Nicholas Parsons honoured at Broadcasting Press Guild Awards

Friday 15th March 2019, 2:28pm

Nicholas Parsons has been honoured at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.

The Just A Minute host received the Harvey Lee Award for his outstanding contribution to broadcasting.

Parsons has entertained audiences for more than 70 years, including hosting over 900 episodes Radio 4 panel show Just A Minute. The format, in which he asks panellists to talk for 60 seconds without “repetition, hesitation and deviation”, is due to record its 84th series this April.

BPG chairman Jake Kanter said: “Our Harvey Lee Award winner is being recognised for seven decades of TV and radio entertainment, and in particular his contribution to one of the BBC’s longest-running programmes.

“Panellists have come and gone, the gamesmanship and gags have evolved, but Nicholas Parsons remains in the hot seat at the centre of it all.

“His warmth, sharp wit and clear-headed determinations in rooms full of fast-talking show offs have kept him at the top of his game.”

The winners of the BPG Awards are chosen solely by UK critics specialising in TV and radio. The results of the 45th annual BPG Awards were announced at a ceremony at Banking Hall in London today (15th March).

The other comedy-related winners were:

Best Comedy

Derry Girls. Image shows from L to R: Orla McCool (Louisa Harland), Erin Quinn (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), Clare Devlin (Nicola Coughlan), Michelle Mallon (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell), James Maguire (Dylan Llewellyn). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Derry Girls

The popular sitcom, which is currently broadcasting its second series on Channel 4, triumphed in a shortlist which also featured Car Share, Inside No. 9 and Women On The Verge.

Best Entertainment

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing. Image shows from L to R: Bob Mortimer, Paul Whitehouse. Copyright: Owl Power.

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer‘s gentle riverbank-set comedy was picked by judges out of a list which also featured Cruising With Jane McDonald, Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, Strictly Come Dancing and Taskmaster.

Best Podcast

Romesh Ranganathan.

Hip Hop Saved My Life – Romesh Ranganathan

Romesh Ranganathan‘s podcast was picked out in this category.

Elsewhere in the awards, Killing Eve, adapted by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, triumphed ahead of Black Mirror, People Just Do Nothing and This Country in the ‘Best Online First / Streaming’ category; the BBC show also won Best Drama and its star Jodie Comer won Best Actress. Meanwhile the drama Patrick Melrose was picked ahead of Taskmaster, Al Murray‘s Why Does Everyone Hate The English? and Women On The Verge in the ‘Best of Multichannel’ section. A Very English Scandal won Best Single Drama, with star Hugh Grant winning Best Actor.

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