2018 BBC Audio Drama Awards Finalists

The 2018 BBC Audio Drama Awards shortlist includes these categories with works of genre interest —

Best Single Drama

  • Dangerous Visions: Culture by Al Smith, producer Sally Avens, BBC Radio Drama London
  • The Music Lesson by Hannah Silva, producer Melanie Harris, Sparklab Productions
  • The Red by Marcus Brigstocke, producer Caroline Raphael, Pier Productions

Best Audio Drama (Series or Serial)

  • Black Eyed Girls by Katie Hims, producer Sasha Yevtushenko, BBC Radio Drama London
  • Dangerous Visions: Resistance by Val McDermid, producer Sue Roberts, BBC Radio Drama North
  • Home Front by Katie Hims and Sarah Daniels, producer Jessica Dromgoole, BBC Radio Drama Birmingham

Best Adaptation

  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, producer Gary Brown, BBC Radio Drama North
  • Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, adapted by Ayeesha Menon, producers Tracey Neale and Emma Harding, BBC Radio Drama London
  • Terrible Beauty by Gerald Doyle, adapted and produced by Bernard Clarke, RTE Lyric FM

Best Actor

  • Paapa Essiedu, Wide Open Spaces
  • John Hurt, The Invisible Man Chapter 1
  • Nikesh Patel, Midnight’s Children

Best Debut Performance

  • Andrew Leung, Prime Cut
  • Kate Phillips, Gudrun’s Saga
  • Sabrina Sandhu, Black Eyed Girls

Best Use of Sound

  • Dangerous Visions: Kafka’s Metamorphosis, sound by Nigel Lewis, producer James Robinson, BBC Cymru Wales
  • Midnight’s Children, sound by Peter Ringrose, Anne Bunting, Jenni Burnett, producers Tracey Neale and Emma Harding, BBC Radio Drama London
  • War of the Worlds, sound by Cal Knightley, Mike Etherden, Alison Craig, producer Marc Beeby, BBC Radio Drama London

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House, London, on January 28. Each category is judged by a team of industry experts including actors Ruth Jones and Paterson Joseph, Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, and writer David Eldridge.

5 thoughts on “2018 BBC Audio Drama Awards Finalists

  1. Home Front isn’t really what I’d call ‘genre’, at least not SFF. Pure historical drama, with one hallucinatory episode in 4 years.
    The Red doesn’t seem genre either from the description.

  2. No love for Anansi Boys? Or did it finish late enough that it will be up next year? (I thought it fit entirely in 2017 but the site isn’t showing me dates.) Or is UK radio drama that good?

  3. My bad. Categories of interest rather than nominees of interest.

    John Finnemore’s Double Acts is nominated in a couple of the other categories and this show is absolutely worth watching out for. Not Genre, but the exploration of fan fiction in the first series ‘English For Pony Lovers’ was priceless. One of the best short plays of last year.

  4. NickPheas: The categories listed include works of genre interest, not all the nominees in those categories are genre.

    I probably just should have chopped out the non-genre nominees to avoid confusion.

  5. No love for Anansi Boys? Or did it finish late enough that it will be up next year? (I thought it fit entirely in 2017 but the site isn’t showing me dates.) Or is UK radio drama that good?

    I found this elsewhere on the BBC page:

    “The BBC Audio Drama Awards will cover audio dramas first broadcast in English in the UK between 1 October 2016 and 31 October 2017 or first uploaded/published/released for free listening online in the UK during the same period.”

    So Anansi Boys has to wait until next year.

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