The Edinburgh TV Festival’s The TV Foundation has announced the new and emerging talent shortlisted for the 2021 New Voice Awards.

This is the fourth year of the awards recognising the best undiscovered creatives and the companies who do the most to support them.

The ceremony, which will take place digitally on Friday 19th March, will be preceded by a series of panels helping new writers, directors, presenters and producers navigate their first years in the industry as well as readthroughs showcasing the All3Media New Scripts Award shortlists.

The 2021 shortlists showcase new talent whose debut credits include I Hate Suzie, The Real Eastenders and Damilola The Boy Next Door. This year’s partners: All3Media, ITN, Sky and The Farm are supporting the new script, presenter, writer and Test Card Pilot categories respectively, presenting support opportunities for the winners in their upcoming work. The awards will also crown the best Broadcaster, Production Company and Agencies for new talent as part of the ceremony next month.

Talent Schemes Director, Sarah Vignoles said, “We were overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of entries to the New Voice Awards this year, receiving a record number of entries to our individual categories. Following such a difficult year for the television industry, it was really heartening to see how many talented people made their writing, directing and presenting debuts in 2020. The shortlisted entries are a testament to why offering opportunities to new faces shouldn’t be seen as a risk, but an opportunity to welcome new and varied viewpoints onto our screens with often dazzling results.”

Callum Tilbury (Lady Aria Grey), last year’s winner of the All3Media New Comedy Script award, said of his win: “My dream of becoming a full time, professional writer is ­finally coming true, and it’s directly linked to my NVA win. I’m so incredibly thankful to the Edinburgh TV Festival and the NVA team for making this happen.”


Here’s the full shortlist


Victor Adebodun Debut Director Award

The Debut Director Award is named in honour of the late Victor Adebodun. Victor was an alumnus of the Festival’s Ones to Watch Scheme and presented the 2018 Debut Director Award. Victor was a talented director, creative leader and managing director of Purple Geko, an award-winning production company.

This award is for directors who have received their first professional TV credit in 2020.

Jemma Gander, How To Stay Out of Jail, Channel 4

Ashley Francis-Roy, The Real Eastenders, Channel 4

Laura Scrivano, McDonald & Dodds Film 2: A Wilderness of Mirrors, ITV

Rosie Baldwin, Disabled not Defeated: The Rock Band with Learning Disabilities – Delta 7, Vice (Noisey)

Ben Bryant, Catch Her If You Can, BBC Three

Georgi Banks-Davies, I Hate Suzie, Sky Atlantic

Nicole Charles, Hair Power: Me & My Afro, Channel 4


Debut Writer Award, supported by Sky

For writers who have received their first professional TV credit in 2020.

Liz Taylor, Doctors, BBC One

Yolanda Mercy, BBW, Channel 4

Ali Taylor, River City, BBC One Scotland

Sophia Al-Maria, Little Birds, Sky Atlantic

Tom Wentworth, CripTales: The Real Deal, BBC Four

Mandy Redvers-Rowe, Moving On: Second Sight, BBC One


Debut Presenter Award, supported by ITN

For presenters who have received their first professional TV credit in 2020.

Yinka Bokinni, Damilola The Boy Next Door, Channel 4

Chanté Joseph, How Not To Be Racist, Channel 4

Chris Arnold, BBC Politics West – Cancel Culture, BBC One/ BBC West

Sophia Smith Galer, America’s TikTok Election, BBC World News

Layla Wright, False Hope? Alternative Cancer Cures, BBC Three

Kash Jones, Panorama: Has Covid Stolen My Future?, BBC One

Joice Etutu, BBC Africa Eye – Turkey’s Ghost Ships, BBC World


Test Card Pilot Award, supported by The Farm

Awarded to an individual or team for an un-commissioned, non-TX pilot or webseries completed in 2020. Submissions can be scripted or unscripted.

This Abled Dancer

phase two

Flavours Without Borders


Films of Fury

News At Kate


All3Media New Drama Script Award

Awarded to a TV drama script by an unproduced, unrepresented writer.

Victoria Morris, The Max Theory

Rachel Clark, The Godstone Girls

Tomi Sunmonu, The Veil: University of Cravenhill

Shyam Popat, Exodus

Tobias Hussey, The Truth

Sarah Louise Madden, Children of the State


All3Media New Comedy Script Award

Awarded to a TV comedy script by an unproduced, unrepresented writer.

Anna Costello, Dead Canny

maatin, Unholy

Mitra Djalili, Losing It.

Lucie Brownlee, Wife After Death

Jessica Riches, Saturnine

Isaac Burnett , Forque Hall


Future Presenter Award

Awarded to an aspiring presenter with strong potential.

Kayah Hazell and Vanilla

Nyasha Sakutukwa

Miray Özdoğan

Jack Gleadow


Anna-Marie Descartes

Muinat Abdul


Jon Creamer

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