ARTS UPDATE: This is award winner

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AT the 2011 South Bank Sky Arts Awards, This Is England ‘86, produced by Sheffield’s internationally-renowned Warp Films, beat off stiff competition from Misfits and Sherlock to take the Best TV Drama Award.

Screen Yorkshire backed the films through its Production Fund and supported Warp to film on location around Sheffield and draw on local talent for its crew.

The success coincided with the announcement of a feature-length Christmas special to follow on from This Is England ’86, which became the highest-rating original drama series launch ever seen on Channel 4 when it screened last autumn.

The two-hour drama, which will catch up with the cast in 1988, is to be directed by Shane Meadows, co-written by him and Jack Thorne and produced by Mark Herbert at Warp Films. Shooting commences in the spring.

Another Warp film bagged two top awards at Sundance, the world’s leading international independent film festival, in Park City Utah over the weekend.

Paddy Considine took the World Cinema Directing Award: Dramatic Award for his feature directorial debut, Tyrannosaur, produced by Warp X and co-funded by Screen Yorkshire.

Olivia Colman and Peter Mullan were awarded The World Cinema Special Jury Prizes: Dramatic for Breakout Performances for their roles in the hard-hitting drama filmed on location in Leeds and Wakefield.