Channel 4 will be embarrassed after a sitcom they cancelled won one of Europe’s biggest TV awards, in a night dominated by British victories.
In what has already been a rough week for the channel after their controversial move to broadcast The Great British Bake Off, Channel 4’s only award was for the sitcom prize, which went to Raised by Wolves. Channel 4 axed the show last month, resulting in a social media campaign using the hashtag #upthewolves in order to bring the show back from creators Caitlin and Caroline Moran.
Of the six TV categories, the BBC won half the awards on offer, with Inside No. 9 taking the comedy prize, River the drama prize, and The Real Marigold Hotel the reality and factual entertainment award. ITV’s Pick Me! scooped the game show prize. The only award that went to a non-UK show was the entertainment prize, which went to Sweden’s SVT for their coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest. A lifetime achievement award was also given to Monty Python star John Cleese.
There were also prizes for radio, with the BBC winning four of the five categories. The awards went Paul Sinha’s History Revision (radio comedy), The Museum of Curiosity (radio talk show), Amazing Grace (radio music) and The Abuse Trial (audio stories). The other prize, for “event of the year”, went to Ireland’s RTE for the European Dawn Chorus.