Getting On and Mark Steel amongst Writers Guild winners

Monday 22nd November 2010, 2:00am by Ian Wolf


Getting On. Image shows from L to R: Sister Den Flixter (Joanna Scanlan), Nurse Kim Wilde (Jo Brand), Doctor Pippa Moore (Vicki Pepperdine). Copyright: Vera Productions.Comedy drama Getting On, Radio 4 stand-up show Mark Steel's In Town and animated comedy Shaun The Sheep have won their categories in the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards 2010
The Guild awards, dating from 1961, are described as "cherished accolades", as they are the only awards in which writers are honoured by their peers.

BBC Four's medical comedy drama Getting On, written by and starring by Jo Brand, Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan (pictured) won the writing award for "Best Television Comedy / Light Entertainment", beating sitcoms The Thick Of It and Peep Show to the title.

Mark Steel's In Town - a radio stand-up show in which comedian Mark Steel performed in a different town in each episode, which was written by Steel with Pete Sinclair - won the "Best Radio Comedy / Light Entertainment" category, defeating Radio 4 sitcoms Party by Tom Basden and Cabin Pressure by John Finnemore.

Meanwhile Wallace & Gromit spin-off Shaun The Sheep won the writing award for "Best Children's Television Drama / Comedy", with the team-written Horrible Histories and Tracy Beaker Returns being the other nominations in that category.

Elsewhere, the script for Chris Morris's satirical comedy film Four Lions lost out to Kick-Ass for the award of 'Best Original Screenplay'.

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