The Edinburgh TV Festival, backed by Screen Scotland, has revealed the shortlist for its TV Awards with Cast&Crew acting as official partner for the ceremony.

Channel 4 has scored 25 nominations, whilst BBC follow behind with 16, Sky receives seven nominations and Apple TV+ has four nominations.

The Production Company of the Year shortlist features Bad Wolf, CPL Productions, Dancing Ledge Productions, Hungry Bear Media, Merman Television and Studio Lambert.

Small Indie of the Year nominees include Afro-Mic Productions, Alleycats TV, Candour Productions, Curious Films, Fully Focussed Productions and Hardcash Productions.

The Best Drama category includes Bad Sisters, Happy Valley, I Am Ruth, Sherwood, Slow Horses and The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe . From outside the UK, the International Drama category features Black Bird, Stranger Things, Succession, The Last of Us, The White Lotus, and Wednesday.

In unscripted, the nominees for Best Documentary include Children of the Taliban, Finding Michael, Frozen Planet II, Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story, The Crossing (Exposure), and Wild Isles; and in Popular Factual the shortlist features Brian Cox: How the Other Half Live, DNA Journey, Gogglebox, Married at First Sight UK, Race Across the World and Rosie Jones’ Trip Hazard.

Back for 2023 is The Climate Impact Award, which was introduced to the Awards last year. This award recognises storytelling that motivates, enables, and educates audiences to engage with the transition to a sustainable future. The shortlist includes America the Beautiful, The Truth About Adidas: Dispatches, Football’s Toughest Opponent, Guy Martin’s Great British Power Trip, Platinum Party at the Palace and What Killed the Whale?

BBC programming fares well in the Best Entertainment category with The Traitors, The Graham Norton Show and The Rap Game UK all nominated alongside ITV’s The Masked Singer and Late Night Lycett and Taskmaster for Channel 4.

In comedy Derry Girls, Big Boys, Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared, Everyone Else Burns, Extraordinary and Trying all make the shortlist.

In the Best Presenter category, the shortlist for Entertainment features three double-acts, including Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly for Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Greg Davies and Alex Horne for Taskmaster, and Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan for Rob & Romesh vs…. Other nominees in the category include Claudia Winkleman for The Piano, Graham Norton for The Graham Norton Show and Mo Gilligan for The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan.

Nominees in the Factual category include Alice Levine for Sex Actually, David Attenborough for Wild Isles, David Baddiel for Jews Don’t Count, Martin Lewis for The Martin Lewis Money Show Live, Munya Chawawa for How to Survive a Dictator with Munya Chawawa and Ramita Navai for Afghanistan: No Country For Women.

We also see the introduction of new category Production Group of the Year which features nominees Banijay UK, BBC Studios Productions, Fremantle, ITV Studios, Objective Media Group, STV Studios and Universal International Studios.

The Best on Demand Service includes Channel 4 Streaming, BBC iPlayer, ITVX, NOW, and STV Player and the coveted Channel of the Year nominees are BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Scotland Channel, Channel 4, and ITV.

Filmmaker, podcaster, radio host and award-winning investigative journalist, Mobeen Azhar, is this year’s Jury President.

Special awards will be presented at the Ceremony in Edinburgh including TV Moment of the Year and the Variety Outstanding Achievement Award. The Edinburgh TV Awards will be held at the EICC on Thursday 24th August.



Pippa Considine

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