Tuesday 23 January 2018

Stars turn out to honour women of film and TV

Christine Bleakley arrives at the Sky Women in Film & Television Awards, at the Park Lane Hilton hotel, in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday December 2, 2011. See PA story SHOWBIZ Women. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Christine Bleakley arrives at the Sky Women in Film & Television Awards, at the Park Lane Hilton hotel, in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday December 2, 2011. See PA story SHOWBIZ Women. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Comedy star Victoria Wood received a lifetime achievement award today at a major event recognising outstanding women in the film and TV industry.

The writer and comedy actress - whose hits have included Dinnerladies and Acorn Antiques - was honoured at the Sky Women in Film and TV Awards, now in its 21st year.



Wood was presented with her award by Vera Drake star Imelda Staunton at the ceremonY.



Sue Perkins - whose television appearances in the last year have included hosting BBC One's The Great British Bake Off - was another winner, taking home the news and factual award.



Actress Emily Watson, whose recent roles have included the controversial television drama Appropriate Adult about serial killers Fred and Rosemary West, won the best performance prize. She was unable to receive the honour in person.



The event was hosted by comedian Miranda Hart, accompanied by stars from West End musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert, to celebrate the year's most inspiring women.



Last year's Strictly Come Dancing winner Kara Tointon, Absolutely Fabulous star Jennifer Saunders and actress/director Kathy Burke were among the guest presenters.



The achievement of the year award was shared by three winners - Sky News special correspondent Alex Crawford, CNN international correspondent Sara Sidner and al-Jazeera English correspondent Zeina Khodr, for their work reporting from the front lines of war zones.



Kate Kinninmont, CEO of the Women in Film and Television organisation, said: "We still don't allow females to fight on the front line, yet these three women managed to dodge the bullets and get to the heart of the story while the men were reporting from balconies back at their hotel."



The writing award was shared by Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine for BBC4's critically acclaimed medical comedy, Getting On.



Anna Scher, founder of the famous theatre school named after her, was named inspirational woman.



Ms Kinninmont said of the award winners: "What a terrific array of creativity, talent, drive and sheer determination they have."



The winners included:



:: The BBC News And Factual Award - Sue Perkins



:: The Envy Producer Award - Andrea Calderwood



:: The Eon Productions Lifetime Achievement Award - Victoria Wood



:: The ITV Achievement Of The Year Award - Alex Crawford, Sara Sidner and Zeina Khodr



:: The Littlestar Contribution To The Medium Award - Janice Hadlow



:: The MAC Best Performance Award - Emily Watson



:: The Skillset Inspirational Woman Award - Anna Scher



:: The Technicolor Writing Award - Joanna Scanlan, Vicki Pepperdine and Jo Brand.







Wood was unable to attend the event at the last moment, so Staunton accepted it on her behalf.



She said: "I think she paved the way for many comedians, male and female. To have someone who can command all her shows, fill the Albert Hall, write music, do documentaries about Queen Victoria - it's slightly annoying! It's tremendous, what she's done."



Staunton added: "It's very important that women are celebrated for the work they do, for the times that they don't get the breaks and the work behind the scenes that women do.



"We're so lucky that we've got so many great women on television who are such an inspiration to so many of us."









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