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7/7 quest wins faith TV award

02 November 2006

A programme about the bombings in London on 7 July has won the premier award at the Sandford St Martin Trust Religious Television Awards, presented at Lambeth Palace on Wednesday. The Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch, chairman of the Trust, commented at the ceremony on the high standard of entries.

The awards were presented by the actress Patricia Routledge.

The programme, 7/7: A Test of Faith with Rageh Omaar, was produced by Granada Factual North for ITV1. It gave survivors and relatives of those who had been killed the chance to describe how it had affected their faith. The jury praised the fact that "there was no pretence of resolution."

The runner-up in the awards was Channel 4's Priest Idol, made by Diverse. The programme followed the progress of a new American Priest-in-Charge, the Revd James McCaskill, who went to work in a former mining community in Yorkshire (News, 14 February 2005).

One of two merit awards went to The Monastery, which was filmed at Worth Abbey by Tiger Aspect for BBC2. It followed five men who spent 40 days living the monastic life. The jury appreciated its "understatedness".

At the same ceremony, the Radio Times announced the winner of its first ever poll of its readers on the best religious programme ( News, 7 April): Tsunami: Where Was God? The programme, a study of the Boxing Day disaster, made by 3BM and broadcast on Christmas Day on Channel 4, was also awarded a merit by the Trust.

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