Clair, MD of Cause UK, had the privilege of assisting at the 2019 Sandford St Martin Trust Awards ceremony at Lambeth Palace, London, to help promote its Friends scheme to attendees, who included the great and the good of British broadcasting.
Attendees included Patrick Kielty and Louis Theroux.
Cause UK has been supporting the team on launching their Friends scheme.
The team at the Trust are a joy and inspiration to work with. They work to promote and safeguard thoughtful and thought-provoking programmes on TV and radio that engage with issues of morality, ethics and those really big questions in life.
Below is their Press Release, written by Claire Boxall, on the winners from the night. Congratulations to Anna McNamee and all involved on such an inspiring night. All photos by Natasha Hirst.
Peace and Reconciliation Feature Strongly in Sandford St Martin Awards Celebrating Religious and Ethical Broadcasting
The winners of the annual Sandford St Martin Awards have been announced at a ceremony at Lambeth Palace in London.
The inaugural Journalism Award was won by The Dawn of British Jihad by BBC Radio Current Affairs for BBC Radio 4. In the programme presenter Mobeen Azhar meets British Muslims involved in Jihad before 9/11, uncovering their personal motivation and the means by which they convinced others to join the cause.
Helen Boaden, former Director of BBC News who chaired the Journalism judges said:
“Journalism and religion in this country, at least, are not natural bed-fellows. Our winners demonstrated not just great investigative skill but insight and confidence with the religious aspects of their stories. The Dawn of British Jihad was austere in tone but packed a punch. It was the detail – all independently verified by the journalists – which gripped. It was fascinating, informative and at times, unexpectedly moving.”
The winner of the TV/Video category was My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me, by Dragonfly Film and Television Productions for BBC One. In this timely, courageous and deeply personal programme, the comedian Patrick Kielty, whose father was killed by paramilitary gunmen during the Troubles, explores how peace is progressing in a place with such a deep legacy of violence now also facing the challenge of Brexit.
The judges, chaired by James Harding, founder and editor of Tortoise Media and a former Editor of The Times and Director of News and Current Affairs at the BBC, declared the programme “an engaging story which is both a meditation on grief and a call for reconciliation and forgiveness. The story shines a light on peoples’ wounds and how these have shaped their lives”.
In the Radio/Audio category, the winning programme Doorstep Daughter was made by BBC Radio Current Affairs for Radio 4. It told the surprising story of how two very different families – one Muslim, one Christian – came together to raise a baby in 1990’s Watford, forming ties that changed all their lives.
The judges, chaired by economist, academic and broadcaster Dame Frances Cairncross, praised the skilful production and what was an astonishingly honest and moving piece of storytelling.
The Children’s category was won by My Life – Locked in Boy made by Sugar Films for CBBC – an inspirational film in which a young man with a profound disability proves a strong and eloquent advocate for himself and children like him.
Chair of judges Mim Shaikh, Radio 1Xtra presenter, actor and spoken word artist said:
“The story of 10-year-old Jonathan Bryan is so important to be told; so important for not just young audiences to watch, but for us, as adults, to take in. It totally challenged me to look at the way I see people with disabilities”
The Radio Times Readers’ Award, voted for by the readers of the magazine, was given to BBC Two’s A Vicar’s Life, an observational documentary series following the lives and work of vicars in Hereford, the Church of England’s most rural diocese.
The 2019 Trustees’ Award was presented to Bishop Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, in recognition of the huge media impact generated by his royal wedding sermon which helped to bring a better understanding of religious belief and its modern relevance to a new audience. Dedicating the Award, the writer and broadcaster Trevor Philips, said:
“The definition of a cameo is a small engraving, usually on a gemstone – and on the day of the Royal Wedding, Bishop Curry gave one of the most breathtaking cameo roles ever seen on TV and left an indelible inscription on the memory of the two billion or so who witnessed it.”
FULL 2019 AWARDS RESULTS
Winner: My Dad, The Peace Deal and Me by Dragonfly Film and Television Productions for BBC One
Runner Up: Louis Theroux: Altered States – Choosing Death by BBC Studios: The Documentary Unit for BBC Two
Winner: Doorstep Daughter by BBC Radio Current Affairs for BBC Radio 4
Runner Up: The Silence of the Lamb by BBC Religion for BBC Radio 4
Winner: The Dawn of British Jihad by BBC Radio Current Affairs for BBC Radio 4
Runner Up: Crossing Continents: Chile – Sexual Abuse, Secrets and Lies by BBC Radio Current Affairs
for BBC Radio 4
Winner: My Life: Locked in Boy by Sugar Films for CBBC
Runner up: My Life: Mumbai Street Strikers by Drummer TV for CBBC
Radio Times Readers’ Award
Winner: A Vicar’s Life by BBC Studios, Pacific Quay Productions for BBC Two
Sandford St Martin Trustees’ Award
Winner: Bishop Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church