16 popular TV dramas win top China TV awards

By Zhang Rui
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Sixteen popular TV dramas received top honors at the award ceremony of the 33rd Flying Apsaras Awards held in Beijing on Tuesday.

Winners pose for a group photo on stage at the award ceremony gala for the 33rd Flying Apsaras Awards and the 27th Starlight Awards held at Shougang Park in Beijing's Shijingshan district, Nov. 1, 2022. [Photo courtesy of China Television Arts Committee]

Top-rated TV series such as "The Age of Awakening," "Faith Makes Great," "Medal of the Republic," "Mining Town," "Crossing the Yalu River," and "Ebola Fighters" won the Excellent TV Drama Award. Director Zhang Yongxin of "The Age of Awakening" won the best director award, and scriptwriters of "Mining Town" won for best screenplay. Wang Lei won best actor for his performance in "Medal of the Republic," while Rayza, an ethnic Kazakh Chinese actress, won best actress for her performance in "Mining Town."

A total of 46 TV series and 69 television programs were previously shortlisted to vie for the biennial Flying Apsaras Awards and the biennial Starlight Awards, China's top TV awards. The Starlight Awards also handed out trophies during a joint awards ceremony on Tuesday night sponsored by the National Radio and Television Administration and the People's Government of Beijing Municipality and broadcast on Beijing Satellite TV and the Youku online streaming platform. 

Fourteen TV shows won Starlight Awards, highlighting their efforts in delivering positive energy and demonstrating the best of Chinese culture, such as "China in The Classics," which won the excellent variety TV show award, "2021 Spring Festival Chinese Opera Gala," which won best TV opera program, and "China" (Season 1) and "Seal in Time," which won best TV documentary. Other winners for the above-mentioned categories include some notable TV programs, TV specials, children's programs, and animation shows. 

These award-winning TV dramas and shows cover numerous outstanding themes, such as celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, the victory in eliminating poverty, the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games, the fight against COVID-19, the development of urban life in the new era, and traditional Chinese culture. Eligible TV shows were broadcast on CCTV and various local TV channels as well as major video streaming platforms in the two years from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2021.

Besides the award ceremony, 2022 China • Beijing TV Drama Festival, formerly known as Beijing TV Program Market & Exhibition, was held at Shougang Park from Nov. 1 to Nov. 5. Various TV events were also planned, including a TV gala, forums, master classes, television market events, short program pitch, and exhibitions, which aim to further boost China's TV industry and its development. According to organizers, more than 200 exhibitors from TV production, online program production, and relevant industry channels participated in the TV festival, attracting over 100 registered buyers. Nearly 600 TV programs were exhibited during the festival, including 400 TV dramas, more than 60 online series, 30-plus mini-series, and 85 other TV shows, ranging from internet movies to animations, documentaries and variety shows.

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