"Kid in the Corner" Wins Awards
adders.org wish to extend congratulations once again to Tiger Aspect
Productions for their drama "Kid in the Corner". See our previous news story on the drama by clicking here. This time congratulations are for winning the Award for Best TV Drama at the
Mental Health Media Awards, sponsored by The Guardian. Kid in the Corner beat off
competition from 'Walking on the Moon', 'Always and Everyone' and
'Coronation Street'. The awards were
announced at a ceremony on 25th October 2000. On hand to receive the award
were Producer Kate Anthony and Director Bille Eltringham. Roger Graef,
director of Mental Health Media, who handed them the award praised the
emotional impact of the piece.
TV productions can be viewed by many as being rather cynical and are
sometimes accused of sensationalising sensitive issues. However Kid in the
Corner was a wonderful portrayal of a family with a child with ADHD. It
very sensitively covered all the effects the condition of the child had on
the family and followed through the diagnostic procedure and eventual
treatment plans put into place to help both the child and the family. The
superb and sensitivity of the main characters was brilliant and Eric Byrne
who played Danny was wonderful.
The fact that an organisation such as Mental Health Media gave this award is
fantastic credit to all those involved.
We spoke to Kate Anthony of Tiger Aspect and producer of Kid in the Corner
and she told us that they were over the moon at receiving the award.
Kate told us that as part of her acceptance speech at the ceremony she had
wanted to thank a number of people, in particular she spoke of Bille
Eltringham the Director who worked very closely with Eric and gave him lots
of help and support. Also of Becky De Souza the script editor, she said
the award was a tribute to Becky's enormous effort and time in researching
ADHD and talking to many families. (We can personally say that Becky was
extremely interested and encouraging when she spoke to us and that she was
very sensitive in her approach. Becky was very keen to get things right so
that she could portray things as they are for so many of us.) Kate also
spoke highly of writer Tony Marchant, who was able to draw on his own
experiences of parenting a child with a similar condition and was able to
put in a lot of the emotional feelings of a parent of a special child. Kate
also wanted to thank all of the parents and professionals who were willing
to talk about their experiences so openly to the team and for trusting them
with their feelings.
Kate went on to tell us that as Tiger Aspects and the production team began
to go through all the research and stories they had been told they became
fascinated by the subject and felt that the time was right to go forward
with the telling of the story of Danny and his family, The team felt very
committed to the project and were astounded by the feedback they had
received, they had no idea how much feedback they would get and were amazed
by the number of positive and moving comments they had. She went on to tell
us that 'the team were grateful to Channel 4 for commissioning the project
and for showing the drama as they did. Programmes like Kid in the Corner,
which tackle sensitive issues are needed and Channel 4 were brave in their
approach as few dramas like this have been promoted in the past and more are
needed in the future to help highlight some of these types of issues. So
long may this continue.'
Kate also told us that Kid in the Corner had also won 3 Golden Nymph Awards at
the Monte Carlo Television Festival Awards: -
Best Screen Play went to Tony Marchant
Best Director went to Bille Eltringham
Best Actor went to Douglas Henshall for his role as Alex (Dad)
Kid in the Corner was also nominated for a BAFTA, this was eventually won by
the drama 'Warriors'.
Eric Byrne was nominated for the best newcomer at the Royal TV Society
Awards, this was won by Jamie Oliver.
Our congratulations go to Eric for his nomination and we hope to see more of
him on our screens in the future.
Kate finished by saying that the power of TV Drama was great in getting a
subject across to the public and that the awards encourage producers to get
things right and to do things properly and in a sensitive manor.
Our congratulations once again to all those involved.
"Kid in the Corner" is now available on video, click here for details.
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