Doctor Foster Takes South Bank Award For Best Drama

Winners of the 20th South Bank Sky Arts Awards were announced at a star-studded ceremony at London’s Savoy Hotel on 5th June, during which Eddie Izzard was presented with the Outstanding Achievement award.

Best Drama, Doctor Foster, starring BAFTA winner Suranne Jones, continued its remarkable run of success, marking a second consecutive win for writer Mike Bartlett, who won in 2015 for his play King Charles III.

Meanwhile, Andrew Haigh’s bitter sweet love story 45 Years, starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, beat competition from Brooklyn and Ex Machina to win Best Film.

Winners were presented with a unique serpentine award designed by artist Polly Morgan to reflect the creativity the Awards have championed over the past 20 years.

Phil Edgar Jones, Director of Sky Arts, said: “Once again the range of creative talent on show at this year’s South Bank Sky Arts Awards demonstrates the Arts are in rude health in the UK. We are delighted to be able to recognise a broad range of incredibly imaginative and talented people.”

The 2016 South Bank Sky Arts Awards ceremony will be broadcast on Sky Arts on Wednesday 8th June.

The winners are…

TV DRAMA
• Wolf Hall, BBC Two
• Humans, Channel 4
Doctor Foster, BBC One

FILM
• Ex Machina
45 Years
• Brooklyn

CLASSICAL MUSIC
• Stephen Hough. International Piano Series: Debussy and Chopin. Royal Festival Hall
• City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Andris Nelsons’ Farewell Concert. Symphony Hall
Mark Simpson. The Immortal

LITERATURE
• The Wolf Border, Sarah Hall
The Year of the Runaways, Sunjeev Sahota
• The Past, Tessa Hadley

THEATRE
• Oresteia, Almeida Theatre
• People, Places & Things, National Theatre and Headlong
Hangmen, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre

POP
Benjamin Clementine, At Least for Now
• Years &Years, Communion
• Sleaford Mods, Key Markets

COMEDY
Catastrophe, Channel 4
• Peter Kay’s Car Share, BBC One
• Chewing Gum, E4

OPERA
• Krol Roger, Royal Opera House
• Saul, Glyndebourne
Force of Destiny, English National Opera

VISUAL ART
• Cornelia Parker: Magna Carta (An Embroidery), The British Library
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Verses After Dusk, Serpentine Gallery
• Banksy: Dismaland Bemusement Park

DANCE
• Woolf Works, The Royal Ballet
1984, Northern Ballet
• Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me), Lost Dog