Production to the fore at Sonys

The Sony Radio Academy Awards for 2013 have recognised the role of Production in the medium, as well as the achievements of journalists, presenters and general personalities.
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The Sony Radio Academy Awards for 2013 have recognised the role of Production in the medium, as well as the achievements of journalists, presenters and general personalities. Among the winners at the ceremony held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on Monday (13 May) were a wartime drama, a documentary about teenage abusive relationships and coverage of the conflict in Syria. The Drama Gold winner The Resistance of Mrs Brown, directed by Jonquil Panting, written by Ed Harris and starring Amanda Root in the title role (pictured left to right at the ceremony), imagined a Britain that had lost the war, where a tea lady working for the Nazi administration decides to join the fight against the invaders. It was produced by BBC Radio Drama London for BBC Radio 4, with technical presentation by studio managers Graham Harper, Peter Ringrose and Alison Craig. The judges commented: "Amanda Root's strong central performance, plus first-rate production values, contributed to making this serial a 'must listen'." The Drama Silver went to Donna Franceschild's dramatisation of John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath, produced by BBC Radio Scotland for BBC Radio 4, with technical work from studio managers Dave Steele, Ross Blackmore and Amir Mirza. The recipient of the Bronze Award was My Boy, a Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4 written by Laura Lomas and directed and produced by Polly Thomas. The play was recorded on location by sound designer Eloise Whitmore (see feature); the judges observed it was an "example of a radio drama which went way beyond the confines of studio-based fare". The Gold for Best Feature or Documentary went to Bruising Silence, a Just Radio production for BBC Radio 1 about teenagers in abusive relationships, while the top prize in the Best News Feature or Documentary category was won by coverage of the Bombardment of Homs, produced by BBC Radio Current Affairs for BBC World Service. The Best Use of Multiplatform Gold was awarded to Radio 1's Review Show, produced by Somethin' Else. The Judges observed: "Using all the tools they have at their disposal to make better-sounding radio, this entry was clearly designed for digital natives that know their music."


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