Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards on ITV 3 2012 Announced Today

The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards on ITV3, celebrating the very best of British and International crime thriller fiction and drama, will take place in a glittering ceremony at Grosvenor House, London, on 18th October 2012.

A host of individuals from literature, TV and film — so talented it could be a crime — will gather on the black carpet in an evening celebrating the very best of felony and scandal. The awards ceremony will feature five book specific categories, applauding the talents of crime fiction writers past and present. These are the CWA Gold Dagger for the Best Crime Novel of the Year, the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the Best Thriller of the Year, the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for the Best New Crime Writer of the Year, the Specsavers Bestseller Dagger awarded by public vote, and the Hall of Fame Dagger, which honours the achievements of the genre’s greatest writers and whose previous recipients include Val McDermid, Colin Dexter and Ian Rankin. The shortlist will be announced on 24th August 2012.

There are also seven TV and film specific awards to be judged by balloting members of the Academy of British Crime Writing (publishing, film and television), including the Film Dagger for the best big-screen crime thriller story, the TV Dagger for the best small-screen crime thriller drama, and the International TV Dagger for the best TV crime thriller drama from around the world. Accolades are also given to individual performances in crime drama: the Best Actress Dagger and Best Actor Dagger celebrate the finest performances by male and female actors in a crime thriller drama, with Best Supporting Actor and Actress Daggers for their most talented victims or accomplices.

The awards ceremony, now in its fourth year, will form the crescendo of a six week season of crime and drama programming which will include a specially commissioned documentary series called Crime Connections, starting on Friday 7th September on ITV3 and featuring crime writers, actors, producers and directors. This follows the huge success of last year’s The A-Z of Crime series, which reached an audience of nearly 4 million viewers. ITV3 will be showing six one hour episodes in the lead up to the awards ceremony at Grosvenor House, featuring specially selected bestselling authors.

Last year’s winners for the Crime Writers’ Association Daggers included Peter James, S. J Watson and Tom Franklin, with Film and TV daggers awarded to Idris Elba for his performance in Luther,  Sofie Gråbøl for The Killing, and True Grit (Film Dagger 2011) among others.

For more infromation please contact Eleanor Riches