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Sandford awards for religious broadcasting announced

29 May 2015

On the run: a scene from Children of the Holocaust, an animation for children which brings to life the accounts by elderly sur­vivors of their child­hood ex­­per­ien­­ces of Nazi atroci­t­ies, and their es­­cape from occu­pied Eur­ope to a new life in the UK

On the run: a scene from Children of the Holocaust, an animation for children which brings to life the accounts by elderly sur­vivo...

AN ANIMATION that recounts the recollections of Jewish people who were children during the Second World War has won the first Sandford St Martin prize for children's broadcasting.

The makers of Children of the Holocaust for BBC2, Fettle Animation, received the new prize at a ceremony in Lambeth Palace on Wednesday, as part of the annual awards for excellence in religious programming organised by the Sandford St Martin Trust, founded in 1978 by the Wills family, and currently chaired by the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines.

The outright TV winner was One Million Dubliners, a documentary for RTE about the 1.2 million people buried in Glasnevin cemetery in Dublin. The radio winner was No Destination, a BBC Radio 4 documentary about the 8000-mile walk for peace made 50 years ago by Satish Kumar.

In addition, the Sandford trustees gave a special award to Lyse Doucet, the BBC's chief international correspondent, in recognition of her 30 years of reporting from some of the world's most dangerous trouble-spots.

Her most recent work has been coverage of the Arab Spring, and the ongoing conflicts in Gaza, Syria, and northern Iraq.

Bishop Baines said: "We are delighted to be giving Lyse our special award for her commitment to journalism and her intelligent and clear reporting of the religious elements of global events. In the fast-moving and pressurised world of news reporting, this is no mean task."

The winners:
One Million Dubliners (Underground films for RTE 1); Runner-Up: Marvellous  (Fifty Fathoms and Tiger Aspect For BBC Two);
Radio: No Destination (Reel Soul Movies for BBC Radio 4); Runner-Up: For The Love Of God (BBC Asian Network/BBC News for BBC Asian Network).
Children: Children Of The Holocaust (Fettle Animation for BBC Two); Runner-Up: Children Of Kabul: An Uncertain Future, a Newsround Special (CBBC Productions for CBBC).
Radio Times Readers Award: Grantchester  (Lovely Day/Masterpiece for ITV).
Trustees' Award: Lyse Doucet, BBC chief international correspondent.


'The best of journalism is being there, on the ground, in the heat and ther dust' - Interview with Lyse Doucet

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