Last night, the BBC held its first ever audio drama awards ceremony, which — as the name suggests — has been set up to honour the talents of writers, producers and directors working in audio drama, whether that be for a radio production or something produced online.
And the event, held at the BBC’s Broadcasting House in central London, had a lovely vibe to it — one that reminded me somewhat of the BAFTA Craft Awards, which are held every year to recognise the talents of those working behind the scenes on television dramas.
What I mean by this is that, unlike other awards, there didn’t seem to be any egos around. It wasn’t about stars and celebrities. It was — aside from the three acting awards — more about those people who actually make the shows. A true celebration of the genre.
It was a shame then that David Tennant, who hosted the awards and who won the prize for best actor, couldn’t bring himself to say a few words to The Stage about the importance of this event and its significance to the sector.
In my job, I hear regularly from people who feel radio drama often goes unnoticed - its writers, directors and actors all too often unsung.
So you would imagine that David, as presenter and winner, could at least have spared just a few moments at the party afterwards to share his thoughts and sing the praises of this new ceremony, which many people in radio have long called for.
You would think, perhaps, the BBC might have even asked him to do so as part of his duty as presenter. After all, it’s in the BBC’s interest to have its talent praising such initiatives in an effort to raise its profile.
To be fair to him, I didn’t hear what his excuse for not wanting to talk to The Stage was. A PR from the BBC approached him on my behalf and came back, apologetically, to say he would really rather not talk.
But I have to say I found this rather disappointing, and went against the spirit of the evening.
I said earlier there didn’t seem to be any egos around. Maybe I should take that back. Perhaps, just perhaps, there was the one.