The Grierson Awards 2018 shortlist is announced

Sir David Attenborough and Chris Packham lead the shortlist for the 2018 Grierson Awards in association with new headline sponsors All3Media

The full shortlist

London, Thursday 26 July, 2018: The Grierson Trust is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2018 Grierson Awards and a new headline sponsor for 2018, All3Media, which is also supporting the Best Student Documentary category.

Welcoming All3Media, Lorraine Heggessey, Chair of The Grierson Trust says: "‘We are thrilled that All3Media have become our headline sponsors this year, showing their commitment to support the Griersons that celebrate the best documentaries from Britain and around the world. In this era of fake news it’s more important than ever that we showcase those who work tirelessly and in often dangerous conditions to bring the truth to the screen."

In a bumper year which saw an 13% increase in entries, the 104 shortlisted films and eight presenters will now go forward to final nominations and judging ahead of 46th annual star-studded awards ceremony on 5th November 2018.

Sir David Attenboroughstrong> and Chris Packham lead the field with seven nominations between them. Sir David with three programmes across both Science and Natural History categories but Packham is shortlisted a record four times: twice in Science for Chris Packham: Asperger's and Me and The Real T.rex with Chris Packham. He is also featured in the Best Domestic category and lines up with Professor Green, Stacey Dooley, Anita Rani and Gary Younge in the eight strong Best Presenter group.

Jane Turton, All3Media Chief Executive Officer adds: “Just look at the range and quality of the producers and programmes nominated for this year's Grierson Awards and you will see why All3Media is proud to become the headline sponsor. The shortlist is exciting and showcases the great wealth of talent and creativity within the UK Factual industry.”

Of the 104 films on the shortlist across 14 category awards plus the eight presenters, the BBC has 45 entries in the running, Channel 4 follows with 21 and Netflix has seven in the mix - a significant increase from its single entry last year.

ITV, Channel 5, NatGeo and Field of Vision each have two films apiece with Sky Arts making a solo appearance for the Sky channels. The remainder is made up of festival and university screenings alongside theatrical releases and smaller digital outlets.

Eleven films have the honour of being shortlisted in multiple categories with Chris Packham's personal piece Asperger's and Me on Domestic, Presenter and Science lists where he also features with The Real T.rex. Stacey Dooley and Gary Younge join him on the Presenter list and in Current Affairs with Stacey Dooley: Face to Face with Isis and Angry, White and American respectively. BBC Two's The Funeral Murders features in Domestic and Historical categories where two Series shortlisted films also make an appearance BBC One's Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation and Wild Wild Country.

Current Affairs listed film The Fight for Mosul makes its second appearance on the International list whilst Raped: My Story features in Domestic. Finally Cinematic heavy-hitter The Work is also in the running in the International category. Meanwhile, Sir David's three entries are in Science for Attenborough's Wonder of Eggs and in Natural History for Attenborough and the Empire of the Ants and Blue Planet II.

Elsewhere, Channel 4's hit 'Educating' series returns to the shortlist with this year's Educating Greater Manchester in Best Entertaining whilst the Best Constructed category sees The Great British Bake Off makes an appearance for the first time alongside some of the year's most talked about TV including Hunted, Old People's Homes for 4 Year Olds and SAS: Who Dares Wins.

Lorraine Heggessey sums up this year’s impressive shortlist: "The Griersons recognise the crème de la crème of documentary making with young newcomer directors standing shoulder to shoulder with Grierson-winning alumni. It's also encouraging to see lesser known digital channels such as nowness, BFI Flair and Field of Vision on the list alongside our major national broadcasters. Our juries now face a summer of deliberation and I look forward to announcing the final nominations in the autumn."

The full shortlist

Published: 26 July 2018

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