Broadcasting Press Guild hands out awards

LONDON — Veteran British talk show host David Frost was given a lifetime achievement award March 27 at the annual Broadcasting Press Guild (BPG) awards.

Frost, whose celebrated encounter with Richard Nixon was depicted in the recent Peter Morgan-scripted film, “Frost Nixon,” began his TV career more than 40 years ago as part of the British satire boom of the 1960s starring in the seminal “That Was The Week That Was.”

The BPG, who presented Frost with the Harvey Lee award celebrating outstanding achievement in television, said the movie served as a reminder of just how much Frost has brought to the television business.

“First as a presenter and interviewer, who managed to combine entertainment with hard-hitting exposés, and later interviewing any world leader who is anybody … and also as one of the founders of two ground-breaking commercial TV companies, London Weekend and TV-am.”

Other winners at the kudos event were rising star, the British thesp Andrea Riseborough, winner of best actress for her lead roles in the BBC’s “Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley” and Channel 4’s English Civil War saga “The Devil’s Whore.”

Emmy-award winning Kenneth Branagh scooped the best actor prize for his perf as a troubled Swedish detective in the three-part BBC1 drama “Wallander.”

The BPG award for best single documentary was won by the BBC’s Arena arts show “Phil Spector: the Agony and the Ecstasy.”

The BBC iPlayer, which gives U.K. online access to recent BBC shows, won the innovation award.

The BPG is an org repping U.K. TV critics and media scribes.

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