Victoria Wood awarded top Writers’ Guild honour
Summary of story from BBC News, November 17, 2011
Victoria Wood has won the top accolade for a TV writer at the UK’s Writers’ Guild Awards.
She is the first woman to have won the top prize at the awards, which celebrates the best writing across genres as diverse as TV, radio, film, literature and videogames.
The 58-year-old was recognised for her outstanding contribution to writing, which includes comedies Dinnerladies, Acorn Antiques and Pat and Margaret.
Peter Bowker won the short-form drama award for Eric & Ernie – the story of the early careers of British TV stars Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, which also came from an original idea by Wood.
Casualty episode Place of Safety won ‘best continuing TV drama’ for Dana Fainaru, and Lisa Evans won the prize for best play for children and young people for The Day the Waters Came.
The Writers’ Guild is the trade union representing writers in TV, theatre, film, radio, videogames and books.