Drama

Awarded to a single drama or drama series transmitted on TV, radio or online. 

Winner: Overshadowed

Rollem Productions, BBC Three

Based on Eva O’Connor’s award-winning play, Overshadowed tells the story of a young Irish vlogger, Imogene, whose life spirals out of control when she meets the monster of anorexia personified. Eva draws on her own experience with eating disorders, and cleverly disguises Imogene’s anorexia as her new best friend Anna. The show gives insight and hope to those living with eating disorders.

Shortlisted entries

The Boy with the Topknot

Kudos, BBC Two

Sathnam is a second generation Indian growing up in Wolverhampton, trying to juggle his family, love-life and career. He discovers a family secret, that his father has schizophrenia, which turns his world upside down and forces him to reevaluate his priorities and choices.

Based on the critically acclaimed memoir The Boy with the Topknot by journalist Sathnam Sanghera, the show explores the sensitive subject of schizophrenia with courage and honesty.

Flowers

Sister Pictures, Channel 4

Flowers unfurls for a second series where we see Maurice, played by Julian Barratt, who has previously struggled with depression, now on medication and seemingly in a better place. The second series follows his daughter Amy Flowers as she experiences bipolar disorder and shines a light on how mental illness can filter down through generations of a family.

Killed by My Debt

BBC Three

Killed by My Debt follows popular 19-year-old Jerome as he gets his first job and finally can finally get what he’s been wishing for – a motorbike. As time goes by, Jerome ends up crushed under the weight of poverty, debt and a shockingly unregulated bailiff industry. Under the unbearable pressure of his spiralling debt, Jerome takes his own life.

The Effect

BBC Radio 3

The BBC Radio’s drama follows Connie and Tristan’s love story as they take part in a drugs trial for a new antidepressant. The trial is being run by two doctors – ambitious Toby and his ex-lover Lorna, who has depression but will not take medication. As the show continues, the lovers question how much of what they feel is real and how much is to do with the new chemicals racing round their brains.

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