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WRITERS' GUILD OF GREAT BRITAIN AWARDS 2018: SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

p>The Writers' Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) is delighted to announce the shortlist for its annual awards, to be presented on Monday 15 January 2018 at the Royal College of Physicians in central London.

WGGB President Olivia Hetreed said:

“I am enormously pleased and proud of the Writers’ Guild Award shortlists announced today. They represent the best of British writing by the best writers across the full range of dramatic and comic writing. And they are all selected by working writers in their own field. It is that judgement by your peers that makes these Awards unique and uniquely special to the winners.”

The shortlist in 14 categories follows (in addition, a special award for outstanding contribution to writing is presented at the ceremony every year):

Best Long Form TV Drama

Bang, Episode 1 (Roger Williams), Line of Duty, Series 4 (Jed Mercurio), Taboo (Chips Hardy, Steven Knight, Ben Hervey and Emily Ballou)

Best Short Form TV Drama

Three Girls (Nicole Taylor), Waiting for Andre (Neil Forsyth), The Witness for the Prosecution (Sarah Phelps)

Best Long Running TV Series

Coronation Street, Episode 9251 (Damon Alexis-Rochefort), Emmerdale, Episode 7699 “Inside the Mind of Dementia” (Maxine Alderton), Holby City, Series 19, Episode 2 “Rocket Man” (Peter Mattessi)

Best TV Situation Comedy

This Country (Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper), Back (Simon Blackwell), Inside No. 9 “The Bill” (Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith)

Best Children’s TV Episode

Counterfeit Cat “Room of Panic” (Tim Bain), Counterfeit Cat “Sardonians of the Galaxy” (Ciaran Murtagh and Andrew Jones), The Worst Witch “The Mists of Time” (Nick Leather)

Best Radio Drama

Romance Is Dead (Ben Lewis), The Things We Never Said (Ming Ho), Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola, Season 3, Money “Reap” (Lavinia Murray)

Best Radio Comedy

Sarah Kendall: Australian Trilogy “A Day In October” (Sarah Kendall), John Finnemore’s Double Acts, Series 2, Episode 4 “Penguin Diplomacy” (John Finnemore), Kevin Eldon Will See You Now, Series 3, Episode 1 “Tarquin and the Tiny Studio” (Kevin Eldon, Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris)

Best Writing in a Video Game

Battlefield 1 (Steven Hall, Zachary Betka, Mark Bristol, Matt Gibbs, Justin Villiers, Andrew Robertshaw and Steven Bigras), Hellblade:  Senua's Sacrifice (Tameem Antoniades), Subsurface Circular (Mike Bithell)

Best Screenplay

Miss Sloane (Jonathan Perera), Their Finest (Gaby Chiappe), The Olive Tree (Paul Laverty)

Best First Screenplay

God’s Own Country (Francis Lee), Jawbone (Johnny Harris), Under the Shadow (Babak Anvari)

Best Play

Barber Shop Chronicles (Inua Ellams), The Children (Lucy Kirkwood), The Ferryman (Jez Butterworth)

Best Play for Young Audiences

How To Be A Kid (Sarah McDonald-Hughes), The Host (Nessah Muthy), The Messenger (Mike Kenny)

Best First Novel

Towards Mellbreak (Marie Elsa-Bragg), Montpelier Parade (Karl Geary), The Bureau of Second Chances (Sheena Kalayil)

Best Online Comedy

Showreel for One Word or Less Parts (Marek Larwood), Meet the city boys secretly voting for Corbyn! (Gabriel Bisset-Smith), A Hard Brexit (Barney Fishwick and Will Hislop)

Sponsors

The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is the lead sponsor of the Writers’ Guild Awards this year. Our other sponsors:  BBC, ITV, Company Pictures, Nick Hern Books

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Notes to editors

Photo of Olivia Hetreed and of previous award ceremonies available on request from sarah@writersguild.org.uk

Please email queries about the ceremony/guest list to awards@writersguild.org.uk

History of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards

You can find a history of the Awards, a full archive of winners and a slideshow of last year's ceremony at: www. writersguild.org.uk/category/awards/

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) is a trade union representing writers for TV, film, theatre, radio, books, poetry, animation and videogames. It negotiates national agreements on pay and conditions with key industry bodies, including BBC, ITV and Pact; the Royal Court, National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. It campaigns and lobbies on behalf of writers and offers a range of benefits to its members, including free contract vetting, support and advice; events and discounts; free training; a weekly ebulletin; a pension scheme and welfare fund.  

Website: www.writersguild.org.uk

Twitter: @TheWritersGuild #wggbawards

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ thewritersguild 

For further information contact Sarah Woodley, Communications Manager, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.

Email: sarah@writersguild.org.uk  

Tel: 07557 980151

 

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