Peter Kay, Reggie Yates and Adele win big at the Edinburgh TV Festival
Comedian Peter Kay and presenter Reggie Yates have picked up some of the top awards at this year’s Edinburgh International TV Festival.
The winners of the prestigious gongs were announced today, presented by comedian, writer, presenter and actress Katherine Ryan in the first year to honour those from outside the UK as well as homegrown talent.
Peter came out on top in the new programme of the year category, where he won for Peter Kay’s Car Share, a sitcom set on four wheels as the employees of a supermarket, which his character assistant manages, share their journey to work.
Reggie, who has been taking on more hard-hitting presenting work since his career began in kids’ TV, was victorious in factual programme of the year for Reggie Yates’ Extreme Russia, a mini series that saw him travel around Russia investigating some of the more bizarre and controversial aspects of its culture.
In the talent schemes programme choice award, American Crime Story: The People Vs O.J. Simpson won, a dramatisation of the trial whose star-studded cast included Cuba Gooding Jr as Simpson and David Schwimmer as his lawyer, Robert Kardashian.
Adele picked up TV moment of the year for her rendition of a Nicki Minaj rap on James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke, while Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright got the outstanding achievement award and Channel 4 was named channel of the year.
Festival director Lisa Campbell said: “Congratulations to all of our winners, this year’s competition was tough, but it is testament to the quality of not only the series produced, but the people, their creativity, passion and determination that makes the decision so hard.
“We were also delighted to open up entries to our international counterparts in our New Programme of the Year category, and introduce Best International Co-production. Another great year in global TV, we look forward to the next.”
The festival, sponsored by YouTube and BT, runs from August 24 to 26 this year and offers two young talent schemes, Ones To Watch and The Network..
Here are the winners in full.
Edinburgh TV Awards Winners 2016
The C21Media Channel of the Year Award:
Production Company of the Year:
New Programme of the Year:
Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC One, Goodnight Vienna Productions)
Best International Co-Production:
The Last Panthers (Haut et Court TV and Warp Films)
Factual Programme of the Year sponsored by ITN Source:
Reggie Yates’ Extreme Russia (BBC Three, Sundog Pictures)
Outstanding Achievement Award:
British television writer and playwright Sally Wainwright
TV Moment of the Year:
(As voted for by delegates exclusively via the Festival app)
Adele rapping to Nicki Minaj’s verse on Kanye’s Monster on Carpool Karaoke
Talent Schemes Programme Choice Award
American Crime Story: The People Vs OJ Simpson â as voted for by the Talent Schemes Delegates
Random Acts Live Pitch Award
(Awarded by Channel 4 to one of the TV Festival’s Talent Schemes Delegates)