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Friday, 28 March 2014

Sherlock and Line of Duty up for Freesat Award

Freesat, the subscription free TV service, announced today the channels and programmes that have been shortlisted for the Freesat Free TV Awards 2014.

Freesat offers over 200 TV, radio and interactive channels and with more entries than ever before, the 2014 Awards sees 50 shortlisted entries competing across ten categories, which includes one new category for 2014, Best TV Drama.

Now in its sixth year, the Freesat Free TV Awards showcase and celebrate all that's great about Free TV in the UK. Returning categories from 2013 include Freesat Channel of the Year, Best Children's TV Programme or Series and Best News Channel. Winners will be chosen by an expert panel of broadcasting industry executives and television commentators www.freesat.co.uk/awards/judges.

Chair of the judging panel Neil Midgley said: “This year has been the Freesats' biggest and best ever field of entries, across categories ranging from Children’s TV to factual to sitcom. The result is a cracking set of shortlists, reflecting a truly vintage year for free-to-air television in the UK.

Everyone is gripped by their favourite TV dramas – and this year the Freesat Free TV Awards will celebrate the very best with a new category, dedicated solely to British drama. BBC Two's cult hits The Fall and Line of Duty square up against BBC One's ratings champion Sherlock, with ITV's Lucan and Channel 4's Black Mirror completing a tightly competitive shortlist.”

 British viewers also have their chance to decide the winners of the Best British TV Soap and Freesat Broadcast Personality of the Year Awards, with online audience voting now open at:www.freesat.co.uk/awards

Freesat Free TV Awards 2014 Shortlist:

Freesat Channel of the Year
Channel 4
Channel 5

Best of British: TV Programme or series
Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor - BBC One
Sherlock – BBC One
Strictly Come Dancing – BBC one
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – ITV
Downton Abbey – ITV

Best Factual TV Programme or Series
Sincerely F Scott Fitzgerald: A Culture Show Special – BBC Two
Benefits Street – Channel 4
Educating Yorkshire – Channel 4
The Murder Trial – Channel 4
Gogglebox – Channel 4

Best TV Sitcom
Mrs. Brown’s boys – BBC One
Inside No 9 – BBC Two
The Wrong Mans – BBC Two
Birds of a Feather – ITV
Toast of London – Channel 4

Best TV Drama
Sherlock – BBC One
Line of Duty – BBC Two
The Fall – BBC Two
Lucan – ITV
Black Mirror: Be Right Back – Channel 4

Best Live TV Programme
Strictly Come Dancing – BBC One
The Winter Olympics – BBC Two
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – ITV
This Morning – ITV
Celebrity Big Brother – Channel 5

Best Children’s TV Programme or Series
1. Strange Hill High - CBBC
2. The Dumping Ground - CBBC
3. Katie Morag - CBeebies
4. Topsy and Tim - CBeebies
5. Fort Boyard  - CITV

Best Digital Radio Channel
5 Live sports extra
Absolute 80s
BBC Radio 6 Music
BBC World Service
BBC Radio 1Xtra

Best Specialist Channel
CBS Reality
Food Network
Travel Channel

Best News Channel
Al Jazeera
BBC News
Radio 5 Live
Sky News

All winners will be announced at the Freesat Awards ceremony, held in Central London on Tuesday 17th June, with a VIP audience of celebrities, media and broadcasters.

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