Sky Arts nabs two BPA awards

Comedy 'Thick of It' wins three prizes

LONDON — U.K. paybox BSkyB has won two awards at the Broadcasting Press Awards, both for its Sky Arts channel.

Sky Arts nabbed the multichannel award for Sky Arts Theatre Live!, a series of live TV plays, and the innovation award for “its pioneering work in showcasing the best of the contemporary and classical arts, much of it in high definition.”

Given that the traditional British webs tend to dominate this kudos event, in which media journos and TV critics decide who gets the prizes, BSkyB’s triumph is all the sweeter.

Another big winner at the event, held at London’s Theater Royal, Drury Lane on Friday, was the BBC political satire “The Thick of It.”

One of its stars, Peter Capaldi, was named best actor for his performance as foul-mouthed government spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker.

Show’s creator Armando Iannucci and his writing team pocketed the writer’s award.

Skein also scooped the prize for comedy/entertainment show.

“The Thick of It” was the inspiration for the feature film “In the Loop.”

BBC4 drama “Enid,” starring Helena Bonham-Carter as British children’s author Enid Blyton, was voted best single drama.