TRIC, the Television and Radio Industries Club, celebrated its 51st anniversary, with a lavish awards ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House.
The event, hosted by outgoing TRIC President Lorraine Kelly, celebrates new talent and innovation in the UK TV and radio industry, with 18 awards acknowledging the diverse and impressive output of the UK’s broadcast industry.
We were invited to the TRIC Awards, as guests of Freeview, the UK’s leading free TV platform. In many ways, the event served as a last hurrah of sorts for the UK entertainment business, before the industry heads into virus lock down.
As a precursor to the Awards, UK soul queen Mica Paris received a standing ovation after performing several of her biggest hits.
The event also hosted a silent auction, supported by TRIC’s many industry sponsors, including Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Smeg. Headline sponsors for the event were Sky.
The big winner on the day was the BBC, which won gongs for Line of Duty, Killing Eve, Strictly Come Dancing and Gavin and Stacy.
Radio personality Roman Kemp was handed his award for Radio Personality by his dad, actor and performer Gary Kemp. “Well that was f***ing embarrassing,” he quipped.
The BBC’s Newsnight current affairs programme won the TRIC Special Award.
The TRIC Awards 2020 winners in full:
Sports programme: A League of their own
News presenter: Fiona Bruce
Drama programme: Killing Eve
TV personality: Ant & Dec
Soap Actor: Kellie Bright
Factual programme: Blue Planet Live
Radio personality: Roman Kemp
Food Programme: The Great British Bake Off
Streamed Programme: The Crown
Podcast of the Year: That Peter Crouch Podcast
Entertainment Programme: Gavin & Stacey
Radio Programme: Breakfast with Greg James
Crime programme: Line of Duty
Daytime programme: This Morning
TV Judge: David Walliams
Reality programme: Strictly Come Dancing
Soap of the Year: Eastenders