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C21 Drama Awards winners revealed

Winners celebrate at the C21 Drama Awards

Winners celebrate at the C21 International Drama Awards

CONTENT LONDON: Netflix drug drama Narcos, Nordic hit The Bridge and German Cold War spy thriller Deutschland 83 were the big winners at the C21 International Drama Awards in London.

Narcos, from director Jose Padilha and US-based Gaumont International Television, scooped the coveted Editor’s Choice Award, while Wagner Moura, who played drug lord Pablo Escobar in the series, won the Best Male Performance category.

Deutschland 83, from FremantleMedia’s German prodco UFA Fiction and distributed by FremantleMedia International, took home the Best Non-English-Language Drama gong as well as Best Casting.

The Bridge, from Filmlance International for Denmark’s DR and Sweden’s SVT, won Best Returning Drama Series while Sofia Helin scooped Best Female Performance.

Among the other winners were How to Murder Your Wife (Best TV Movie), Wolf Hall (Best English-Language Drama) and Limitless (Best Fall Season Network Show).

The winners were announced at the glittering C21 International Drama Awards Show at BFI in London. In excess of 200 programmes were entered this year, with the finalists chosen from votes cast by 70 leading drama commissioners.

The winners of the inaugural C21 International Drama Series Script Competition in association with Entertainment One and Creative England were also announced.

123 King’s Road, from Lucy Wadham and Rosie Miles, was the winning project from the international pitch, while The Ladder, from Fraser Flintham, won the UK prize.

The two winning projects receive £10,000 development funding, time in a writers room on a current series and assistance in taking their drama project to series, with unprecedented access to the global television drama market.

The full list of drama award winners is as follows:


Produced by: Kudos in association with Matador Films
For: Channel 4 UK and AMC
Distributed by: Endemol Shine International
What happens when technology has advanced to the point where it begins to truly take over our lives, affecting our relationships? Humans is written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks: The Greater Good) and is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget is a Synth – a highly developed robotic servant.


dixiDixi Unchained
Produced by: Kindle Entertainment
Distributed by: Kindle Entertainment
Dixi Unchained is a follow-up to Dixi, a murder mystery about the hunt for the serial hacker of a social media site. Dixi Unchained plays with the teen horror genres and centres on characters who are haunted by a chain message that follows them offline and into a creepy forest.


HowToMurderYourWifeHow To Murder Your Wife
Produced by: Screentime NZ Film in association with NZ On Air’s Platinum Fund and TVNZ
Distributed by: DCD Rights
How To Murder Your Wife transforms a grisly true crime into a black comedy with a distinctly New Zealand slant to it. It’s a universal tale in which every character surprises and each new step is unexpected and unpredictable.


Deutschland83Deutschland 83
Produced by: UFA Fiction
For: RTL Germany
Distributed by: FremantleMedia International
Spy thriller Deutschland 83 is a suspenseful coming-of-age story set against the real culture wars and political events of Germany in the 1980s. The series was the first German-language drama to air in the US on SundanceTV and continues to travel worldwide.


The BridgeThe Bridge
Produced by: Filmlance International
For: DR1, SVT1
Distributed by: ZDF Enterprises
When a body is found on a bridge that links two countries, two detectives work together to take down a serial killer operating on both sides of the border. The Bridge is a Peabody award-winning crime thriller from Endemol Shine’s Filmlance International.


TheBookofNegroesThe Book of Negroes
Produced by: Conquering Lion Pictures, Entertainment One and Out of Africa Entertainment
Distributed by: Entertainment One
A universal story of loss, courage and triumph, The Book of Negroes recounts the journey of Aminata Diallo, an indomitable African woman sold into slavery who navigates the outbreak of the American Revolution and takes refuge in Nova Scotia before securing her freedom in England.


Narcos_WagnerMouraWagner Moura (Narcos)
Produced by: Gaumont Television
For: Netflix
Distributed by: Gaumont Television
Wagner Moura plays Pablo Escobar in Narcos, which looks at the fight to take down the drugs kingpin. Moura’s performance is critical to Narcos’ success, as it follows everyone involved in the struggle, from the Colombian government to DEA agents, police and US officials.


The Bridge-Bron_Sofia_HelinSofia Helin (The Bridge)
Produced by: Filmlance International
For: DR1, SVT1
Distributed by: ZDF Enterprises
The same strong creative team is back with a third season of this award-winning series.


Wolf_HallWolf Hall
Produced by: Company Pictures and Playground Entertainment
For: BBC2
Distributed by: BBC Worldwide
Wolf Hall became BBC2’s most popular drama, averaging 4.4 million viewers a week and a 15.8% audience share. After immense prior scrutiny given the success of the novels, the programme aired to near universal acclaim.


Deutschland 83Deutschland83
Produced by: UFA Fiction
For: RTL Germany
Distributed by: FremantleMedia International
Deutschland 83 has been picked up by 20 broadcasters worldwide. The eight-parter was created by Anna Winger and Joerg Winger and reveals the experiences of Germans from both sides of the Berlin Wall during the peak of Cold War tensions. The series was hailed as ‘more exciting that pumped-up American inventions’ by the New York Times.


Produced by: CBS Television Studios
Distributed by: CBS
Picking up where the feature film left off, Limitless follows Brian Finch (Jake McDorman) as he discovers the power of the brain-boosting drug NZT. From executive producer Bradley Cooper, the fast-paced drama explores what happens when there are no limits to man’s potential.


Narcos Narcos
Produced by: Gaumont Television
Distributed by: Gaumont Television
For: Netflix
From filmmaker Jose Padilha (Elite Squad, Robocop) comes an inside look at the men who would stop at nothing to take down Pablo Escobar. Narcos is an unfiltered look at the war that changed the drug trade forever.


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