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."
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
Merit Award ISLAM: THE UNTOLD STORY Maya Vision for CHANNEL
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
2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks