FREESAT FREE TV AWARDS WINNERS 2014

Freesat Channel of the Year

BBC Two

The judges said:

On this channel, everything is just working’. It’s truly firing on all cylinders, with great comedy and expertise in every factual territory, from science to history.

Even its lighter programmes – including those that might literally be described as ‘self-raising’ – show real depth and intelligence. And, over the last year, the channel’s new drama series have all been truly exceptional – with one of them recognised earlier this evening.

Best of British: TV Programme or Series

Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor

The judges said

Momentous, extraordinary and had real power. Creating a new, powerful, emotional and moral dilemma within such a long-running show was a massive undertaking. There is nothing more British than this programme.

 

Best Factual TV Programme or Series

Educating Yorkshire

The judges were impressed by the ‘courageous and inspiring’ content of this show. Although it is a returning format, the standard of casting, storylining and editing – not to mention a brave new choice of location – delivered a step change from the first series.

 

Best TV Sitcom

The Wrong Mans

The judges said:

The programme itself was a genuinely risky undertaking, mixing dry sitcom with the crash-bang action of a thrilling Hollywood caper.

Not only did it create a ‘gripping story’, but it still managed to be full of jokes, with its lead actors clearly relishing their unlikely roles.

Best TV Drama

Line of Duty

The judges said:

This series took its genre forward with long – but gripping – interview scenes, and with a central performance that was nothing short of a masterclass in character acting.

Best Live TV Programme or Series

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

The judges said:

A standout in its category, it delivered a true variety of elements including performance and competition showing ‘extraordinary ambition, week after week, and made the most of its immediacy and connection with viewers at home’. It had so many aspects that are hard to pull off live, but delivered them with fantastic confidence and innovation.’ It was a ‘must see’ for every family, with a real surprise every Saturday’.

Best Children's TV Programme or Series

Katie Morag

The judges said

Beautifully and authentically shot, it was a key move by its host channel into scripted drama, delivering self contained stories that could have been twee - but which instead feel sweet and, more importantly, real to their young audience.

Best Digital Radio Channel

Absolute 80s

The judges said:

It’s done a fantastic job of engaging more deeply with its audience, through social media and with a powerful multiplatform strategy.

Full of innovation, this station has found ways of creating premium new content – and has worked hard to recruit exactly the right presenters

Best Specialist Channel

The Travel Channel

The judges said:

A 'standout channel', run by a talented team who have done a brilliant job - not only of rebranding, but also of reinvigorating its content using canny original commissions and famous faces. The result has been 'amazing growth' in its audience share.

Best News Channel

Radio 5 Live

The judges said

Radio 5 Live has strong presenters who know their audience and present with flair, authority and confidence. The editorial line is consistently strong and tackles uncomfortable issues well, creating a bond with the target audience. Breaking news is reported boldly and seamlessly – in short, this channel does a peerless job in news broadcasting.

 

Audience Award - Broadcast Personality of the Year

Ant & Dec

Audience Award - Best British TV Soap

Coronation Street (ITV)