Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

The Writers’ Guild Awards

Posted by jonathanfryer on Tuesday, 19th January, 2016

Russell T DaviesThe Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)was taken over last night by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain for their annual awards ceremony, when the people who write the scripts of programmes people watch on TV or films or plays or even video games get a chance to step into the limelight. The ALCS, one whose Board I sit, was one of the sponsors. This year’s compere was the raunchy Scottish comedian Susan Calman who got the evening off to a jolly start by informing us how lucky we are to be able to work in our pyjamas. With three nominations in each of 12 categories, from radio drama to first screenplay, there were far too many winners (and losers) to mention in a short blog item, but a few were definitely highlights. Deborah Frances-White (best radio comedy) was funny but touching about the challenges of facing up to one’s adoption, while Timberlake Wertenbaker (best play) added some welcome gravitas. But to my mind the star of the show came right at the end — not an easy slot, when the audience has been sitting in the theatre for over two hours and there is a drinks reception with canapés waiting outside — was Russell T Davies, who was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to Writing. He gave a bravura performance of self-deprecation mixed with slapstick. As he is immensely tall and Susan Calman distinctly short, they made an amusingly odd couple in the laureates’ line-up.

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