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Ex-grammar school boy lands shock Bafta gong

PUBLISHED: 16:16 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:39 23 August 2010

AWARD: Alex Hryniewicz, a producer for Maverick Television.

AWARD: Alex Hryniewicz, a producer for Maverick Television.

A FORMER Gravesend Grammar School pupil has won a Bafta Television award for his work on interactive coverage for a Channel 4 show. Alex Hryniewicz, 26, a producer at Maverick Television, the production company behind Embarrassing Bodies, accepted the aw

A FORMER Gravesend Grammar School pupil has won a Bafta Television award for his work on interactive coverage for a Channel 4 show.

Alex Hryniewicz, 26, a producer at Maverick Television, the production company behind Embarrassing Bodies, accepted the award at the prestigious ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Sunday.

Mr Hryniewicz, who lived in Wrotham Road, Meopham with his parents and went to Cobham Primary School, was part of the team that won the Best Interactivity Award for his work on the programme, which informs viewers about embarrassing illnesses and conditions.

He said: "When we found out we had been nominated we were absolutely delighted. We were up against the interactive Olympics coverage for the BBC, and that was brilliant, they did an amazing job. We really didn't think we could win.

"But when they read out our name my mouth was gaped open. I couldn't believe it. Then I realised the camera was on us and we had to go up and say our thank yous. We were so surprised nobody had prepared a speech, we were so convinced the Olympics was going to win."

Mr Hryniewicz, who now lives in Birmingham, went to Birmingham University after leaving Gravesend Grammar School. He has been working on the new media branch of Maverick Television for more than four years. His team started working on Embarrassing Bodies a year-and-a-half ago, which involved producing video guides and information on the web that compliments the programme.

He said: "The show has been very successful for Channel 4, and a lot of people have been using the interactive coverage. We have found there is a whole community out there who want to find out more information about certain illnesses."

Other winners on the night included comedian Harry Hill for Best Entertainment Performer and The Bill for Best Continuing Drama.

Mr Hryniewicz added: "I have worked in television for four years and it is not that glamorous. But I can say that the Baftas are everything that you imagine, its glitz and glamour - there are celebrities everywhere.

"At the end we were on stage getting a photo taken and I was standing next to Harry Hill and David Mitchell, the star of Peep Show, they were talking to me about the award. It was just an unbelievable night."

ed.riley@archant.co.uk


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