The 73rd Annual Peabody Award winners are a zeitgeisty mix of new television classics, from “Breaking Bad” to “House of Cards” and “Scandal,” and underdogs like FX’s “The Bridge.”
This was a great year for overseas television. Denmark’s “Borgen” and France’s “The Returned,” a must-see now on Netflix, both won prizes. BBC’s beloved sci-fi series “Orphan Black,” starring Tatiana Maslany, and crime miniseries “Broadchurch,” took home honors as well.
Though the Peabody Awards typically honor television and radio, filmmakers weren’t left out. Director Alex Gibney picked up a Peabody for his HBO documentary “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God” about sex scandals in the Roman Catholic Church. Director Ken Burns’ provocative “The Central Park Five” — which he co-directed with Sarah Burns and David McMahon — got kudos, too.
TCM was honored for Mark Cousins’ 15-part revisionist history of cinema “The Story of Film,” which screened on the network in the Fall. HBO, on a roll with premium original programming, received several other wins including nods for the documentaries “Life According to Sam” and “Six by Sondheim.”
Ira Glass of “This American Life” will emcee the 73rd Annual Peabody Awards in New York on May 19. Here’s the full list of winners.