BBC, Channel 4 dominate Grierson Trust’s 2018 British Doc Awards

British pubcasters BBC and Channel 4 were among the networks to have taken home top prizes at the Grierson Trust’s 46th annual British Documentary Awards, held on Sunday (Nov.4) in ...
November 5, 2018

British pubcasters BBC and Channel 4 were among the networks to have taken home top prizes at the Grierson Trust’s 46th annual British Documentary Awards, held on Sunday (Nov.4) in London.

The BBC took home eight of the 14 awards, including both Best Documentary Series and Best Historical Documentary prize for Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation (pictured) from On The Corner Films, in association with Rogan Productions.

Remarking on the three-part docuseries, which examines the murder of Stephen Lawrence in Britain in the early 90s, jury chair Tom McDonald said in a statement: “The winner of this year’s Grierson is a remarkable series – beautifully crafted, with extraordinary use of interview, archive and a unique visual approach. It is not simply a re-telling of a story and its repercussions, but is a series about Britain, who we were as a nation and what we’ve become.”

Patrick Kielty took home the Best Presenter hardware for BBC1′s My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me from Dragonfly Film and Television, while Raw TV’s critically acclaimed Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me for BBC2 took home the Best Science Documentary award.

Elsewhere, Channel 4 took home the Best Entertaining Documentary with Celebrity Hunted, and the Best Constructed Documentary Series for Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds.

Remarking on Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds garnering the award for Best Constructed Documentary Series, Catey Sexton, jury chair said, “Our winner stood out for its true sense of purpose – a serious issue underpins this heart-warming, moving and insightful series. We were unanimous this should be recognized for tackling such an important issue in such a joyous and affecting way.”

“If there is a uniting single essence that stands out in our 2018 winners, it’s the intimate,” said Lorraine Heggessey, chairman of The Grierson Trust, in a statement. “Many of these beautifully-crafted films tell personal stories about communities, families and individuals. They penetrate broad headlines and complex issues through the intimacy of stories that illuminate our humanity with compassion.”

The full list of winners follow below, with additional credits courtesy of The Grierson Awards.

Best Current Affairs Documentary
Panorama:  Undercover – Britain’s Immigration Secrets
BBC Current Affairs for BBC1
Director: Joe Plomin
Undercover Reporter: Callum Tulley

Best Documentary Short
Pulse Films and Fee Fie Foe for BFI Flair
Director: Matt Houghton

Best Science Documentary
Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me
Raw TV for BBC2
Director: Charlie Russell

Best Single Documentary – Domestic
Kingdom of Us
Pulse Films for General theatrical release
Director: Lucy Cohen

Best Single Documentary – International
The Work – Four Days to Redemption
Blanketfort Media for BBC4
Directors: Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous

Best Student Documentary
Fake News Fairytale
Director: Kate Stonehill, National & Television School

Best Cinema Documentary
The Work
Blanketfort Media for General theatrical release
Directors:  Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous

Best Arts or Music Documentary
Leonora Carrington – The Lost Surrealist
Erica Starling Productions & Ronachan Films for BBC4
Director: Teresa Griffiths

BBC Grierson Trustees Award
Sir Trevor McDonald

Best Historical Documentary
Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation 
On The Corner Films in association with Rogan Productions for BBC1
Director:James Rogan

Best Documentary Presenter
Patrick Kielty for My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me
Dragonfly Film and Television for BBC1

Best Natural History Documentary
H is for Hawk: A New Chapter – The Loss of Joy
Mike Birkhead Associates for BBC2
Directors: Mike Birkhead, Beth Jones

Best Entertaining Documentary
Celebrity Hunted
Shine for Channel 4
Director: Production Team

Best Constructed Documentary Series
Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds
CPL Productions for Channel 4
Director: Benjamin Leigh

Best Documentary Series
Stephen: The Murder That Changed A Nation
On The Corner Films in association with Rogan Productions for BBC1
Director: James Rogan

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