Genre shows Jessica Jones, Mr Robot and The Leftovers have all been named winners in the prestigious 75th Peabody Awards For Entertainment & Children’s Programming, an US award the recognises excellence, rather than commercial success, in broadcasting.
The committee described Jessica Jones: “This one-part superhero saga, one-part neo-noir program asks unpopular questions about power and consent, while constructing vivid and compelling characters. Krysten Ritter helps us to discover the strengths and vulnerability of Jessica, a hard-boiled private detective who has rejected the role of superhero but must still figure out how to overcome the evil that threatens her, her friends and her community.”
Of Mr Robot it said, “A riddle wrapped in a mystery shrouded in a hoody, Mr Robot’s hero, Elliot, is a tormented, anti-social cyber-security whiz caught up in techno-anarchy conspiracy. The series’ twisting, turning, Rubik plot is almost as startling as its overtly anti-corporate stance. Occupy Prime Time?”
And about The Leftovers it said, “After an inexplicable global cataclysm – a massive random harvest – thins Earth’s population by 140 million, the survivors in this challenging, deeply philosophical, boldly imagined drama are left to figure out how to get on with life in a world that’s stopped making sense.”
Other winners included Wolf Hall, Beasts Of No Nation, black-ish, Deutschland 83, Master Of None, Transparent, UnREAL and Cbeebies’ Katie Morag.