The Grierson Awards 2019 shortlist is announced

Our Dementia Choir, Love Island and First Dates Hotel make the shortlist for the 2019 The Grierson Awards in association with All3Media

The full shortlist

The Grierson Trust is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Grierson Awards in association with All3Media. It includes some of the year's most talked about TV with Love Island, Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure and First Dates Hotel all featuring on the Best Constructed Documentary Series list.

Lorraine Heggessey, Chair of The Grierson Trust says: "This is always an exciting time of year for the Griersons and the 2019 shortlist does not disappoint with some of the biggest documentaries of the year lining up alongside some lesser known gems. And I'm delighted that we continue to see the growth in digital platforms appearing on the list with Amazon Prime, nowness, RT, BBC Three and Netflix all making their mark."

In a bumper year which saw a 5.5% increase in entries, the 105 shortlisted films and eight presenters will now go forward to final nominations and judging ahead of 47th annual star-studded awards ceremony on 14th November 2019.

Of the 105 films on the shortlist, the BBC has a bumper 52 entries in the running, Channel 4 follows with 17 and Netflix has 12 in the mix. ITV have three films listed with ITV2 making a shortlist debut alongside RT and Amazon Prime. Channel 5 has one film and the remainder is made up of festival and university screenings alongside theatrical releases and smaller digital outlets.

Seven films have the honour of being shortlisted in multiple categories. They are:

* FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened has been listed in Best Single Documentary - International and Best Entertaining Documentary categories

* Drowning in Plastic is shortlisted in the Best Natural History category with Liz Bonnin on the Best Presenter list

* Nadiya: Anxiety And Me is on the Best Science Documentary shortlist with Nadiya Hussain on the Best Presenter list

* Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure features on the Constructed Documentary Series list with Vicky McClure lining up against Nadiya and Liz on the Best Presenter list

* Three Identical Strangers makes the cut on the Best Cinema and Best Entertaining Documentary lists

* The UN Sex Abuse Scandal is the Current Affairs and Best International Documentary lists

* Stabbed: Britain's Knife Crime Crisis makes the Best Domestic Documentary list with Duwayne Brooks on the Best Presenter list.

Elsewhere, David Harewood: Psychosis And Me and Grenfell are both on the Best Single Documentary - Domestic list; Fashion's Dirty Secrets: Stacey Dooley Investigates and Inside Facebook: Secrets of the Social Network are on the Best Current Affairs list; 24 Hours in Police Custody and Bros: After the Screaming Stops make the Best Entertaining list; and, Leaving Neverland, Storyville - Reporting Trump's First Year: The Fourth Estate and Black Lives all appear on the Best Series list.

Lorraine Heggessey sums up this year’s impressive shortlist: "The Grierson Awards recognise the crème de la crème of documentary making with young newcomer directors standing shoulder to shoulder with Grierson-winning alumni. Our juries now face a summer of deliberation and I look forward to announcing the final nominations in the autumn."

The full shortlist

Published: 25 July 2019

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