Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2011

The Grosvenor House Hotel was the venue for the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards last night.  They will be televised in the UK on Tuesday 11 October at 9pm on ITV3.  Here are the results:

Crime Writers’ Assocation Judged Dagger Awards:

CWA JOHN CREASEY (NEW BLOOD) DAGGER 2011
**Winner** Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson (Doubleday)
** Highly commended**  Kiss Me Quick by Danny Miller (Robinson)
The Dead Woman of Juárez by Sam Hawken (Serpent’s Tail)
The Dogs of Rome by Conor Fitzgerald (Bloomsbury)

CWA IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER 2011, SPONSORED BY IAN FLEMING PUBLICATIONS LTD
Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson (Doubleday)
Cold Rain by Craig Smith (Myrmidon)
The Good Son by Michael Gruber (Corvus)
**Winner**  The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton (Orion)

CWA GOLD DAGGER 2011
**Winner**  Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (Pan)
Snowdrops by A.D. Miller (Atlantic Books)
The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina (Orion)
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton (Orion)

Other Dagger Awards:

ITV3 People’s Bestseller Dagger 2011 (voted for by the public)
David Baldacci – The Sixth Man (Macmillan)
Lee Child – Worth Dying For (Bantam)
Mark Billingham – Good As Dead (Little, Brown)
**Winner**  Peter James – Dead Man’s Grip (Macmillan)
Peter Robinson – Before the Poison (Hodder)

THE FILM DAGGER
**Winner**  True Grit (Paramount Pictures)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Momentum Pictures)
Brighton Rock (Optimum Releasing)
Source Code (Optimum Releasing)

THE TV DAGGER
**Winner**  Case Histories (Ruby Films, BBC One)
Luther (BBC One)
The Shadow Line (Company Pictures, BBC Two)
Zen (Left Bank Pictures, BBC One)
Vera (ITV Studios, ITV1)

THE INTERNATIONAL TV DAGGER
**Winner**  The Killing, (Arrow Films, BBC4)
Boardwalk Empire (HBO, Sky Atlantic)
Castle (ABC Studios, Alibi)
Dexter (Showtime Networks, FX Channel)
Spiral (Son Et Lumiere, BBC 4)

BEST ACTRESS DAGGER
**Winner**  Sofie Gråbøl for The Killing (Arrow Films, BBC4)
Brenda Blethyn for Vera (ITV Studios, ITV1)
Maxine Peake for Silk (BBC One)
Olivia Williams for Case Sensitive (Hat Trick Productions, ITV1)
Sue Johnston for Waking the Dead (BBC One)
Kelly Reilly for Above Suspicion (La Plante Productions, ITV1)

BEST ACTOR DAGGER
**Winner**  Idris Elba for Luther (BBC One)
Lars Mikkelsen for The Killing (Arrow Films, BBC4)
Steve Buscemi for Boardwalk Empire (HBO, Sky Atlantic)
Jason Isaacs for Case Histories (Ruby Films, BBC One)
Rufus Sewell for Zen (Left Bank Pictures, BBC One)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR DAGGER
**Winner**  Rafe Spall for The Shadow Line (Company Pictures, BBC Two)
Bjarne Henriksen for The Killing (Arrow Films, BBC 4)
Søren Malling for The Killing (Arrow Films, BBC 4)
John Lithgow for Dexter (Showtime Networks, FX Channel)
Aidan Gillen for Thorne (Stagereel / Cité Amérique, Sky One)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS DAGGER
**Winner**  Ann Eleonora Jørgensen for The Killing (Arrow Films, BBC 4)
Kelly Macdonald for Boardwalk Empire (HBO, Sky Atlantic)
Ruth Wilson for Luther (BBC One)
Amanda Abbington for Case Histories (Ruby Films, BBC One)
Tara Fitzgerald for Waking The Dead (BBC One)

Not so surprising that The Killing was such a big winner on the night.  However, quite a few of us were disappointed that Rufus Sewell and Zen did not win in the actor and TV categories.

If you are watching the awards on Tuesday, do keep a look out for a rather good sketch starring Marcus Brigstocke (the night’s host).  It’s a rather fun send up of the on-screen detective…

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