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Degsy bags award for best screen-writing

Single Carlton's thought-provoking series produced by Parminder Vir OBE comprises half-hour monologues from Black and Asian performers.

india Updated: Dec 27, 2003 21:39 IST
UK Bureau
UK Bureau

Single Carlton's thought-provoking series of half-hour monologues from Black and Asian comedy performers, produced by Parminder Vir OBE, has won an award at the Screen Nation Film and Television Awards 2003.

Degsy, written by Tunde Babalola, was awarded the Best Achievement in Screenwriting (Film/TV) at the prestigious ceremony, held at The Empire, Leicester Square on September 10.

Starring Don Gilet, Degsy tells the story of Peckham's very own Casanova, who prides himself on his ability to get the ladies into bed. Eight children and a nasty accident later, Degsy realises that there is more to life than being a Don Juan, and sets out to change his lady-killer ways.

This is the latest award to go to Single Voices. Another of the eight monologues, The Prince of Dalston, starring Felix Dexter, won him the Best Actor award at the BT Emma Awards.

Babalola and Dexter are now collaborating to develop The Prince of Dalston into a feature-length script, with support from the UK Film Council's Development Fund.

If funded, the film will be produced by Parminder Vir OBE - producer and diversity advisor at Carlton Television. Commenting on the new award, she said: "My aim behind Single Voices was to find, develop and nurture a diversity of talent and stories. The Screen Nation Award is vital recognition of this achievement. Tunde Babalola brings a fresh perspective to writing about contemporary multicultural Britain."

As a founder member of the Broadcasters' Cultural Diversity Network(CDN), Carlton remains committed to reflecting the diversity of its regions - both on and off screen.

It continues actively to recruit Black and Asian journalists for its award-winning TV training scheme, ensuring that its flagship regional news London Tonight positively reflects the enormous diversity of the capital.

First Published: Dec 27, 2003 21:39 IST