Announcing the winners of the 2020 Grierson Awards
We are delighted to reveal the winners for the 48th annual British Documentary Awards, in association with All3Media and digital broadcast partners, Little Dot Studios
In a night of celebration of documentary filmmaking, the 48th annual British Documentary Awards saw Channel 4's Jade: The Reality Star Who Change Britain take a double crown, Mobeen Azhar take the Best Presenter gong and acclaimed filmmaker Asif Kapadia recognised with the BBC Grierson Trustees' Award. Hosted by comedian and actor, Sara Pascoe, the 2020 Griersons were presented on YouTube in conjunction with digital broadcast partners, Little Dot Studios and headline sponsors All3Media.
The 14 awards are spread across the UK's broadcast channels with the BBC taking four awards, Channel 4 taking three and one apiece for ITV, Channel 5 and Netflix. The remaining four were made up of festival and theatrical screenings.
Chair of The Grierson Trust, Lorraine Heggessey said: "2020 has been a year like no other - from the Black Lives Matter campaign, continued political upheaval in the US and elsewhere and, of course, the Cobid-19 pandemic. This tumult and its energy is reflected in our winning films.
"John Grierson believed documentaries play a crucial role in countering threats to democracy and highlighting issues that matter to society. This is amply demonstrated by the finalists and winners of this year's awards which shine fresh light on a wide range of issues from dementia and disability rights, through civil war and ethnic cleansing to mental health and the destruction of our natural world. They are powerful, bold stories told with skill and compassion. Congratulations to them all."
Stars and personalities from across TV and public life took part, including actor Thandie Newton; former politician Ed Balls; TV presenters Katie Piper, Chris van Tulleken and Michael Palin; journalists George Alagiah, Amol Rajan, Sian Williams, Sophie Raworth and Mobeen Azhar; historian Bettany Hughes, filmmakers Gurinder Chadha and Louis Theroux; and, comedians Russell Brand and Romesh Ranganathan.
The event also took time to celebrate the work of The Grierson Trust's training and mentoring scheme, Grierson DocLab, which since its inception in 2012 has enabled 104 young people to be immersed in documentary making, offering hands-on training, paid work placements and mentoring. The scheme's alumni are spread across the industry: some have already founded their own thriving companies, some are in roles with national and global broadcasters and others are at indies across the UK.
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Published: 13 November 2020