• Chernobyl wins Best Drama Series and Best Writer awards
  • The Virtues scoops Best Mini Series with actor Stephen Graham winning Best Actor
  • BPG Awards, presented today, selected by TV and film writers

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The Virtues: Stephen Graham won BPG award for best actor

Chernobyl and The Virtues were honoured in the drama categories of the BPG Awards, which were presented today at a ceremony in London.

HBO/Sky Atlantic production Chernobyl picked up the Best Drama Series award, while Channel 4’s The Virtues scooped the Best Single Drama/Mini-series award.

The BPG (Broadcasting Press Guild) Awards are given for work commissioned or premiered in the UK and screened in 2019 and are selected independently by BPG members, including TV and radio correspondents, critics and previewers.

Star of The Virtues Stephen Graham won the BPG award for best actor for his performances in the Channel 4 mini-series, as well as his performances in Line of Duty and A Christmas Carol.

Glenda Jackson was named best actress for her first screen appearance in 27 years in the BBC1’s Elizabeth Is Missing.

Film and television director Michael Apted was awarded the BPG Jury Prize, for the Up series which began in 1964 as Seven Up - a profile of 14 seven-year-old children for the current affairs series World In Action. As a young researcher, Apted was involved in selecting the children and over the past 56 years, the series has become an institution, revisiting the subjects every seven years, with Apted directing every series from two to nine.

The full list of BPG TV and Radio Awards winners:

Best Single Drama/Mini-series

The Virtues

Warp Films for Channel 4

Best Drama Series


A Sister, Mighty Mint and Word Games production in association with HBO for Sky Atlantic

Best Single Documentary

For Sama

A Channel 4 News & ITN Productions Feature Documentary for Channel 4 and PBS Frontline

Best Documentary Series

Thatcher: A Very British Revolution

BBC Studios for BBC Two

Best Entertainment

The Graham Norton Show

So Television for BBC One

Best Comedy

Fleabag, Series 2

Two Brothers Pictures Ltd for BBC Three and Amazon Prime Video

Audio Broadcaster of the Year

Samira Ahmed

Front Row, BBC Radio 4, and How I Found My Voice, an Intelligence Squared/Acast podcast

Radio Programme of the Year

Hooked: The Unexpected Addicts

A BBC Radio 5 Live production

Podcast of the Year

Have You Heard George’s Podcast?

George the Poet for BBC Sounds

Best Actor

Stephen Graham for The Virtues (Channel 4), Line of Duty, Series 5 (BBC1) and A Christmas Carol (BBC1)

Best Actress

Glenda Jackson for Elizabeth Is Missing (BBC1)

Best Writer

Craig Mazin for Chernobyl (Sky Atlantic)

Breakthrough Award

Ncuti Gatwa for Sex Education (Netflix)

BPG Jury Prize

Michael Apted for the Up series

A Granada TV / MultiStory Media production for ITV

Harvey Lee Award

Moira Stuart OBE

Newsreader and presenter, for five decades of outstanding broadcasting