Political drama House Of Cards was among those honoured at the 73rd annual George Foster Peabody Awards.
Obvious choices as well as newcomers recognised for good showing.
Winners of the 73rd annual George Foster Peabody Awards were announced on April 8 with a record 46 series, specials and reports from television, radio and the Web being honoured for excellence in 2013.
There were some old favourites among the television honourees.
But for the most part the Peabody board looked beyond the obvious favourites and saved most of its recognition for slightly under-the-radar newcomers.
FX’s The Bridge, a murder mystery set on the United States-Mexico border, was praised for its “rare, non-stereotypical depiction of two cultures.”
BBC America scored two wins, one for the inventive Orphan Black, whose lead Tatiana Maslany was hailed as a “marvel,” and another for the brooding small-town murder mystery, Broadchurch.
A trio of political dramas – House Of Cards (Netflix), Scandal (ABC) and Danish series Borgen – were honoured.
The French import The Returned (SundanceTV), set in a scenic Alpine village where the long dead suddenly come back to life, was also recognised.
AMC’s Emmy-winning Breaking Bad, singled out for its “stunning brand of visual storytelling and meticulous character development,” rounded out the list of winning dramas.
On the comedy side, honourees include Netflix’s prison serial Orange Is The New Black, praised for its insight into “the politics ... of mass incarceration,” and Comedy Central’s “broad and incisive” sketch series Key & Peele.
HBO picked up awards for the documentaries Six By Sondheim, which profiles the Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim; Life According To Sam, the story of a teenager with progeria; and Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God, which focuses on a Milwaukee priest who abused hundreds of deaf children.
Also honoured were the nonfiction series The Story Of Film (TCM), Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown (CNN) and Latino Americans and The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (both of American public television, PBS).
Former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw received a personal Peabody honouring his journalistic achievements. – Los Angeles Times/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
The complete list of winners is available at http://www.peabodyawards.com/stories/story/2013-peabody-winners.