Netflix’s Black Mirror bagged a prize at the 2018 Broadcast Awards this week, on a night dominated by the BBC.
The dystopian anthology series, which Netflix poached from Channel 4, was crowned Best Single Drama for its episode San Junipero – a rare positive story from the pen of Charlie Brooker (read our review here). The streaming giant didn’t win any other awards on the night, despite being in content for Best Drama (The Crown) and Best Children’s Programme (Free Rein).
Amazon was not nominated in any category, although Channel 4’s Catastrophe, which it has acquired as an Amazon Original in the US, was named Best Comedy Programme.
Channel 4’s other wins included Extreme Cakemakers as Best Daytime Programme, Four To The Floor (Best Music), Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds (Best Original), and the coveted Best Soap award, which went to Hollyoaks. ITV’s reality series Love Island was named Best Multichannel Programme, while Dave’s Taskmaster – one of our top TV shows of 2017 – was named Best Entertainment Programme.
The rest of the haul belonged to the BBC, from Horrible Histories (Best Children’s Programme) and The Death of Jo Cox (Best News & Current Affairs) to Who Do You Think You Are’s Danny Dyer episode (Best Popular Factual Programme) and Three Girls, which beat The Crown to become Best Drama. David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II was named Bet Documentary Series, while Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad won Best Documentary Programme. And, to cap it off, BBC One also won Channel of the Year.
On a night dedicated to the best of British, though, Netflix’s investment in UK production did pay off, with The Crown’s Left Bank Pictures winning Best Independent Production Company.