BBC AMERICA WINS TWO GEORGE FOSTER PEABODY AWARDS
Orphan Black and Broadchurch Take Home Prestigious Honors
BBC World News America Also Wins for Inside Syria's War
New York - April 2, 2014 - Announced today, BBC AMERICA earned two George Foster Peabody Awards for critically acclaimed series, Orphan Black and Broadchurch. BBC AMERICA took home the most wins for a basic cable network.
"The George Foster Peabody Award is a true marker of excellence in media. It is an honor to have two series that we are particularly proud of considered worthy of this level of recognition," commented Perry Simon, GM, BBC AMERICA. "Thank you to the Peabody board and congratulations to all award recipients."
BBC AMERICA's original series, Orphan Black was hailed by the awards as "one of a kind - a super-charged, stylized sci-fi action serial that ponders identity, humanity, bioethics and genetic research when it occasionally stops for breath. Tatiana Maslany is a marvel in the title role." Season Two of Orphan Black premieres on Saturday, April 19, 9:00pm ET on BBC AMERICA.
The George Foster Peabody Awards lauded Broadchurch as an "intricately crafted, emotionally rich, endlessly surprising mystery series." Broadchurch was BBC AMERICA's highest rated drama of 2013 and stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman.
The BBC's 24 hour news channel BBC World News was awarded a Peabody for its coverage of the conflict in Syria on its U.S. newscast BBC World News America. BBC correspondents including Lyse Doucet, Paul Wood, Ian Pannell and Jeremy Bowen offered compelling reports from the ground and the judges cited that "the consistent, up-close coverage of Syria's civil war and its human toll by BBC World News journalists had no equal in 2013."
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About Orphan Black
Season two of BBC AMERICA's dramatic conspiracy thriller, Orphan Black, hits the ground running with Sarah (Golden Globe(R) nominee Tatiana Maslany, Parks and Recreation) in a desperate race to find her missing daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler, Carrie) - a wild pursuit that brings her head-to-head with ruthless pro-clone, Rachel (Maslany). This season also rejoins Sarah's clone sisters Alison (Maslany) and Cosima (Maslany) as they struggle to keep their clone world a secret and pick up the pieces of their broken lives - all while dealing with the harsh reality that no one around them can be trusted. Orphan Black returns Saturday, April 19, 9:00pm ET/PT.
For her performance in season one, Tatiana Maslany has earned a Critics' Choice Award, a Television Critics Association Award, a Young Hollywood Award and a Golden Globe (R) nomination.
Free episodes of Orphan Black are available now on Video on Demand and can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Xbox Live, VUDU, Sony PSN and Samsung Hub. Orphan Black: Season One is available on Blu-ray and DVD.
BBC AMERICA's Broadchurch, which earned critical acclaim, record ratings and became a Twitter phenomenon in the UK, centers on the investigation into the murder of a young boy in a British seaside town. Leading the investigation are two detectives - the strong yet compassionate local Detective Sergeant, Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman), and the by-the-book Detective Inspector Alec Hardy (David Tennant), Ellie's newly appointed boss. By circumstance they are partnered to solve the murder, keeping the newspapers from derailing the investigation and trying to prevent the crime from impacting tourism at the beach where the boy was murdered. The cast also includes Jodie Whittaker as Beth, Andrew Buchan as Mark, Will Mellor playing Stephen Turner and sees Arthur Darvill as the town priest Paul Coates. The series is created and written by Chris Chibnall and executive produced by Chibnall and Jane Featherstone. Broadchurch premiered Wednesday, August 7, 10:00pm ET/PT as part of Dramaville.
BBC AMERICA delivers U.S. audiences high-quality, innovative and intelligent programming. Established in 1998, it has been the launch pad for talent embraced by American mainstream pop culture, including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Graham Norton, and successful programming formats including ground-breaking non-scripted television like Top Gear and top-rated science-fiction like Doctor Who. Owned by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, BBC AMERICA has attracted both critical acclaim and major awards including two Emmy(R) Awards, five Golden Globes(R) and thirteen Peabody Awards. The channel attracts one of cable's most affluent and educated audiences and is available on cable and satellite TV in 80 million homes. It broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, with content available On Demand across all major digital platforms. Online,www.bbcamerica.com is the place to go to dig deeper into pop culture with a British twist.
About BBC World News
BBC World News and bbc.com/news, the BBC's commercially funded international 24-hour news and information platforms, are owned and operated by BBC Global News Ltd, a member of the BBC's commercial group of companies. BBC World News is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, and over 360 million households and 1.8 million hotel rooms. The channel's content is also available on 173 cruise ships, 53 airlines and 23 mobile phone networks. For further information on how to receive BBC World News, download schedules or find out more about the channel, visit bbc.com/tvschedule. bbc.com is one of the most respected brands on the internet and the global news content on the site offers up-to-the minute international news and in-depth analysis for PCs, tablets and mobile devices to more than 58 million unique users each month.