Host - Huw Edwards
Our host for the 2020 awards, back by popular demand, is Huw Edwards, anchor of Britain's most popular TV news bulletin, BBC’s Ten O'Clock News.
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 - Tom Allen
Our 2020 after-dinner entertainment, Tom Allen, is a comedian, presenter, writer and actor whose camp, acerbic wit is as sharp as his suits. As well as regular panel show appearances he is the co-host of Channel 4’s Bake Off: The Professionals.
Mixing storytelling and well-crafted jokes, Tom delivers a carefully curated combination of pithy observations and ironic hubris. Finding sometimes unlikely humour in leisure centres, the institution of marriage, and the school gym, with impeccable timing he leaves audiences hanging on the eyebrow he’s raised in anticipation of the punch line.
Since winning both the BBC New Comedy and So You Think You’re Funny awards in his first year as a standup, Tom has gone on to perform around the world. As well as his own tour he’s supported Sarah Millican live. On TV he’s appeared on Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Mock the Week, and The Great British Bake Off’s Extra Slice. He’s also often appeared on Radio 4 institution Just A Minute.
Having trained with the National Youth Theatre Tom has also taken on acting roles including in the BBC series Sensitive Skin and the films Starter for Ten and Tamara Drewe.