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Sandford St Martin Trust to livestream winners

17 April 2020

 A grieving father’s Christian conversion is among the religious programmes short­listed

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Nadim Ednan-Laperouse (centre), whose daughter, Natasha, died after having an allergic reaction to sesame seeds in a sandwich, describes a religious vision that he had, in A Bright Yellow Light (Radio 4)

Nadim Ednan-Laperouse (centre), whose daughter, Natasha, died after having an allergic reaction to sesame seeds in a sandwich, describes a religious v...

A FILM about anti-Muslim violence in India, documentaries on the im­­pact of The Satanic Verses over the past 30 years, and a grieving father’s conversion to Christianity are among the religious programmes short­listed for the 2020 Sandford St Martin Awards.

The Sandford St Martin Trust is an independent, non-profit organ­isa­tion that honours excellence in broadcasting on religion, ethics, and spirituality. The winners are usually announced at a ceremony at Lam­beth Palace, but this year they are due to be announced during an event streamed online, on 11 June.

On the shortlist for the TV/video category is The Satanic Verses: 30 years on, by Vice Studios, for BBC2: a documentary that examines the impact that Salman Rushdie’s novel had on Muslims in Britain, and the questions that it poses about free speech. Programmes shortlisted in the radio/audio category included A Bright Yellow Light for Radio 4, which explored the religious con­­­­ver­sion of Nadim Ednan-Laperouse after the death of his daughter from a peanut allergy (Media, 3 January).

The Hour of Lynching, which was shortlisted in the broadcast journ­al­ism category, is a 19-minute docu­mentary from The Guardian about violence inflicted on Muslims in India by Hindu nationalists. The film examines the impact on Muslim families, and the efforts that politi­cians and lynch mobs will make to legitimise the murders.

Others in the shortlist in this cat­egory include How a Conference Call Sparked America’s Abortion Obses­sion, also by The Guardian, and Heart and Soul: Jewish and returning to Germany (BBC World Ser­vice).

Shortlisted in the children’s broad­­­­­­­­­casting category was Finding My Fam­ily: Holocaust — A Newsround Special, for CBBC and iPlayer, and Hijab and Me, for the website TrueTube.co.uk, a short document­ary in which three Muslim women give their views on the hijab.

This month, the Radio Times an­­nounced the shortlist for its annual RT Readers’ Award, which is part of the Sandford St Martin awards: The Archers (Radio 4); How the Other Kids Live (Channel 4); Miriam’s Dead Good Adventure (BBC 2); Good Omens (Amazon Prime); Three Vicars Talking (Radio 4); and Peter Taylor: My journey through the Troubles (BBC 2).


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