Audio production skills were highlighted in the past fortnight at the BAFTA TV Craft Awards and the Sony Radio Awards, writes Kevin Hilton. London post-production houses Hackenbacker and Edit & Sound Works were recognised for their work in the BAFTAs, while the Sonys highlighted documentaries about dancing lessons, inherited facial hair and Kenny Everett's contribution to sound broadcasting. The sound team on ITV's big house drama Downton Abbey (pictured) won the Best Sound: Fiction category of the BAFTA TV Craft Awards. Those honoured were sound effects editor Adam Armitage, re-recording mixer Nigel Heath (in purple shirt), sound mixer Mark Holding and dialogue editor Alex Sawyer. Audio for the series was dubbed at Heath's Hackenbacker facility, which was also included in the nomination for the Channel 4 drama Any Human Heart. Also nominated were Mad Dogs (sound mixer Reg Mills and Adrian Rhodes and his team at Goldcrest), The Promise (dubbing mixer Stuart Hilliker) and South Riding (mixed at Boom by Paul Hamblin). The winner of the Best Sound: Factual Award was Elgar: The Man Behind the Mask, produced for BBC Four by Crux Productions and Prospect Pictures. Sound was mixed by senior dubbing mixer Jez Spencer at the Edit & Sound Store, who picked up the Award with sound mixer Paul Paragon and sound engineer Mike Hatch. In the Best Feature category of the Sony Radio Awards Katie Burningham's documentary Heel, Toe, Step Together (produced by Falling Tree Productions), about her dancing lessons with 86-year old instructor Bob Hill, picked up the Gold Award. The judges said it was, "An incredible piece of radio, compelling, innovative and touching. This feature found the epic in the everyday, uncovering the richness of ordinary lives. Speech radio at its very finest." The Silver Award went to the Radio 3 documentary Between the Ears: The Haunted Moustache, in which musician David Bramwell traced the history of the strange heirloom left to him by his Great Aunt Sylvia, while Wireless Kenny Everett won the Bronze Award (see feature). www.bafta.org/awards/television-craft/nominations,1081,BA.html
Sony Award recognises Everett's radio legacy
Kenny Everett was among the most innovative and influential presenters in British radio. Kevin Hilton talks to the makers of a Sony Award winning documentary that celebrates Everett's contribution to what he always called the "wireless" and how digital technology was used to restore and emulate original analogue material.