Host - Huw Edwards
Our host for 2017, Huw Edwards, anchors Britain's most popular TV news bulletin, BBC’s Ten O'Clock News. He also led the commentary of the spectacular opening ceremony at the London Olympics, watched by a record 27 million viewers in the UK alone. Originally a Parliamentary Correspondent, Huw has since won a BAFTA award, made a cameo appearance in the Bond movie Skyfall and commentated on Barack Obama’s inauguration from a Washington rooftop. He has interviewed Presidents, Prime Ministers and major figures in all areas of public life.
Huw combines newsroom duties with presenting major state events, from Trooping the Colour to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. He has filmed The History of Wales and made
documentaries on Gladstone and Mozart, among many others, and regularly visits schools as ambassador for BBC News School Report.
Huw has a natural warmth and authority as an awards host and conference chair. He is also a gifted raconteur with a ready wit, as demonstrated in the panel game Would I Lie To You?
Comedian - Adam Hills
Our comedian for 2017, Adam Hills, is one of Australia’s most talented comedians. His upbeat, energetic comedy and rampant spontaneity have won rave reviews and universal acclaim - including three Perrier nominations.
Whether he’s comparing the merits of his Aussie countrymen with Brits and Yanks or showing off his artificial limb, Adam’s positive take on life is a refreshing alternative to the cynical comics who dominate the circuit. Adam has become one of the highlights of the Edinburgh Fringe, with sold-out houses for his most recent offering. His debut show, Go You Big Red Fire Engine, went on to a West End run at Her Majesty's.
Already a TV regular in his native land, Adam is now the host of Channel 4’s topic comedy show The Last Leg. Other UK television credits include several appearances on Mock the Week as well as Never Mind the Buzzcocks and The Stand Up Show. In Australia, Adam hosts his own top-rated radio show, but he is probably best known as presenter of ABC’s Spicks and Specks (he also co-hosted the channel’s Paralympics coverage), and his prime-time chat show Adam Hills in Gordon St Tonight.