Acclaimed drama by Russell T Davies It’s a sin won TV Drama at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards at the Savoy Hotel in London.
The multi-award-winning miniseries follows a group of gay men and their friends as the HIV/AIDS crisis hits London in the 1980s.
The first episode aired in January last year, attracting an audience of 1.6 million, making it Channel 4’s biggest ever drama launch.
The series was nominated in 11 categories at this year’s British Academy Television Awards, but only won one, for director Peter Hoar.
Since its release, it has won 19 gongs from around the world, including last year’s National Television Awards.
The show has also been credited with sparking an upsurge in HIV testing.
It’s a sin ousted Time with Sean Bean and Stephen Graham and This will hurtbased on the bestselling memoir by Adam Kay.
The South Bank Sky Arts Awards, hosted by Melvyn Bragg, celebrate a wide range of artistic genres including dance, theatre, music, television and film
British rapper Little Simz has won the pop award for her fourth studio album Sometimes I could be introvertedwhich also won him a UK award earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Monica Ali won the literature prize for her novel Love marriagethe story of a young couple and their families from two different cultures trying to understand each other.
Nida Manzoor’s popular anarchic series We are lady parts won for comedy, and The Dante Projectchoreographed by Wayne McGregor for the Royal Ballet, won the Dance Prize.
This year’s recipient of the coveted Outstanding Achievement Award is Tamara Rojo.
Rojo, 48, was artistic director of English National Ballet from 2012 to 2022 and was recently named San Francisco Ballet’s first female artistic director.
Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her passionate advocacy of the arts, her advocacy for women in dance, and is credited with spearheading the transformation of English National Ballet during her tenure. .
The multiple Who passed, written, produced and directed by Rebecca Hall, won for the film.
The awards also celebrated emerging talent with the Times Breakthrough Award, which went to Liz Kingsman for her comedy. One Woman Showwritten and performed by Kingsman at the Soho Theatre.
Other winners included Michael Armitage: Edict of Paradise at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in the visual arts category, and the co-production of The Young Vic and Headlong best of enemies by James Graham, who won the drama award.
Opera North Rigoletto topped the opera category, while the classical music accolade went to Huw Watkins’ Symphony No. 2, performed by The Halle Orchestra.
The ceremony also saw performances by singer-songwriter Tom Odell, opera star Freddie de Tommaso and an orchestral performance by Chineke! – Europe’s first predominantly black and ethnically diverse orchestra.
Speaking of the awards, author and broadcaster Bragg, 82, said: “While so much around us seems to be getting worse, the arts in this country continue to go from strength to strength.
“The South Bank Sky Arts Awards have once again selected a range of brilliant artists from across the UK arts landscape, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy joining us to see them all in action.”
Sky Arts director Phil Edgar-Jones added: “After a difficult few years we can see the arts beginning to recover – incredible work has been produced since we started to emerge from Covid and we are proud to celebrate this with all the brilliant singers, dancers, actors, visual artists and writers that this country produces.
“We are committed to supporting the arts over the next few years, whatever life throws at us.”
The South Bank Sky Arts Awards will air on Sky Arts on July 13 at 10 p.m. and also on the Now streaming service.
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