BBC’s Charlotte Moore On Golden Globe Wins: “Flying The Flag For British Talent In Increasingly Competitive Market”

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The BBC had a successful night at the Golden Globes with wins for Bodyguard’s Richard Madden and A Very English Scandal’s Ben Whishaw.

Charlotte Moore, Director of Content at the British public broadcaster said that it was “delighted to be flying the flag for British stories and British talent in an increasingly competitive market”.

She added, “It’s fantastic to see BBC drama and exceptional British creativity recognised at the Golden Globes. It’s been a great year for the BBC with a series of big hits that have resonated with audiences at home and around the world.”

Madden scored an upset in the Best Actor in a Drama Series category by beating Ozark‘s Jason Bateman — Stephan James (Homecoming), Billy Porter (Pose) and Matthew Rhys (The Americans) to pick up his first Globe win.

Last night he said that he wanted to “convey the PTSD side of this man in a way that I have not seen on television and in film” when discussing his character David Budd, a war vet undiagnosed with PTSD, who is drawn into—and made the pawn of—a conspiracy that threatens to unseat the government.

Separately, Ben Whishaw won Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for his role in A Very English Scandal.

Whishaw plays Norman Scott in the political period drama, the disgruntled ex-lover of Liberal Parliament Member Jeremy Thorpe in 1965. Scott turned on Thorpe and started making threats when he broke up with him, but then Thorpe allegedly tried to have Scott killed. Whishaw said that the challenge in playing Scott stemmed from him “being a real person who suffered substantial trauma in what we were fictionalizing. Honoring him and being sensitive to him and trying to capture him in all his complexities was on the forefront of my mind.”

Piers Wenger, Controller, BBC Drama, added that it was “utterly thrilling” to see “great” British acting talent being recognised at the Golden Globe. “It’s a fitting testament to the extraordinary quality of drama being produced in Britain that it is being rewarded on the world stage,” he said.

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