“My Son,” “Murder Detectives” win BAFTA TV Awards

My Son the Jihadi (pictured), Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners and The Murder Detectives were among the factual and reality series to take top honors from the British Academy of Film and Television Awards this year.
May 9, 2016

My Son the Jihadi (pictured), Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners and The Murder Detectives were among the factual and reality series to take top honors from the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) this year.

The House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards, which honor the best of British television to air in the preceding year, were hosted by comedian Graham Norton at a ceremony on Sunday (May 8) at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

True Vision’s documentary My Son the Jihadi for UK pubcaster Channel 4 was presented with the BAFTA for Single Documentary. The film documents a mother struggling to accept the knowledge that her son has joined an Islamist terror group in Somalia.

Films of Record’s dramatic documentary The Murder Detectives, which follows an active murder investigation, added to its collection of BAFTA hardware with a win in the Factual Series category. The three-part docuseries on Channel 4 was last month awarded with two BAFTA TV Craft Awards, including Director: Factual and Editing: Factual.

The BAFTA for Specialist Factual, meanwhile, was handed out to BBC2′s Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners. Produced by the BBC History Unit, the documentary explores the abolition of slavery in Britain and the decision by the government of that time to compensate slave owners for their loss of “property.”

BBC1′s The Great British Bake Off from Love Productions took home the award for Features programming, while Twenty Twenty’s First Dates for Channel 4 picked up the Reality and Constructed Factual prize and BBC Entertainment’s Strictly Come Dancing for BBC1 was presented with the Entertainment Program award.

Finally, Outbreak: The Truth About Ebola (This World), a copro between Mongoose Pictures and Quicksilver Media for BBC2, received the BAFTA for Current Affairs, while BBC1′s Big Blue Live from the BBC was handed the Live Event prize.

For the full list of television winners, visit the BAFTA Awards website.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.