Cult TV Awards 2011 Winners

Friday, 23 December 2011 13:22

The Cult TV Awards 2011 have yet again proved to be a fascinating barometer of television fandom in the UK. Whereas other awards ceremonies can get a little predictable in their television choices, this is not the case with Cult TV’s prizes. Whilst the success of Sherlock comes as no surprise, given its critical acclaim in other sets of awards, seeing the likes of Fringe and Lie to Me gaining similar high-ranking accolades demonstrates the breadth of TV appreciation amongst those who actively seek out the shows they like.

The Aston Martin from The Persuaders! Winner of the Hall of Fame Series

The Hall of Fame series rightly went to The Persuaders! in its 40th anniversary year – Sir Roger Moore and Tony Curtis created an incredible onscreen partnership, which lasted for just 24 memorable hour-long episodes. However, with the recent Blu-ray release by Network DVD, the series has never looked better.

The other major trophies in the Hall of Fame are the Actor and Actress categories.  These were given to Patrick Macnee (John Steed in The Avengers), and Lucy Lawless (most famous as Xena: Warrior Princess).  It is fair to say that both these people have extraordinary careers right across a range of Cult TV series, and is an example of how these particular awards have matured to celebrate entire careers rather than the one role.

Sky One is the home for both Fringe and Lie to Me - the former continuing to baffle viewers and remain in production despite mediocre ratings Stateside; the latter being another series that found only a small but incredibly loyal audience. For the first time in the history of these Awards, the two shows polled exactly the same number of votes in the “Best Returning Premium Channel Series” category, and so the accolade is shared. Lie to Me even picked up the “Series They Should Not Have Cancelled” in this year’s Cult TV Awards.

The winner of the “Best New Premium Channel” series was the reimagining of Hawaii 5-0, seen on Sky One and capturing the spirit of the original long-running series - while updating the format exceptionally well. The opening credits, a quick-fire homage to the original show, was a deserved winner of the “Best New Credit Sequence” category.

Doctor Who continues to be a mainstay of the Cult TV Awards, and it maintains its dominance of the “Best Returning Free-To-Air Channel Series”, with Michael Gambon picking up the “Best Guest Appearance” gong for his role in 2010’s Christmas Special, “A Christmas carol”  Steven Moffat was recognised with the “Hall of Fame – Producer” award. However, it cannot go unnoticed the seismic loss that was felt by the death of Who stalwart Elisabeth Sladen this year.  Her character of Sarah Jane Smith picked up the "Hall of Fame - Hero" Award, while one of the adventures that she was a chief protagonist in, "Planet of the Spiders", was awarded the DVD Presentation of the Year trophy.

The BBC’s “Eric and Ernie”, documenting the careers of national comedy institutions Morecambe and Wise was a commendable choice for “Best Special or Mini Series”. Daniel Rigby and Brian Dick captured the duo eminently, and a strong supporting cast made this one-off a deserved winner.

The Ministry of Cineology would like to thank everyone who made their views count in both the nomination and voting stages of the Cult TV Awards. In particular you have all done a grand job in making this a genuinely deserving cross section of winners – these nods of recognition will hopefully point people with an interest in extraordinary television towards wonders they might not previously have been aware of.

Those results in full:

Best New Premium Channel Series - HAWAII 5-0

Best New Free-To-Air Channel Series - SHERLOCK

Best Returning Premium Channel Series – FRINGE and LIE TO ME

Best Returning Free-To-Air Channel Series - DOCTOR WHO

Best Special or Mini Series - ERIC AND ERNIE

Best Repeat Series - BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

Series They Should Not Have Cancelled - LIE TO ME

Best Guest Appearance - MICHAEL GAMBON (Doctor Who)

Breakthrough Performance - RUTH KEARNEY (Primeval)         

Best New Title Sequence - HAWAII 5-0

DVD Presentation of the Year - “PLANET OF THE SPIDERS” (Doctor Who)

Cult Personality of the Year - ROB BRYDON

Hall of Fame SERIES - THE PERSUADERS!

Hall of Fame ACTOR - PATRICK MACNEE

Hall of Fame ACTRESS - LUCY LAWLESS

Hall of Fame DIRECTOR - VAL GUEST

Hall of Fame PRODUCER - STEPHEN MOFFAT

Hall of Fame WRITER - DICK CLEMENT & IAN LA FRENAIS

Hall of Fame HERO - SARAH JANE SMITH (Doctor Who)

Hall of Fame VILLAIN - BARON GREENBACK (Danger Mouse)

Hall of Fame SPECIAL EFFECTS - GARY D’AMICO (Heroes / The Event)

Hall of Fame COSTUMES - BARBARA KIDD (Blake’s 7 / Doctor Who)

Hall of Fame ANIMATED CHARACTER - FRED FLINTSTONE (The Flintstones)

Hall of Fame ADVERT - VOLKSWAGEN (The Force – Little Darth)

Hall of Fame TV MUSIC - EDMUND BUTT (Ashes To Ashes/Survivors)       

Hall of Shame WORST LINE OF DIALOGUE - "Now get the hell out of our galaxy, both of you!" (Sheridan to the Vorlons and the Shadows, BABYLON 5 “Into The Fire”)

Hall of Shame CONTINUITY CLANGER - Two of the pirates disappearing without explanation (DOCTOR WHO - "Curse of the Black Spot")

Hall of Shame WORST SPECIAL EFFECT - The Radiation Monsters (SPACE: 1999 “The Bringers of Wonder”).

 

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