Choral director, singer, conductor and presenter, the musical maestro Gareth Malone will host the 43rd British Documentary Awards

Choral director, singer, conductor and presenter, the musical maestro Gareth Malone will host the 43rd British Documentary Awards at a star-studded event at The Mermaid, London on Monday 2nd November.

More fondly known as The Griersons, these awards are the Oscars of the documentary world with directors from around the globe vying for the accolades that are only awarded to the crème de la crème of documentary filmmaking.

Lorraine Heggessey said: "Gareth Malone is a trail blazer who embodies creative excellence and is therefore the perfect host for this year's Grierson Awards. I'm sure he'll conduct the ceremony with aplomb bringing his characteristic style, wit and musical mastery to the evening."

Four presenters and 44 films - which tackle subjects from cancer treatment and Edward Snowden as Citizenfour, to the fashion of Dior and a girl who talks to dolphins - square up for the ultimate factual faceoff. This year's nominations include some of the most talked about television of last year - including Channel 4 hit Gogglebox (now shortlisted for three consecutive years) and Storyville's India's Daughter - as well as some less well-known gems. Just four broadcasters make the final cut: the BBC and Channel 4 dominate the list with ITV and Sky also represented. While four of the nation's most stimulating presenters are in the mix for the Documentary Presenter of the Year award namely Grayson Perry, Sue Perkins, Trevor Phillips and Will Millard.

Gareth Malone has helped galvanise the British choral scene through his TV series, concert tours and recordings. He first appeared on TV in the three-part BBC documentary series The Choir in 2006, working with students who had never sung before and ultimately taking them to compete in the World Choir Games in China. Several series of The Choir followed as well as Gareth Malone's Extraordinary School For Boys, three series of The Big Performance for CBBC, two series of Sing While You Work for BBC2. Gareth is probably best known for The Choir: Military Wives which saw Gareth undertaking a highly emotional challenge giving a voice to the wives and girlfriends left behind while troops were deployed to Afghanistan resulting in a Christmas number one with Wherever You Are. Gareth has been made a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Janice Chapman and Jonathan Papp. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of East Anglia and Freedom of the City of London in 2010. In 2012 he was made OBE in the Queen's birthday honours for services to music.

During the evening, Gareth will steer the event through 13 awards including Evolutions Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - Domestic, Shell Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - International, The Open University Best Documentary on Current Affairs, Best Arts Documentary, ITN Source Best Historical Documentary, Satusfaction Best Science or Natural History Documentary, Nyman Libson Paul Best Entertaining Documentary, Envy Best Documentary Series, Bertha DocHouse Best Cinema Documentary, Channel 4 Best Newcomer Documentary, Sky Atlantic Best Student Documentary and Clockwork Capital Documentary Presenter of the Year as well as the BBC Grierson Trustees' Award.

The full list of nominations 2015

Published: 22 September 2015

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