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David Suchet takes top TV prize

by
03 June 2013

by a staff reporter

BBC

A PERSONAL exploration of St Paul's travels by David Suchet has won two top prizes at the Sandford St Martin Trust awards.

At an award ceremony at Lambeth Palace on 3 June, the Premier Television Award for religious broadcasting was given to David Suchet's In the Footsteps of St Paul (BBC One). It also won the Radio Times' Listeners Award for religious programme of the year.

The Premier Radio Award went to Hearing Ragas (BBC Radio 4), which related the effect that hearing Indian ragas had on Professor Paul Robertson when he was in a coma.

The 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony won a new prize, the Sandford St Martin Trustees' Award, an occasional award for a programme that did the most to bring an awareness of religion into ordinary life. Th award was presented to Frank Cottrell Boyce, who worked with Danny Boyle, the artistic director.

The retiring Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, was given a Personal Award for his advocacy not only of the Jewish faith but of religion in general. On receiving his award he said: "Broadcasting forces us to share our faith with people of other faiths, or no faith at all. I hope religion never loses its voice in the public domain, the voice of faith that we need to hear whether we agree with it or not; the voice that speaks to the better angels of our nature."

TELEVISION AWARDS

Premier Award DAVID SUCHET: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST PAUL CTVC and Jerusalem Productions (Episode 1) for BBC One

Runner-up Award GOODBYE TO CANTERBURY BBC Factual Arts for BBC Two

Merit Award ISLAM: THE UNTOLD STORY Maya Vision for CHANNEL 4

RADIO AWARDS

Premier Award HEARING RAGAS BBC Bristol for BBC Radio 4

Runner-up Award BLASPHEMY AND THE GOVERNOR OF THE PUNJAB Goldhawk Productions for BBC Radio 4

Merit Award THE PULSE PASSION Whistling Frog Productions/HCJB Global for The Pulse

RADIO TIMES READERS' AWARD

DAVID SUCHET: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST PAUL

TRUSTEES' AWARD

2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony

PERSONAL AWARD

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

www.sandfordawards.org.uk

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