Rebecca Front and Stephen Dillane have won the lead acting prizes at this year’s BBC Audio Drama Awards.
Front and Dillane were named best actress and actor for their performances in Love in Recovery and Sea Longing respectively, seeing off competition from Lydia Wilson, Katherine Kelly, Sule Rimi and Stanley Townsend.
The annual awards, which celebrate audio drama and comedy broadcast on the BBC, also saw wins for the comedian Phil Wang, whose BBC 4 series Wangsplaining won the longform scripted comedy category, and the playwright Al Smith, who won best original series for Life Lines.
George Kent took home best debut performance, for A Kestrel for A Knave, while the Imison Audio Drama Award, which celebrates new writing, was given to Vicky Foster for Bathwater.
The award is presented in conjunction with the Society of Authors and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, which also partner on the Tinniswood Award, recognising the best original audio drama script of the year.
This was won by The Hartlepool Spy by comedy writer Ian Martin, whose other credits include The Thick of It and Veep.
Other winners included Alexei Sayle’s Imaginary Sandwich Bar and the cast and production team of The Amazing Maya Angelou, who won the outstanding achievement award for adapting the poet and civil rights activist’s memoirs for Radio 4.
Presented at the BBC Radio Theatre on February 2, the awards were hosted by Meera Syal, with presenters including Mark Bonnar and Ruth Jones.
Alison Hindell, Radio 4’s commissioning editor for drama and fiction, said: “Our winners may include both fictional and true-life tales, but what they have in common is the potent story telling that the medium of audio drama offers listeners. We’re thrilled once again to have the opportunity to celebrate the delights the industry has offered over the past year.”