Friday, 19 October 2012

Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2012 Winners

Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch and event host Bradley Walsh
Benedict Cumberbatch collects the TV Dagger for Sherlock. Pics:ITV

Leading faces from the crime world – Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Jo Nesbo, Lara Pulver, Stephen Graham, Kathy Reichs – were on the black carpet for last night's Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards.

And it was BBC1's Sherlock that again scooped several awards – TV Dagger, best actor (Mr Cumberbatch), best supporting actor (Mr Freeman). 

BBC4's The Bridge shoved aside major dramas such as Homeland, Boardwalk Empire and The Killing 2 to take the International TV Dagger. Meanwhile, viewers voted Lewis and Hathaway from ITV1's Lewis as their favourite cop duo.

Claire Danes got a gong in recognition for her superb performance in Homeland as the CIA agent on the edge. Ann Cleeves, author of the Vera Stanhope novels (played by Brenda Blethyn on ITV1) was inducted into the Hall of Fame, along with Foyle's War creator Anthony Horowitz.

ITV3 is showing the full event, hosted by Bradley Walsh, on 23 October at 9pm.

Host at the Grosvenor Hotel, London – Bradley Walsh
The Film Dagger
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Studio Canal)

The TV Dagger
  • Sherlock: Series 2 (Hartswood Films/BBC1)

The International TV Dagger
  • The Bridge (Danmarks Radio, Sveriges Television/BBC4)

The Best Actress Dagger
  • Claire Danes for Homeland (Teakwood Lane Productions, Showtime Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet Media Group, Fox 21/Channel 4)

The Best Actor Dagger
  • Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock (Hartswood Films/BBC1)

The Best Supporting Actress Dagger
  • Kelly Macdonald for Boardwalk Empire (HBO/Sky Atlantic)

Martin Freeman won best supporting actor
The Best Supporting Actor Dagger
  • Martin Freeman for Sherlock (Hartswood Films/BBC1)

Best Detective Duo: 
  • Lewis - DI Robbie Lewis & DS James Hathaway

And the books awards were won by:

The CWA Gold Dagger – sponsored by Constable & Robinson
  • The Rage by Gene Kerrigan (Harvill Secker)

The John Creasey New Blood Dagger – sponsored by Goldsboro Books
  • A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash (Bantam)

The Ian Fleming Steel Dagger – sponsored by Ian Fleming Publications
  • A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming (HarperCollins)

The Specsaver’s Bestseller Dagger 2012:
  • Kathy Reichs