Broadchurch wins three Broadcasting Press Guild awards

Hit crime drama Broadchurch captivated millions of viewers last spring and it has cleaned up at the Broadcasting Press Guild (BPG) awards this afternoon.

The ITV series claimed the coveted Best Drama Series, Olivia Colman won the Best Actress prize for her role as Ellie Miller and creator Chris Chibnall also won the BPG Writer Award.

Voted for by journalists who write about TV and radio, the 40th annual Broadcasting Press Guild awards ceremony took place at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, with plenty of stars in attendance.

Chiwetel Ejiofor won Best Actor for his part in BBC Two’s Dancing On The Edge and Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan claimed the Breakthrough Award for his performance as a serial killer in The Fall.

There was more good news for BBC Two when Ian Hislop and Michael Palin’s The Wipers Times won Best Single Drama.

Meanwhile, Strictly Come Dancing was named Best Entertainment Programme, with Sir Bruce Forsyth collecting the award.

Channel 4 took home all three awards for factual television, with Educating Yorkshire winning Best Documentary Series. Gogglebox won Best Factual Entertainment, while Syria: Across the Lines won Best Single Documentary.

Sky1’s The Tunnel was voted Best Multichannel Programme.