This week the inaugural Critical Awards in Television (CATs) were held in Wavertree Town Hall with awards going to the production companies behind some of the nation’s favourite Television.

Created by Edge Hill University’s Television Studies Research Group, the CATs celebrated the television industry, drawing attention to those who sometimes get overlooked, the behind the scenes workers and the production crews who worked throughout the pandemic to keep the nation entertained.

Accepting an award via zoom.

The awards also recognised the difficult circumstances in which television was created over the last 12 months, with essential new health and safety rules put in place across the industry.

Reader in Film and Television Elke Weissman said: “We had a fantastic evening celebrating the nation’s favourite TV programmes and the achievements of the production crews and those who worked tirelessly in the background, dealing with never before seen Covid-19 safety measures, to keep show on the road throughout the pandemic.

“Well done to all the winners, and also the runners up, who created incredible TV for us to watch. I’d also like to draw special attention to the three student award winners who made wide range of innovative and thoughtful TV programmes in very difficult circumstances.”

The winners were –

  • Covid-19 Health and Safety Award – joint winners: Hollyoaks (Lime Pictures)and Gardeners’ World (BBC Studios Bristol)
  • Writing and Production Designing for Covid Award – Staged (Infinity Hill)
  • Comfort TV Award – Grayson’s Art Club (Swan Films)
  • Student Film Award –
    • Middlesex University, Isaac Pimm and Joseph Ferris, The Percentage  
    • Edge Hill University, Drew Harvey, Memento Mori and
    • Kingston University, Hatem Kiwan, Chanae Henry, Ryanna Conteh and Ellis Alleyne-Brown, It’s Been a Year.
Guild CEO Lyndsay Duthie

The Student Production Award was judged by members of the Production Guild and presented by Guild CEO Lyndsay Duthie. IT recognises the incredible films made by the UK’s skilled young filmmakers who also had to produce their work under new health and safety rules.

All awards were presented by actor and Edge Hill alumnus Phillip McGuiness who has had roles in The Responder, The Alienist and on stage.

Phillip McGuiness

The CATs were organised in partnership with Love Wavertree community group whose aim is to reinvigorate Wavertree high street and the surrounding area.

Love Wavertree’s Will Chambers said: “It was really exciting to work with Edge Hill to make the CATs a success. We can’t wait to see where this partnership will lead.”

To find out more about the Television Studies Research Group visit their website.

If you would like to study at Edge Hill there are a number of film and television courses available, for the full list visit

The CATS were organised by The Television Studies Research Group at Edge Hill University, in collaboration with Critical Studies in Television, the Production Guild, the Institute for Social Responsibility and Love Wavertree.