Writers behind some of last year’s most critically acclaimed works were honoured at the 2020 Writers’ Guild Awards ceremony, including filmmaker Shola Amoo, and playwright Daniel Ward

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) announced the winners for its prestigious awards across 16 categories in film, television, radio, theatre, comedy, books and videogames, at the illustrious ceremony which took place at the Royal College of Physicians in London. Hosted by writer, comedian, and actor Katy Brand (Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show, Comedy Lab Slap), the awards honoured the cream of British writing talent in front of an audience from a wide range of creative industries, and an array of guests.

Shola Amoo was awarded Best Screenplay by Rowan Joffe for his semi-autobiographical coming-of-age film The Last Tree, which screened at the inaugural S.O.U.L. Film Festival at the BFI last year. Daniel Ward received the Best Play for Young Audiences accolade from Kumiko Mendl for his semi-autobiographical The Canary and the Crow, the award-winning grime and hip-hop-inspired gig theatre production, about the journey of a working-class black kid who’s accepted to a prestigious grammar school.

WGGB President Sandi Toksvig OBE said ‘Congratulations to all the Writers’ Guild Awards 2020 winners, it’s a sheer joy just to be in a room amongst such wonderful writers. These ridiculously talented people have kept us entertained throughout the year with their brilliant writing, they have brought us much-needed tonic during these challenging times, and we have been spoilt rotten by their wonderful creations!’

The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is the lead sponsor of the 2020 Writers’ Guild Awards. Other sponsors are BBC, ITV, Company Pictures, Script Angel and Nick Hern Books.

Full list of Writers’ Guild Awards 2020 Winners:

  • Outstanding Contribution to Writing – John Finnemore
  • Best Online Comedy – Side Effects of the Pill by Hannah George and Tasha Dhanraj
  • Best Long-Running TV Series – Hollyoaks (Episode 5013) by Roanne Bardsley
  • Best Writing in a Video Game – Over the Alps by Jon Ingold, Katharine Neil and Nick Bush
  • Best Children’s TV Episode – Danger Mouse, Series 2, Episode 39, ‘Melted’ by Ciaran Murtagh & Andrew Barnett Jones
  • Best Radio Comedy – Prepper by Caroline Moran & James J Moran
  • Best Long Form TV Drama – Blood, Series 1, Episode 6 by Sophie Petzal
  • Best First Novel – Cygnet by Season Butler
  • Best First Screenplay – Only You by Harry Wootliff
  • Best Radio Drama – Forest 404 by Timothy X Atack
  • Best Play for Young Audiences – The Canary and the Crow by Daniel Ward
  • Best Play – Wolfie by Ross Willis
  • Best Screenplay – The Last Tree by Shola Amoo
  • Best TV Situation Comedy – Brassic by Danny Brocklehurst
  • Best Short Form TV Drama – Care by Gillian Juckes and Jimmy McGovern
  • Best Musical Theatre Book writing – In The Willows – The Hip Hop Musical by Poppy Burton-Morgan

Find out more about the Writers Guild Award here.

ESTHER BEAUMONT​
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