BBC Dominates Writers’ Guild Awards Shortlist

Rastamouse writer Davey Moore is nominated

The BBC have taken 14 of the 15 television writing nominations in the Writers’ Guild Awards Shortlist. The only representative of any other channel is Peep Show (Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, Channel 4) which is nominated for best sitcom alongside  Lead Balloon (Pete Sinclair and Jack Dee) and Rev (James Wood and Jonathan Harvey).  Other notable noms include author Neil Gaiman (‘The Doctor’s Wife’) in his first ever nomination for TV writing, as part of the Doctor Who team. Who helmer Stephen Moffat is also nominated for Sherlock in the category of best TV short-form drama along with Mark Gatiss and Stephen Thompson.

Children’s favourite Rastamouse is nominated with Tracey Beaker and Little Howard’s Big Question in a clean sweep for CBBC. In the screenplay category The IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade is nominated for his debut Submarine. He is up against Joe Cornish for Attack the Block which was the surprise hit of the summer.

Casualty‘s ‘A Place of Safety’ which dealt with the sectioning of young doctor Ruth Winters is nominated for continuing drama alongside the Eastenders episode ‘Dot’s Impossible Decision’ which showed Dot Cotton having her husband Jim put into a home after his care became too much for her. Also in the category is daytime soap Doctors episode  ’Pavlova’s Dogs’.

The awards will be presented on November 16th in London. Full list of nominations here.


Best Continuing Drama

  • Casualty: Place of Safety – Dana Fainaru
  • Doctors: Pavlova’s Dogs – Claire Bennett
  • EastEnders: Dot’s Impossible Decision – Simon Ashdown

Best Videogame

  • Brink – Ed Stern
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West – Alex Garland and Tameem Antoniades
  • The Curfew – Kieron Gillen

Best Children’s Television Script

  • Little Howard’s Big Question: Why do Things Have to Die? – Chris Chantler and Howard Read
  • Rastamouse: Lady Uptown – Davy Moore
  • Tracy Beaker Returns: What You Don’t Know – Emma Reeves

Best Screenplay

  • 127 Hours – Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy
  • Attack the Block – Joe Cornish
  • NEDS – Peter Mullan
  • Skeletons – Nick Whitfield
  • Submarine – Richard Ayoade

Best Television Short-Form Drama

  • Eric & Ernie – Peter Bowker
  • Exile – Danny Brocklehurst
  • Sherlock – Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Stephen Thompson

Best Television Comedy

  • Lead Balloon – Pete Sinclair and Jack Dee
  • Peep Show – Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain and Simon Blackwell
  • Rev – James Wood and Jonathan Harvey

Best Television Drama Series

  • Accused – Jimmy McGovern, Danny Brocklehurst, Alice Nutter and Esther Wilson
  • Doctor Who – Steven Moffat, Richard Curtis, Gareth Roberts, Stephen Thompson, Neil Gaiman and Matthew Graham
  • The Shadow Line – Hugo Blick

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