BPG awards

When the Awards are handed out today in London, it is the stars and makers of 'The Night Manager' who will be stepping up on stage to take home their gong. Was it Tom Hiddleston's bottom what won it? Well, very possibly, but also the fact that its glamorous settings, charismatic villains and an enigmatic hero competed with anything the cinema has to offer...
After a year when it felt like a major global news story was happening every week - if not every day - it should come as no surprise that all of the nominees for Broadcasting Press Guild (BPG) Radio Broadcaster of the Year are fearless journalists.
BPG journalists write about television and the media and their knowledge of the medium and the message - whether that message is in fictional or factual form - is second to none. Like the Lady of Shallot, these guys know their onions.
We have a real mix of broadcasters in the running for our Broadcaster of the Year category, although all four of them are from the BBC.
The sceptics who forecast the death of TV in the internet age have been proven wrong. For proof, look no further than the winner of our best factual entertainment show, Gogglebox, a show about people watching people watching TV. It's what we love to do.
It's a golden age. A purple patch. A triumph of style and substance. Ring out the cliches, because UK telly drama is the cat's pyjamas right now. You don't need to be Sherlock to recognise the quality of the scripted stuff on our screens last year.
Veteran screen writer Andrew Davies has joined the chorus of stars speaking out against screen violence, asking... "Why is
It was Broadchurch wot won it. One programme has a habit of dominating the Broadcasting Press Guild awards in recent years. Last year it was Tom Stoppard's BBC2 adaptation, Parade's End; the year before that it was the same channel's Tom Hollander sitcom, Rev.
Rarely has the comedy and drama output of UK television been in such rude health, and I speak as someone who helped whittle down the longlists of 30 or so programmes in each category to a shortlist on which our members (made up of people who write about TV and radio) could vote.
Are there any good programmes on commercial radio? I know from my experience covering commercial radio over the last four years that the answer is, undoubtedly, yes. However, the BBC's generous licence-payer funding and freedom from - dare I say it - the pressure of advertisers means the commercial sector often falls up just short.
The Broadcasting Press Guild is Britain's professional association of journalists who write about TV and radio, and our awards are the biggest event in our annual calendar. The awards present a rare opportunity to the hacks who vote in them: the chance to be unstintingly nice about the programmes that we select.