The finalists for the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2017 have been announced.

The gong nominations include three for The Archers, including Timothy Watson in the Best Actor category and Louiza Patikas for Best Actress. The show itself is also up for an award for Best Drama Series with Helen’s trial week by Tim Stimpson submitted to the judges. Elsewhere there are nominations for Tracks, starring Romola Garai; and Emile Zola: Blood, Sex And Money, which stars Glenda Jackson.

The awards recognise the cultural significance, range and originality of audio drama, on air as well as online, and credit the creativity of the actors, writers, producers, sound designers and others who work within the field.

The winners will be announced in a ceremony on Sunday 29th January at the Radio Theatre in BBC Broadcasting House. The ceremony is hosted by Sir Lenny Henry and will feature live music from Mark Kermode’s Americana band The Dodge Brothers.

Each category is judged by a team of industry experts including actress Alison Steadman, journalist Baz Bamigboye, and producer Piers Plowright. Now in their sixth year, the Audio Drama Awards have previously recognised such luminaries as John Hurt, Neil Gaiman, Sir Ian McKellen and June Whitfield.

The BBC Audio Drama Awards cover audio dramas first broadcast in English in the UK between 1st October 2015 and 31st October 2016.

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