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Posted by TurtleGirl On January - 14 - 2020

Writers behind some of last year’s most critically acclaimed works were honoured at the 2020 Writers’ Guild Awards ceremony, including Danny Brocklehurst, Shola Amoo, Season Butler, Gillian Juckes and Jimmy McGovern.


The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain announced the winners for its prestigious awards across 16 categories in film, television, radio, theatre, comedy, books and videogames, at the illustrious ceremony which took place at the Royal College of Physicians in London.

Hosted by writer, comedian and actor Katy Brand (Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show, Comedy Lab Slap), the awards honoured the cream of British writing talent in front of an audience from a wide range of creative industries, and an array of guests including WGGB President Sandi Toksvig OBE, Samira Ahmed, Simon Beaufoy, Jonathan Harvey, Rufus Jones, Sally Lindsay, Lisa McGee, Nigel Plaskitt with Hartley Hare and Michael Spicer.

Comedy writer and actor John Finnemore was presented with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Writing award by David Tyler who has produced many of his radio comedies. Finnemore’s extensive career has seen him write multiple comedy shows for radio and television, including That Mitchell and Webb Sound, That Mitchell and Webb Look, Dead Ringers, Safety Catch, John Finnemore, Apparently, The Now Show and The Unbelievable Truth. He also co-wrote the podcast David Mitchell’s Soapbox with David Mitchell. Amongst his many credits for BBC Radio 4, Finnemore has written and performed in John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme, as well as Cabin Pressure and Double Acts, both for which he won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Radio Comedy in 2011 and 2017 respectively. He has also won more Comedy.co.uk Awards for writing than anyone else to date.

On receiving his Outstanding Contribution to Writing award, John Finnemore said ‘Receiving this award from the WGGB, and therefore from fellow writers, is deeply gratifying… and utterly astonishing. So, to whoever it is they’ve given it to me in mistake for: I’m very sorry for you, but good luck trying to get it back off me now.’


Outstanding Contribution to Writing
Presenter: David Tyler John Finnemore
Best Online Comedy
Presenter: John Finnemore Side Effects of the Pill by Hannah George and Tasha Dhanraj
Best Long Running TV Series
Presenter: Sally Lindsay Hollyoaks (Episode 5013) by Roanne Bardsley
Best Writing in a Video Game
Presenter: Antony Johnston Over the Alps by Jon Ingold, Katharine Neil and Nick Bush
Best Children’s TV Episode
Presenter: Nigel Plaskitt and Hartley Hare Danger Mouse, Series 2, Episode 39, ‘Melted’ by Ciaran Murtagh & Andrew Barnett Jones
Best Radio Comedy
Presenter: Michael Spicer Prepper by Caroline Moran & James J Moran
Best Long Form TV Drama
Presenter: Danny Brocklehurst Blood, Series 1, Episode 6 by Sophie Petzal
Best First Novel
Presenter: Jonathan Harvey Cygnet by Season Butler
Best First Screenplay
Presenter: Simon Beaufoy Only You by Harry Wootliff
Best Radio Drama
Presenter: Jake Yapp Forest 404 by Timothy X Atack
Best Play for Young Audiences
Presenter: Kumiko Mendl The Canary and the Crow by Daniel Ward
Best Play
Presenter: Samira Ahmed Wolfie by Ross Willis
Best Screenplay
Presenter: Rowan Joffe The Last Tree by Shola Amoo
Best TV Situation Comedy
Presenter: Paula Wilcox Brassic by Danny Brocklehurst
Best Short Form TV Drama
Presenter: Peter Bowker Care by Gillian Juckes and Jimmy McGovern

Best Musical Theatre Bookwriting
Presenter: WGGB President Sandi Toksvig OBE In The Willows – The Hip Hop Musical by Poppy Burton-Morgan


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