News: Writers' Guild Awards – Shortlist Announced

Inside No 9 has been shortlisted for a Writers' Guild Award. The episode entitled The Bill, written by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, is shortlisted in the Best TV Situation Comedy alongside This Country (Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper) and Back (Simon Blackwell).

In other categories Sarah Kendall, John Finnemore and Kevin Eldon, Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris are up for Best Radio Comedy and Marek Larwood, Gabriel Bisset-Smith and duo Barney Fishwick and Will Hislop are shortlisted for the new category of Best Online Comedy.

The winners will be revealed on Monday, 15 January 2018 at the Royal College of Physicians in central London.

According to the British Comedy Guide, the fourth series of Inside No 9 is due to start on January 2, although this has not been confirmed by the BBC.

Full Writers' Guild Awards Shortlist Below.

The shortlist in 14 categories follows (in addition, a special award for outstanding contribution to writing is presented at the ceremony every year):

Best Long Form TV Drama
Bang, Episode 1 (Roger Williams), Line of Duty, Series 4 (Jed Mercurio), Taboo (Chips Hardy, Steven Knight, Ben Hervey and Emily Ballou)

Best Short Form TV Drama
Three Girls (Nicole Taylor), Waiting for Andre (Neil Forsyth), The Witness for the Prosecution (Sarah Phelps)

Best Long Running TV Series
Coronation Street, Episode 9251 (Damon Alexis-Rochefort), Emmerdale, Episode 7699 “Inside the Mind of Dementia” (Maxine Alderton), Holby City, Series 19, Episode 2 “Rocket Man” (Peter Mattessi)

Best TV Situation Comedy
This Country (Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper), Back (Simon Blackwell), Inside No. 9 “The Bill” (Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith)

Best Children’s TV Episode
Counterfeit Cat “Room of Panic” (Tim Bain), Counterfeit Cat “Sardonians of the Galaxy” (Ciaran Murtagh and Andrew Jones), The Worst Witch “The Mists of Time” (Nick Leather)

Best Radio Drama
Romance Is Dead (Ben Lewis), The Things We Never Said (Ming Ho), Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola, Season 3, Money “Reap” (Lavinia Murray)

Best Radio Comedy
Sarah Kendall: Australian Trilogy “A Day In October” (Sarah Kendall), John Finnemore’s Double Acts, Series 2, Episode 4 “Penguin Diplomacy” (John Finnemore), Kevin Eldon Will See You Now, Series 3, Episode 1 “Tarquin and the Tiny Studio” (Kevin Eldon, Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris)

Best Writing in a Video Game
Battlefield 1 (Steven Hall, Zachary Betka, Mark Bristol, Matt Gibbs, Justin Villiers, Andrew Robertshaw and Steven Bigras), Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Tameem Antoniades), Subsurface Circular (Mike Bithell)

Best Screenplay
Miss Sloane (Jonathan Perera), Their Finest (Gaby Chiappe), The Olive Tree (Paul Laverty)

Best First Screenplay
God’s Own Country (Francis Lee), Jawbone (Johnny Harris), Under the Shadow (Babak Anvari)

Best Play
Barber Shop Chronicles (Inua Ellams), The Children (Lucy Kirkwood), The Ferryman (Jez Butterworth)

Best Play for Young Audiences
How To Be A Kid (Sarah McDonald-Hughes), The Host (Nessah Muthy), The Messenger (Mike Kenny)

Best First Novel
Towards Mellbreak (Marie Elsa-Bragg), Montpelier Parade (Karl Geary), The Bureau of Second Chances (Sheena Kalayil)

Best Online Comedy
Showreel for One Word or Less Parts (Marek Larwood), Meet the city boys secretly voting for Corbyn! (Gabriel Bisset-Smith), A Hard Brexit (Barney Fishwick and Will Hislop)

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