The much anticipated BBC Audio Drama Awards return for a fifth year to celebrate the exceptional talent, creativity and diversity of audio drama – and entries are open now.
The awards recognise the cultural significance, range and originality of audio drama, on air as well as online, and credit the creativity of the actors, writers, producers, sound designers and others who work within the field.
Following on from last year’s award ceremony, hosted by Lenny Henry and Helen Boaden, Director of BBC Radio, the BBC Audio Drama Awards are once again calling for entries from all makers of audio drama, both from the BBC and other broadcasters – including analogue, digital and online.
Alison Hindell, Head of Audio Drama at the BBC, says: “It’s fantastic to see the BBC Audio Drama Awards back again for the fifth consecutive year. Radio Drama is hugely popular with listeners around the world and it’s great to celebrate the talent, craft and dedication of the people that create those magical pictures in our imaginations. The BBC is rightly proud of its radio drama output and its place in the flourishing audio environment of the 21st century.”
Last year’s star-studded event saw author Neil Gaiman take home a special Outstanding Contribution Award for his commitment to audio drama with adaptations of Good Omens and Neverwhere; Scottish actor and comedian Stanley Baxter awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award to mark his 75th year in radio; and Sir Ian McKellen win Best Actor.
This year, the BBC will again be joining forces 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.
Shortlisted entries will be announced on 17 November, with the finalists revealed on 5 January. The winners will be awarded at a ceremony in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House, London, on Sunday 31 January 2016.
The 2015 award categories open for nominations are:
- Best Audio Drama (Original Single)
- 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/Actress in an Audio Drama
- Best Debut Performance in an Audio Drama
- Best Use of Sound in an Audio Drama
- Best Scripted Comedy (script award)
- Best Scripted Comedy with a Live Audience (script award)
- Best Online or Non-Broadcast
The closing date for submissions is midnight on Friday 9 October. For more information and to download the entry form go to: bbc.co.uk/programmes/audio_drama_awards