It’s going to be awkward if he wins but David Tennant – host of the inaugural BBC Audio Drama Awards – has also been shortlisted for the Best Actor title at the very same ceremony.
The Stage reports that Tennant received the nod for Kafka the Musical, written by some bloke called Murray Gold and featuring a suitable Kafkaesque premise of the great big grump Franz Kafka getting trapped in a musical about Kafka.
If that’s bending your mind then Tennant was replaced by Christopher Eccleston when the play transferred to the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Whether or not Tennant regenerated on stage has yet to be confirmed.
The Time Lord Kafka-rious is up against Damien Lewis for Giovanni’s Room by Neil Bartlett and Rory Kinnear for Flare Path by Terrance Rattigan.
Other suitably Who related nomination recipients are June Whitfield – who played Minnie Hooper in The End of Time – for Best Actress for A Monstrous Vitality by Andy Merriman, and writer Stephen Wyatt – who wrote Paradise Towers and The Greatest Show in the Galaxy – and received the The Tinniswood Award shortlist for Best Radio Drama Script broadcast in 2010 for Gerontius,
The awards celebrate the cultural importance of audio drama – both on air and online – honouring the actors, writers and craftsmen behind the drama.
The ceremony takes place at the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House on January 29th. Good luck to all concerned!