Nominations for The South Bank Show Awards/ The Times Breakthrough Award

Nominations for The South Bank Show Awards/ The Times Breakthrough Award

On Tuesday 23rd January 2007, Melvyn Bragg will be hosting the 11th annual SOUTH BANK SHOW AWARDS at the Savoy Hotel, honouring the UK’s most creative and popular artists in front of a star-studded audience. This year’s event will see the return of The South Bank Show Awards/The Times Breakthrough Award which recognises rising British talent. Together with The Times critics, THE SOUTH BANK SHOW AWARDS have short listed one breakthrough nominee for each of the ten award categories. The winner will be chosen by a public vote organised through The Times, to be announced on the day of the awards. This year’s nominees include Connie Fisher for Theatre, Rafi Gavron for Film, David Oyelowo for TV Drama, Simon Amstell for Comedy and Archie Bronson Outfit for Pop.

THE SOUTH BANK SHOW AWARDS, originated by series editor and presenter Melvyn Bragg, are unique in that they span the whole range of arts in Britain. There are ten categories: Theatre, Film, Dance, Classical Music, Pop Music, Opera, Literature, Comedy, Visual Arts and TV Drama, as well as The Arts Council England – decibel Award and Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. The South Bank Show Awards/The Times Breakthrough Award was introduced in 2005 with the likes of Razorlight and James McAvoy nominated. The film director Amma Asante was voted the eventual winner and went on to scoop a BAFTA for her debut film, ‘A Way of Life’. The 2006 awards saw a new crop of rising stars battling it out for the Breakthrough Award including the director Joe Wright and rapper M.I.A.. Billie Piper, riding on the back of her success in the new ‘Doctor Who’ series, was crowned the winner on the day.

Melvyn Bragg on the nominations; “The South Bank Show Awards/The Times Breakthrough Award has been a terrific success. The awards go to British artists across the spectrum who have achieved great things in the year. This award brings to a wide public the best of new young talent in the country many of whom, young as they are, are already out there making what could well be great and deserved reputations.”

This year’s nominations reflect the wealth of talent across the arts that have come to the fore over the last year. David Oyelowo starred in the controversial BBC Two drama ‘Shoot the Messenger’; Rafi Gavron was singled out by critics for his role in the film ‘Breaking and Entering’; Connie Fisher stormed to victory in BBC One’s ‘How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?’ and went on to critical acclaim in ‘The Sound of Music’; Archie Bronson Outfit, a 3-piece group from Wiltshire made an impact with their album ‘Derdang Derdang’; TV presenter and former host of ‘Popworld’ (C4) Simon Amstell, returned to his comedy roots in 2006 with a successful debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as the new host of ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ (BBC Two); and Scottish author Jane Harris made a stunning debut with her novel ‘The Observations’.

Alex O’Connell, Arts Editor of The Times adds; “This year’s nominees are a cultural bumper crop and The Times is delighted to be associated with an award which champions the rising stars of arts and entertainment.”

THE SOUTH BANK SHOW AWARDS will be transmitted on Sunday 28th January 2007 on ITV1. The full list of nominations for all ten main categories plus the Arts Council England – decibel award will be announced in early January.

Region: All
Venue: The Savoy
Venue Address: Strand, London
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