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The 2013 BBC Audio Awards were presented at a ceremony hosted, for the second time, by actor David Tennant on January 27, 2013.

Once again the venue for the awards was the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House.

Music was provided by The Jazz Slayers who were also back again this year.

“It’s fantastic that the BBC is underlining its commitment to the unique genre of audio drama with these awards. 

The fact that millions of people listen every day says something about how special it is and this evening is a wonderful way to celebrate the many different talents, both well-known and those at the start of their careers, that go into creating the programmes.” - Alison Hindell, Head of Audio Drama, BBC

This tweet, from Justine Potter, producer of the nominated play Craven, refers to a remark David made in his introduction about his return as host. 

Maybe he could become known as that guy who does the audio drama awards.  This remark is a call back to a 2008 article in The Times where Sir Jonathan Miller called David "that man from Doctor Who."

Click here if you would like to read more about the article.
Best Audio Drama - Presenter Lenny Henry, seen here with David.

Nominees: Betrayal by Harold Pinter, produced by Gaynor Macfarlane, BBC Scotland for Radio 4 and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M Pirsig, dramatised by Peter Flannery, produced by Melanie Harris, Sparklab Productions for Radio 4

WINNER: On It by Tony Pitts, produced by Sally Harrison, Woolyback Productions for Radio 4

(Judges: Jane Anderson, Fiona Shaw, Ben Stephenson, Vanessa Thorpe)

Best Audio Drama (Series or Serial) - Presenter Patricia Cumper
Nominees: The Mumbai Chuzzlewits dramatised by Ayeesha Menon from Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens, produced by John Dryden, Goldhawk Essential Productions for Radio 4 and Pink Mist by Owen Sheers, produced by Tim Dee, BBC Bristol for Radio 4

WINNER: The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Boll, abridged by Helen Meller, produced by Polly Thomas, Somethin’ Else Productions for Radio 4


(Judges: Patricia Cumper, Will Gompertz, Lord Hall of Birkenhead)

Best Actor in an Audio Drama

Presenter - 
Penelope Wilton, pictured with David

Nominees: Henry Goodman in James Joyce’s Ulysses, dramatised by Robin Brooks, produced by Jeremy Mortimer, BBC Audio Drama for Radio 4 and Richard Johnson in Tennyson and Edison by David Pownall, produced by Peter Kavanagh, BBC   Audio Drama for Radio 3

WINNER: Andrew Scott in Betrayal by Harold Pinter, produced by Gaynor Macfarlane, BBC Scotland Drama for Radio 4

(Judges: Andrew Davies, Sarah Vine & Nina Wadia)

Best Actress in an Audio Drama

Presenter Stephen Tompkinson, seen here with David

Nominees: Lorraine Ashbourne in Seven Scenes by Nicola Baldwin, produced by Celia De Wolff, Pier Productions for Radio 3 and Fenella Woolgar in An American Rose by Charlotte Jones, produced by Claire Grove, BBC Audio Drama for Radio 4

WINNER: Michelle Fairley in The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, dramatised by Donna Franceschild, produced by Kirsty Williams, BBC Scotland for Radio 4

(Judges: Baz Bamigboye, Nick Kent, Stephen Tompkinson)

Best Supporting Actor in an Audio Drama - Presenter Maxine Peake

Nominees: David Crellin in Craven by Amelia Bullmore, produced by Justine Potter, Red Productions for Radio 4 and Carl Prekopp in Pilgrim by Sebastian Baczkiewicz, produced by Marc Beeby, BBC Audio Drama for Radio 4

WINNER: David Troughton in Singles and Doublets by Martyn Wade, produced by Cherry Cookson, Rocket House Productions for Radio 3

(Judges: Matt Hemley, Razia Iqbal, Imogen Stubbs)

Best Supporting Actress in an Audio Drama 

Presenter - Stephen Mangan

Nominees: Niamh Cusack in The Man with Wings by Rachel Joyce, produced by Gordon House, Goldhawk Essential Productions for Radio 4
Gillian Kearney in Songs and Lamentations by Michael Symmons Roberts, produced by Susan Roberts, BBC North for Radio 4

WINNER: Vicky McClure in Kicking the Air by Christine Murphy, produced by Heather Larmour, BBC Northern Ireland for Radio 4

(Judges: Daniel Evans, Louise Jury, Julie Myerson)
Best Adaptation from Another Source - Presenter Nick Dear

Nominees: The Mumbai Chuzzlewits by Charles Dickens, dramatised by Ayeesha Menon, produced by John Dryden, Goldhawk Essential Productions for Radio 4 and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance written by Robert M. Pirsig, dramatised by Peter Flannery, produced by Melanie Harris, Sparklab Productions for Radio 4

WINNER: A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, dramatised by Tanika Gupta, produced by Nadia Molinari, BBC North for Radio 3

(Judges: Sebastian Born, Alan Brodie, Susannah Clapp)

Best Use of Sound in an Audio Drama - Presenter - Sian Phillips

Nominees: The Chrysalids by John Wyndham, dramatised by Jane Rogers, produced by Nadia Molinari, BBC North for Radio 4 and Use it or Lose It by Peter Blegvad, produced by Iain Chambers, Falling Tree for Radio 3

WINNER: The Cruel Sea, written by Nicholas Monsarrat, dramatised by John Fletcher, produced by Marc Beeby, BBC Audio Drama for Radio 4

(Judges: Kevin Brew, John Hardy, Jane Thynne)

Best Scripted Comedy

Presenter -
Nicholas Parsons, on stage with David

Nominee's: Alice’s Wunderland by Alice Lowe, produced by Sam Bryant, BBC Radio Comedy for Radio 4 and I, Regress by Matt Berry, produced by Sam Bryant, BBC Radio Comedy for Radio 4

WINNER: Believe It! by Jon Canter, produced by Clive Brill, Pacificus Productions for Radio 4

(Judges: Hannah Begbie, Bruce Dessau, Christopher William Hill, Alexei Sayle)

Best Online Only Audio Drama - Presenter -  Joseph Millson

Nominees: The Minister of Chance by Dan Freeman, produced by Dan Freeman, Radio Static for and Varanasi by Silva Semerciyan, produced by Graham Pountney, Screentest Productions for 

WINNER: Above and Below written and produced by Daniel Macnaughton, for

(Judges: Viv Gardner, Sofie Mason, Stephen Wright)

The Imison and Tinnison Awards are presented in conjunction with The Writers Guild of Great Britain.

Click Here to see some of the pictures they shared of the event.

Nominees: The Takeover by Paul Sellar and The Day We Caught the Train by Nick Payne

WINNER: Do You Like Banana, Comrades? by Csaba Székely

The Imison Award is judged by members of the Society's Broadcasting Committee: Alison Joseph (Chair), Ruth Brandon, Lucy Caldwell, Christopher William Hill, Michelle Lipton, Karl Sabbagh, John Taylor, Colin Teevan, Jane Thynne and Elizabeth-Anne Wheal. 

The Tinniswood Award 2012 - Presenter Andrew Davies
Nominee's: Like Minded People by David Eldridge and Angarrack by Christopher William Hill

WINNER: Kafka the Musical by Murray Gold, pictured above - this is the play that David won his Best Actor Audio Award for in 2012

(Judges: Meg Davis, Jonathan Myerson and Tim Stimpson)


Sylvester was there because he is one of the cast members from the nominated online drama Minister of Chance, written, directed and produced by Dan Freeman. 

In fact some of the creativ talent behind the show came along with Dan and got a chance to meet
David, click here to see their photo's.


There were two major changes made to the award categories in 2013.  The Innovation Award has been dropped and there are now separate categories for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

There was also an increase in the number of submissions, 180 this year up from 150 in 2012.

“After the success of last year, I am very proud that BBC Radio will continue to host the awards for a second year. There is so much outstanding and innovative drama on radio, and it deserves to be recognised." -

Tim Davie, Director of BBC Audio & Music and acting Director General seen below with David
David Edgar, President of the Writers' Guild, says:

 "It was a privilege to give out the Imison and Tinniswood awards for radio drama as part of the BBC's Audio Drama Awards at Broadcasting House. Writing radio drama can be a lonely affair, and it was wonderful to be part of such a public celebration of one of the most enduring and effective forms of drama. It's terrific news that the BBC are bringing the awards back for another year."

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