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South Bank Awards

The eighth annual SOUTH BANK SHOW AWARDS took place at London's Savoy Hotel.

Some of the UKs most creative and popular artists were honoured in front of a star-studded audience.

THE SOUTH BANK SHOW AWARDS were started by The South Bank Shows editor and presenter Melvyn Bragg, and grow in stature every year.

There are now twelve categories from opera to popular music, literature to cinema and visual arts.

This year also hosted to the Arts Council England 'Decibel award'.

This new category recognises work that contributes to the development and promotion of the black and Asian arts sector, or an artist whose ethnicity directly influences their work.

It was presented by Sir Trevor McDonald.

Joining Melvyn Bragg in presenting awards was the cream of cultural Britain; Richard Curtis, Ewan McGregor, Sarah Lancashire, Sophie Dahl, Bryn Terfel, Anish Kapoor, Tamara Rojo, Joaquin Cortes and Dame Josephine Barstow.

There was also a live performance by Bryn Terfel and Beverley Knight at the ceremony.

The eighth annual awards launch the 27th series of The South Bank Show.

LWTs Arts and Features department is the most prolific producer of Arts programmes of any network.

It has won over 110 major awards and accolades from around the world.

And the South Bank Show continues to go from strength to strength producing compelling programmes on a variety of subjects and is ITV1s fourth longest running programme after Coronation Street, Emmerdale and News at Ten.

To date, the Sunday night arts series has featured over 750 artists.

From January 2004, the 27th series features an impressive line-up: SIR IAN McKELLEN, JOHN LENNONS JUKE BOX, JAMIE CULLUM, RONNIE WOOD, JACK VETTRIANO, JOHN BOORMAN, JEANETTE WINTERSON, SIR MALCOLM ARNOLD, JOHNNY HALLYDAY, and THE WILSON TWINS.

There is also and a TWO-PART SPECIAL on the state of British television drama today from the most popular soaps, cops and docs to the writers and producers who consistently push the boundaries of storytelling.

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