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Broadchuch takes two Press gongs

Detective drama Broadchurch stole the show at the Broadcasting Press Guild (BPG) awards picking up honours for its creator and one of its stars.

Olivia Colman, who played detective Ellie Miller in the hit show, was named Best Actress at the awards, which are voted for by journalists who write about TV and radio.

Broadchurch was a huge hit for ITV and a second series, a novel and a US remake are all in the pipeline.

Its creator Chris Chibnall won the Best Writer award and the smash hit also bagged the Best Drama Series gong.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role in 12 Years a Slave, was named best actor for his performance in Dancing on the Edge.

The breakthrough award went to Belfast actor Jamie Dornan, who is soon to star in the film of E L James' Fifty Shades of Grey, for The Fall.

The Harvey Lee award for an outstanding contribution to broadcasting went to Andrew Davies, who has created more BPG award-winning programmes than anyone else in the event's 40-year history including adaptations of House of Cards, Pride and Prejudice and Bleak House.

Channel 4's fly-on-the-wall school show Educating Yorkshire won best documentary series.


Syria: Across the Lines was voted best single documentary, while the award for best factual entertainment went to Gogglebox.

The Wipers Times, about a newspaper made in the trenches of World War One, was voted best single drama and Strictly Come Dancing was named best entertainment programme.

The Tunnel, Sky Atlantic's remake of Scandinavian drama The Bridge, was voted best multichannel programme and Sky also picked up the innovation award.

LBC's Nick Ferrari was voted radio broadcaster of the year days after he chaired the European Union debate between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg.

The awards were sponsored by the Discovery Channel and held at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in central London.