Awards ceremony

Patrick Kielty is the host the 49th British Documentary Awards at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on Wednesday, 10 November.

Patrick Kielty

Patrick is an actor, stand-up comedian, regular presenter of the One Show and can often be heard on BBC Radio 2, where he hosted the New Comedy Awardfor four series.

Most recently he was fronted the BBC One documentary Patrick Kielty: One Hundred Years of Unionin which he explores what the future holds for him homeland, Northern Ireland.

In 2018 Patrick won the Grierson Award for Best Presenter for his documentary My Dad, The Peace Deal and Me.

The ceremony

The Grierson Awards take place at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX.

The evening begins at 6.00 pm with a drinks reception at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, after which guests take their seats in the auditorium for the awards ceremony. The ceremony is followed by a hot buffet supper, plus music and dancing until 1.00 am.

Please note that seats in the auditorium are not assigned, so if you want to be sure to sit in a group, please take your seats early.

Tickets cost £180 + VAT (£216 inclusive of VAT)

The dress code is smart, but not formal, i.e., NOT black tie.

6.00 pm Drinks reception
7.15 pm Awards ceremony
9.15 pm After-party and supper
1.00 am Evening ends

Wine, beer and soft drinks will be served throughout the reception and buffet. There is also a cash bar at the event if guests wish to buy their own drinks. Please note, due to COVID safety, the bar only accepts credit and debit cards.


You can now book tickets via Eventbrite. Please ensure you have the names, email addresses and any accessibility requirements for your guests to hand when booking. You can pay via card, PayPal or invoice when booking.

Each attendee will get a digital ticket, emailed to you and available in your Eventbrite online account and the Eventbrite app. Each guest should bring their ticket(s) to the ceremony to be scanned in at the door.

Tickets are not refundable but purchased tickets can be transferred into a different name via Eventbrite or by contacting The Trust. The new attendee will then receive a digital ticket via email and the original ticket will become void.

If you have any questions about your tickets or booking, you can email

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COVID Safety

Although the Government has eased COVID restrictions, The Grierson Trust is conscious that some of our guests will have concerns about COVID safety.

We would like to reassure you that we will be taking all necessary measures to ensure your safety and would appreciate if you would read the guidance ahead of booking.

Accessibility, Captions and BSL Interpreters

The film clips shown at the ceremony will be captioned and the live presentations will be supported by BSL interpreters. Seats in front of the interpreters are reserved for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. The auditorium also has a hearing loop.

The Queen Elizabeth Hall can be accessed step-free from Southbank Centre Square, via the Royal Festival Hall JCB lift. Take the lift to Level 2 and enter via the Riverside Terrace.

If you would like a wheelchair space in the auditorium, or if you have any accessibility concerns, please email us at

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