2017 Award Winners
The winners of the 2017 Sandford St Martin Awards were announced during a special ceremony held at Lambeth Palace on 7 June 2017.
TV and Radio Times Readers’ Awards Winner
A World Without Down’s Syndrome?
A state of the nation documentary fronted by actor Sally Phillips which the Daily Mail called “profoundly moving, joyous, informative and frequently funny”. All true and yet in this programme, Sally explores a very serious subject and asks what impact a new screening test could have on our society and its potential to eradicate the next generation of Down’s syndrome kids. In a world where pre-natal genetic screening is predicted to become routine, what future do people with disabilities have in our society?
Life and Death the Pentecostal Way
Pentecostalism is now the largest Christian faith in London. Broadcast as part of the BBC’s Black & British season, this documentary tells the powerful and moving stories of worshippers at one of London’s oldest black majority Pentecostal churches. By focussing particularly on the stories of three members of the congregation during defining moments in their lives, the film explores the role the church plays for its members and in the wider community. “Charismatic preachers inspire passionate worship, and with family members of all ages involved, it is an inclusive, bonding experience in a fractured world.” – The Times
Children’s Award Winner
If you were forced to leave your home and could only take one bag, what would you take? What would it feel like to be on the run from your own country, in the hope of finding a safe place somewhere else? In this short drama, we meet a young girl and her family in an unknown land and discover how they came to be there, far away from home.
Some Father’s Son
Billy McCurrie was 12 years old when his father was killed by the IRA. At 16, consumed with anger, Billy joined the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). A year later he got his chance to kill. This is the story of the legacy of his loss. “Some Father’s Son” is one of a series of films aimed at encouraging young people to explore the impact of extremism on individuals and communities. It was launched at Quintin Kynaston, the school once attended by Mohammed Emwazi, who later became known as “Jihadi John”.
2017 Trustees’ Award
The Moral Maze
Provocative and engaging, The Moral Maze has been examining the ethical issues behind the week’s news stories since 1990. Presented by respected journalist and broadcaster Michael Buerk since its inception, the series calls upon an eclectic panel of regular contributors drawn from the worlds of religion, politics and journalism including Claire Fox, Giles Fraser, Anne McElvoy, Michael Portillo, Melanie Phillips and Matthew Taylor. Previous panelists include Rabbi Hugo Gryn, Geoffrey Robertson, Michael Gove and David Starkey. Announcing the recipient of the Trustees’ Award, the Rt Rev Nick Baines, Lord Bishop of Leeds and the Trust’s Chair said: “We live in a complex world, and this programme takes these complexities seriously. It also refuses to collude with the notion that all arguments must be reduced to the simplistic or the slogan. Sometimes annoying, usually riveting, always worth the listen.”