The Grierson Awards 2019 nominations are announced

Rob Rinder to host The Griersons 2019 as the final nominations are announced featuring Love Island, Bros: After the Screaming Stops and Our Planet

The Grierson Trust is delighted to announce the final nominations for the 47th annual British Documentary Awards, more fondly known as The Griersons. The 2019 list includes 52 films across 14 categories with Akram Khan, Duwayne Brooks, Louis Theroux and Nadiya Hussain in the Best Documentary Presenter category. The awards will be presented on 14th November at a star-studded ceremony hosted by barrister-turned-TV presenter, Rob Rinder.

Of the 52 nominated films, 21 were broadcast on BBC channels. Netflix receives 10 nominations and Channel 4 has 9, while ITV and the Guardian have one apiece. Festival, university and cinematic screenings make up the remaining 10.

This year, just three films have the double honour of featuring in multiple categories. They are:

  • Fyre:  The Greatest Party That Never Happened features in the Best Single International and Best Entertaining lists
  • Three Identical Strangers makes the cut in Best Entertaining and Best Cinema categories 
  • Stabbed:  Britain’s Knife Crime Crisis is nominated in best Single Domestic with Duwayne Brooks up for Best Presenter  

Announcing the nominations, Chair of The Grierson Trust, Lorraine Heggessey says: "This year's Grierson shortlists show the versatility of the documentary form with nominations covering a wide variety of subjects and styles from many different broadcasters and platforms.  Once again the judges were delighted with the high standard even though it made our decisions harder! From global names to newcomers, the Grierson Awards will be celebrating the passion and tenacity of these talented filmmakers."

Host Rob Rinder is a barrister who is best known for his ITV1 reality court show Judge Rinder and Judge Rinder's Crime Stories lifting the lid on some of Britain's worst ever crimes. He has also hosted his own BBC Radio 5 Live series Raising the Bar, been the focus of BBC One’s Who Do You Think You Are? and written his own guide to the law in Rinder Rules. His latest series is a new Channel 4 show - The Rob Rinder Verdict - a topical comedy show that sees him taking a swipe at the news in his own inimitable way. And, of course, he danced his way to the nations' hearts in the 2016 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Considered the Oscars of the documentary world and now in their 47th year, the Grierson Awards celebrate the best in documentary film-making. Winning a Grierson carries prestige and allure for factual filmmakers across the globe.

The full nominations

Published: 19 September 2019

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