Who were the heroes working behind the camera in 2008? Read on for a closer look at the winners of the Television Craft Awards 2008.
Channel 4’s powerful drama Boy A claimed a hat-trick of wins as a packed audience from the world of TV and online production gathered at The Dorchester in London to honour the very best in Television Craft.
The night’s big winner Boy A brought victory to John Crowley in the Director Fiction/Entertainment category, to Lucia Zucchetti for Editing Fiction/Entertainment and to Rob Hardy for Photography & Lighting Fiction/Entertainment.
BBC One’s acclaimed period drama Cranford notched up two wins; one in the Sound Fiction/Entertainment category and one for Donal Woods for his impeccable recreation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s 19th century Cheshire town in Production Design.
A night of Drama
Hosted by Claudia Winkleman, this year’s glittering ceremony brought three further wins for costume dramas. Morna Ferguson and Lorraine Glynn collected the Make Up & Hair Design Award for their work on My Boy Jack, while Amy Roberts won the Costume Design category for Oliver Twist and Capturing Mary brought BAFTA glory to Adrian Johnston for his Original Television Music.
In the Factual arena, China’s Stolen Children added another two BAFTAs to its win at this year’s Television Awards, with Jezza Neumann collecting Awards in the Director Factual and Break-through Talent categories for almost single-handedly directing, editing, filming and sound-recording his brave undercover investigation into the theft of children, a by-product of China’s one child policy.
The Editing Factual Award went to Folko Boermans for Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives which followed the lead singer of US rock band Eels on his journey of discovery across America. Photography Factual was won by Wayne Derrick for Tribe (Nenets) and War Oratorio - exploring the horror and pity of conflict through song, music and stark documentary footage - was victorious in the Sound Factual category.
To reflect the growth of online programming and audiences the Academy added two new Interactive categories to this year’s list. In the hotly contested categories Interactive Creative Contribution was won by Skins, Interactive Innovation - Content went to Spooks Interactive (adding a second BAFTA to its Interactivity victory at the Television Awards), while the BBC’s iplayer collected the Award for Interactive Innovation – Service/Platform.
In the evening’s other Awards Steven Moffat claimed victory in the Writer category for the ever-popular Dr Who. Tal Rosner won Titles for his creative work on Skins and Fight For Life saw Jellyfish Pictures triumph in the Visual Effects category.
The final Award of the evening – The Special Award, presented for outstanding contribution to Television Craft - honoured writing duo David Croft and Jimmy Perry whose slate of work is testament to their extraordinary creative talents. Their long-list of credits include such comedy classics as Dad’s Army, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum and Hi-de-Hi!
Find out more: Croft & Perry - Special Award Recipients in 2008