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  • 27 January 2014, 19:37

South Bank Awards For Broadchurch And Monkeys

Crime drama Broadchurch and rock group Arctic Monkeys were the big winners at this year's South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

The ceremony at The Dorchester hotel on Park Lane - hosted by Melvyn Bragg - celebrates the finest talent in a range of artistic disciplines from literature to opera, pop music to film.

BBC Two had two nominations in the TV drama category for Top Of The Lake and The Fall but was pipped by ITV's critically acclaimed Broadchurch, starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman.

Colman told Sky News she and the cast were thrilled to have won: "I'm excited. Ready to get on the booze!"

"Being in a room with these people who I consider so magical compared to us, no offence to actors, but, Darcey Bussell was here and there was clip of what she can do with her legs," she added.

"It's humbling, musicians and artists, it's exciting that we're all there and that we've had an impact on people's lives and they enjoyed what we did."

David Bowie's first studio album in a decade, The Next Day, lost out in the pop music category to the Arctic Monkeys' AM, which also beat Disclosure's debut album Settle.

All three artists were nominated for the Mercury Prize in October but were beaten by James Blake.

There was disappointment for Steve Coogan who had high hopes of success with a nomination in the comedy category for Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, and a nomination for Philomena in the film category.

But he went home empty-handed after being beaten to the comedy prize by rising star Bridget Christie who won for her show A Bic For Her. 

Clio Barnard's The Selfish Giant was preferred to both Philomena and Hanif Kureishi's film Le Week-End starring Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan.

Barnard's gritty story of the life of a teenage scrap scavenger has also been nominated for an outstanding British film Bafta.

Bragg told Sky News the coming together of the arts is what makes the South Bank Awards so special: "It's not film people against film people, it's people from all across the arts.

"What it's really saying is, all these things are equally intriguing, equally high quality, they're just doing different things and that's a recognition that I think people like."

Artist Tracy Emin was presented with the outstanding achievement award by comedian Frank Skinner.

This year the South Bank Awards' trophy was designed by pop art supremo Sir Peter Blake who co-created the album cover for The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The South Bank Sky Arts Awards will be broadcast on Sky Arts 1 on Thursday January 30 at 9.30pm.

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