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Ashes to Ashes goes funky in Cult TV Awards

The Cult TV Awards 2010 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 our own prizes. The conclusion of Ashes to Ashes was handled in such a way that, much like its predecessor Life on Mars, it will be assured iconic status in small screen history.

It pulled off a huge surprise by being voted “Best Returning Free-To-Air Series” (formerly “Best Returning Terrestrial Series”), narrowly beating Doctor Who.  Not only that, Ashes to Ashes also picked up the “Hall of Fame – Series” accolade, and its stars Philip Glenister and Keeley Hawes secured the “Hall of Fame – Actor” and “Actress” awards respectively.

Ashes to Ashes - The Biggest Winner in the 2010 Cult TV Awards

It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Doctor Who – new star Matt Smith was rewarded with the “Breakthrough Performance” award, and new show-runner Steven Moffat was recognised with the “Hall of Fame – Writer” award. There were also reasons to celebrate for Stargate Universe, V, True Blood, and most surprisingly, ITV2’s Vampire Diaries. The return of Jonathan Creek with a special one-off episode also found appreciation from the cult audience.

The Cult TV Awards continue to bring forth an eclectic selection of winners, showing that Cult TV is still alive and well in people’s hearts.  Classics such as the original version of The Prisoner still get a nod (two of them this time around), as do iconic performers such as Leonard Nimoy, for his scene-stealing role in the JJ Abrams production Fringe.  Even old timers like heroic Hong Kong Phooey can show some of the new cartoons on the block a clean pair of heels.

In the behind-the-scenes honours, we saw Robert Duncan McNeill achieve the “Hall of Fame – Director” prize, perhaps most influenced by his work on the underground hit Chuck.  Having started off as an actor, he played Tom Paris in Star Trek: Voyager, he has since directed for the likes of Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, Star Trek: Enterprise, Dead Like Me, Supernatural, Medium, The O.C, Las Vegas, V, Samantha Who? and Desperate Housewives.

In the “Hall of Fame – TV Music” category, the legendary Mike Post finally joined the pantheon, in the year that the excellent revival movie of The A-Team was released.  Mike also penned the themes for the likes of The Rockford Files, Quantum Leap, Hill Street Blues, Law & Order, Magnum PI, L.A. Law, Columbo, Tales of the Gold Monkey, Hunter, Doogie Howser MD, Murder One, Hardcastle and McCormick, Renegade, Silk Stalkings, Profit, The Commish, Wise Guy, Riptide, Black Sheep Squadron, The Greatest American Hero, and NYPD Blue, amongst a great many others.

Tim Kring was rewarded with the “Hall of Fame – Producer” gong for his work on Heroes, which bowed out this year, despite it collapsing under its own weight of expectation. Christian Manz got the “Hall of Fame – Special Effects” prize for his contributions to Primeval and Spooks, while Joan Bergin picked up the “Hall of Fame – Costumes” accolade for her work on The Tudors.

The Cult TV voters also honoured more concluding series, with 24 receiving the “Show They Should Not Have Cancelled” award, despite it running for a magnificent eight seasons, while Lost was not forgotten, picking up the “Best DVD Presentation” award for the fifth season sell-through package.

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:

CULT TV AWARDS WINNERS 2010

 

NEW PREMIUM CHANNEL SERIES

Stargate Universe

 

BEST NEW FREE TO AIR SERIES

Vampire Diaries

 

BEST RETURNING PREMIUM CHANNEL SERIES

True Blood

         

BEST RETURNING FREE TO AIR SERIES

Ashes to Ashes

         

BEST TELEVISION SPECIAL OR MINI-SERIES

Jonathan Creek

 

BEST REPEAT SERIES

The Prisoner (ITV4)

         

SHOW THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE CANCELLED

24

         

BEST GUEST APPEARANCE

Leonard Nimoy (Fringe)

                  

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE

Matt Smith (Doctor Who)

         

BEST NEW OPENING TITLES          

V

         

BEST DVD PRESENTATION

Lost – Season Five

                  

PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

Harry Hill

 

HALL OF FAME - SERIES     

Ashes To Ashes

         

HALL OF FAME - ACTOR      

Philip Glenister

         

HALL OF FAME - ACTRESS   

Keeley Hawes

         

HALL OF FAME - DIRECTOR

Robert Duncan McNeill

         

HALL OF FAME - PRODUCER

Tim Kring

                  

HALL OF FAME - WRITER     

Steven Moffat

         

HALL OF FAME - HERO                 

Jack Harkness - Torchwood

 

HALL OF FAME - VILLAIN     

Number 2 – The Prisoner

 

HALL OF FAME - SPECIAL EFFECTS

Christian Manz

         

HALL OF FAME - COSTUMES

Joan Bergin

         

HALL OF FAME - ANIMATED CHARACTER   

Hong Kong Phooey

 

HALL OF FAME - ADVERTS

Specsavers – Thunderbirds

                  

HALL OF FAME - TV MUSIC

Mike Post

                  

HALL OF SHAME – WORST LINE OF DIALOGUE     

“The explosion decapitated him. He wouldn't have felt a thing” ("Aftermath", Spooks)

         

HALL OF SHAME – CONTINUITY CLANGER  

The changing shape of the planet Terminal ("Terminal", Blake's 7)

         

HALL OF FAME WORST SFX

The Monster ("The Man Eater of Surrey Green", The Avengers)

 

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