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True Crime Awards recognises top creators from across the true crime industry

Press Release · London, UK · · Updated

The True Crime Awards announced their 2024 winners at an awards ceremony held at the Hilton London Bankside last night (25th April).

The True Crime Awards, partnered by I-ME, were established to celebrate the incredible content being produced across the true crime genre. The event brings together creators and producers from across the screen, podcast, and publishing sectors to recognise the time, energy, and effort that goes into their work.

Now in its second year, the awards, presented by Yinka Bokinni, shined a spotlight on the skills and expertise necessary to research and retell a true story accurately, entertainingly, and respectfully; as well as the challenges of delving into these harrowing stories – whether in the form of documentaries, podcasts, books, or dramas.

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The twenty-four categories of this year’s True Crime Awards were adjudicated by a panel of over 40 industry-leading experts who were asked to consider originality, production values, research, creativity, statistics, and overall performance. But most importantly, to judge if the content demonstrated respect for the victims, families, and survivors.

Over the past few years, the rise in true crime content has grown exponentially and has become more than subject matter for TV, books, and podcasts. Whilst it still informs, educates, and entertains, it has also become a tool for societal reflection.

By representing real cases, real people, and real outcomes, it can humanise statistics, expose flaws in the justice system and in some cases, spark reform.

To reflect this shift, this year the True Crime Awards introduced the ‘Impact for Change’ categories asking the judges to identify content which has resulted in a positive change. Winners of this new category included: Vishal from BBC Studios within Podcasts; Our Georgia by Lynette Williams with Robin Eveleigh of Mardle Books won within Publishing; and The Great Rhino Robbery from BBC Studios within On Screen.

Event Director, Nancy Baughen, said: “We are delighted to have welcomed so many of our nominees and winners to the second True Crime Awards where we have celebrated the industry’s creative talent. The ability to devote the time, effort and often emotional bandwidth needed to delve into some of the most horrific stories deserves recognition and most importantly gives a voice to the victims and their families.”

Representatives from across the true crime sector, as well as media production, were in attendance, including Sky, BBC, ITV Studios, Netflix, Wondery, Channel 5, Penguin Random House, TRUE CRIME, Little Brown Books, Bonnier Books, Woodcut Media, and The Financial Times and Daily Mail Group.

Nancy continued: “The level of support, enthusiasm, and commitment from our judges, entrants, and partners has been exceptional. They are without a doubt, leaders, and key players from across the full spectrum of the true crime industry which is why these awards give the recognition this genre deserves.”

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    True Crime with Kendall Rae
    Play trailerBest Digital Influencer – Partnered by Phoenix: True Crime with Kendall Rae
    From: Mile Higher Media & Audioboom Studios
    Hosted by: Audioboom


  • Best Drama Adaptation – Partnered by Abacus Media Rights: The Hunt for Raoul Moat, World Productions
  • Episodic Excellence (New) – Partnered with Getty Images: The Incident Room, True North Productions/Channel 5
  • Episodic Excellence (Returning): Forensics: Catching the Killer, True North Productions
  • Impact for Change: The Great Rhino Robbery, BBC Studios
  • Outstanding Documentary Film – Partnered by the Media, Production & Technology Show: Kidnapped: The Angel Lynn Story, Fremantle/Channel 4/Wonderhood Studios
  • Outstanding 3 or More Part Docuseries – Partnered by Element Post/VFX: The Flight Attendant Murders, Flicker Productions/BossaNova Media
  • Outstanding Investigative Reporting – Partnered by Reviewed & Cleared: Wrongly Accused, AMC Networks International UK: TRUE CRIME
  • Outstanding Two-Part Docuseries – Partnered by Element Post/VFX: The Child Snatcher: Manhunt, ITN Productions
  • Production Team of the Year – Partnered by 911 True Crime Music: Woodcut Media


    Play trailerBest Serialised Podcast: Suspect: Five Shots in the Dark - Campside Media/Wondery
    From: Wondery | Campside
    Hosted by: ART19
    Best Podcast Community – Partnered by Free Turn: Vishal, BBC Studios
    From: BBC Sounds
    Hosted by: BBC
    A Bit of a Stretch - The Podcast
    Episodic Excellence: A Bit of a Stretch, Chris Atkins
    From: Chris Atkins
    Hosted by: Acast
    Impact for Change – Partnered by Nomono: Vishal, BBC Studios
    From: BBC Sounds
    Hosted by: BBC
    The Pirate of Prague
    Play trailerMost Captivating Host(s): The Pirate of Prague, Blanchard House
    From: Apple TV+ / Blanchard House
    Hosted by: ART19
    Behind the Crimes with Robert Murphy
    Outstanding Indie Podcast: Behind the Crimes
    From: Robert Murphy
    Hosted by: Substack
    The Storyteller: Naked Villainy
    Play trailerOutstanding Investigative Reporting: The Storyteller: Naked Villainy, Isla Traquair
    From: Isla Traquair
    Hosted by: Audioboom
    After Dark: Myths, Misdeeds & the Paranormal
    Play trailerRookie of the Year – Partnered by the Association of True Crime Producers: After Dark: Myths, Misdeeds & the Paranormal, History Hit
    From: History Hit
    Hosted by: Acast


  • Publisher of the Year: John Blake Books
  • Book of the Year: No Ordinary Day, Matt Johnson & John Murray/Ad Lib Publishers
  • Best Audio Book – Partnered by Audio UK: A Million Ways to Stay on the Run, Donal MacIntyre & Karl Howman/W.F Howes
  • Best New Author: Rob Parkes
  • Impact for Change: Our Georgia, Lynnette Williams with Robin Eveleigh/Mardle Books
  • Outstanding Investigative Reporting: Betrayed Sandi, Logan/Hachette


    Crime Analyst
    Play trailerListeners’ Choice – Partnered by TRUE CRIME: Crime Analyst, Laura Richards
    From: Laura Richards
    Hosted by: Megaphone
  • Viewers’ Choice – Partnered by Bonnier Books UK: 24 Hours in Police Custody, The Garden/Channel 4
  • Readers’ Choice – Partnered by Crime Monthly: No Ordinary Day, Matt Johnson & John Murray/Ad Lib Publishers
  • Special Recognition Award – Partnered by CrimeCon UK: Jade’s Law, Karen Robinson, Paul Ward & Edwin Duggan

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