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Cruising With Jane McDonald - Winner's Acceptance Speech, Features, Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards in 2018

13 May 2018

Winners' acceptance speech on behalf of the production team for Cruising with Jane McDonald in the Features category

JANE MCDONALD: I have even had this written for me because I thought there's no way we're winning that.  Wow.  It even says "wow" on here.

Wow.  Thanks to the British Academy and congratulations to the other nominees.  It's very humbling to have won but I feel we're all winners.  Every one of us in here are winners tonight, aren't we?  My heart is going so fast.  I can't believe it. Thank you also to all our wonderful viewers who watch it and have made this show such a hit.  I thank you and I'm so grateful.

Firstly, I would like to thank Channel 5 ‑ Channel 5, you go ‑ for commissioning this series.  Ben Frow and Greg Barnett.  It was your vision and your support that made this all a reality, and this award is a testament to your channel's evolution and I'm proud to be a part of this, I really am.

I started this amazing journey with a fantastic team.  Fi Cotter Craig, Jon Cowen, James Peters and Beren Money.  Thank you so, so much. 

But the adventure continues with a fabulous new team as well, Mark Powell, Tim Marckwald, Ray Eastman, David Kirkham, Chris Agathangelou.  Thank you, Chris.  What would we do without you?  And Jeff Anderson. Special thanks also go to Darren Lily, Ian Chisholm, Sue Ravey and the amazing John Dixon.  Great music, John, thank you.

This is a great achievement for Elephant House Studios, and thanks to Joe McClusky, Maureen McPhee, my agent, Craig Latto.  Thanks for your patience.

Finally, I would just like to say a big thank you to the man without whom none of this would be possible, and that's my wonderful partner, Ed, who just sees the back of my head going, "I'm off on my holidays again, see you when I get back."Mum, look what I'm bringing home.  It's so lovely. 

Thank you, BAFTA.  Thank you so much.  Thank you.

FI COTTER CRAIG: I've got six seconds left. 

I want to say thank you so much to Ben Frow, because he basically put this ship on the water, and thank you, Ben. I can't believe that this has happened, and John and I are both shaking.  There were a few other people involved, as Jane said, but truly, this is the star of the show.  She's absolutely wonderful.  Thank you.

JANE MCDONALD: Oh, stop.  Thank you.