This award (for fiction or other narrative drama, including docu-drama and online) recognises the very best in drama filmed in the region. From serial dramas to one-off specials and returning drama series, this category is open to any drama production where the majority was filmed in the North East and the Border region.
Judges have discretion to make a second award in this category to reflect the range of budgets and genres, and it was decided to present two awards, one for Long-form Drama, and one for Short-form.
Inspector George Gently, Company Pictures for BBC1
The Dumping Ground — 'Farvel', CBBC Productions
Vera — 'The Blanket Mire', ITV Studios
The Judges said:
We felt that 'Farvel' was an especially good episode, with a coherent narrative dealing well with complex diversity storyline issues. An excellent performance from Akuc Bol. 'The Blanket Mire' was set in good landscape and well shot — the coherent storyline was intelligent, more subtle and well placed.
But the 'Inspector George Gently' episode was outstanding — beautifully shot, with strong characterisation in a big and complex story, with excellent performances from the cast, especially Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby.