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Clare Balding honoured at Women in Film and Television awards

7 December 2012 4:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

BBC sports presenter, praised for knowledgeable, engaging style during London 2012, wins achievement of the year

Capping a summer that was almost as golden for her as it was for the winning athletes, Clare Balding was recognised on Friday for the Olympic and Paralympic coverage that prompted national admiration of her presenting skills, as she collected achievement of the year at the Women in Film and Television awards.

The sports presenter – praised for her knowledgeable, engaging style during London 2012 – was the best known of three women honoured for their roles in broadcasting the Olympic Games.

Joining her on the awards podium were Tracey Seaward, who took the producer award for her work on Danny Boyle's spectacular opening ceremony, while Barbara Slater, the BBC's first female director of sport, won the inspirational woman award.

"I take the award on behalf of all of the women in sports television," Balding said after accepting her award. »

- Vicky Frost

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Isy Suttie interview: 'I'd love to work with Victoria Wood'

3 June 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

She's a trained musician and wanted to be a singer. But when people laughed at her silly, twisted songs, Isy Suttie took up comedy. Brian Logan talks to the Peep Show star about her brutal new show

In 2008, when Isy Suttie was cast as the geeky love interest Dobby in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show, she was working part-time in Oddbins and had only just created her first solo comedy show. Overnight, her life changed – but not entirely for the better. "I developed this paranoia," she says, "that suddenly I was being booked to headline gigs because of Peep Show – and not because I was ready to be a headliner. I worried that people coming to my shows would expect me to re-enact scenes from Peep Show, and not even know I'd been doing standup for a while."

Suttie, 34, is over it now – and revelling in the career Peep Show has made possible. »

- Brian Logan

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