by BBC Radio 4  

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