Our enormous Emile Zola marathon for Radio 4 - all 27 episodes of it - has been nominated for a BBC Audio Drama Award in the Best Adaptation category - and our star Glenda Jackson is up for Best Actress.
This is a lovely bit of recognition of a bold and ambitious bit of drama. I doubt if there is a single radio network in the world other than the BBC that would have said yes to twenty-four hours of adaptations of the novels of Emile Zola. So it's a relief and an honour to see this kind of recognition. I've been to this ceremony once before, for Dead Souls at which, comme d'habitude, we didn't win. Fingers crossed for better this time, but, wouldn't you just know it, it's a very strong shortlist:
- Emile Zola: Blood, Sex and Money adapted by Oliver Emanuel, Martin Jameson, Lavinia Murray & Dan Rebellato, producers Gary Brown, Pauline Harris, Nadia Molinari, Polly Thomas, Kirsty Williams
- Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, adapted & directed by Howard Davies, producer Chris Wallis
- Miss Julie by Strindberg, adapted & produced by Roger James Elsgood
- Roald Dahl: Going Solo adapted by Lucy Catherine, producer Helen Perry
- The 56, verbatim edited & adapted by Matt Woodhead & Gemma Wilson, producer Toby Swift
- True West by Sam Shepard, adapted by John Peacock, producer Celia de Wolff
- Unmade Movies: Hitchcock’s The Blind Man by Alfred Hitchcock & Ernest Lehman, adapted by Mark Gatiss, producers Laurence Bowen & Peter Ettedgui
The ceremony, hosted by Lenny Henry, is on Sunday 29 January 2017. Full details of nominations in all categories here.