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Legal drama Silk wins Writers' Guild award

Maxine Peake in Silk

Story by Jack Foley

LEGAL drama Silk has been named best TV drama series by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain at its 2013 awards.

The BBC series took the prize for its sophomore run ahead of The Village, which was also written by Peter Moffat, as well as ITV hit Broadchurch.

A third series, again starring Maxine Peake and Rupert Penry-Jones, began filming in June.

Other notable awards went to ITV soap Coronation Street, which was crowned best continuing drama, and BBC Two’s Alfred Hitchcock drama The Girl.

Playwright David Edgar was recognised for his “outstanding contribution to writing and writers”.

Edgar famously adapted Charles Dickens’s Nicholas Nickleby for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1980 but also recently wrote If Only, a play about the future of the coalition government, for the Minerva Theatre in Chichester.

Screenplay awards went to British gang culture drama My Brother The Devil and the Irish film What Richard Did.

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